ABCP 2021 Annual ConferenceNews (23rd June 2020): Considering the COVID-19 pandemic in China and in the UK, the ABCP Standing Management Committee has decided to postpone the 2nd ABCP Annual Conference from 2020 to be held on 2nd and 3rd July, 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our participants.

ABCP 2021, the 2nd ABCP Annual Conference will be held at the University of Birmingham on 2nd (Friday) and 3rd (Saturday) July 2021. It will be the largest and most inclusive activity of ABCP members and collaborators from different sectors including academia, research funders, industry, government and other sectors to meet and discuss UK-China collaborations in research, education, innovation and culture exchanges. ABCP 2021 is themed “Promotion of collaboration between China and the UK for developing joint research projects”. The Conference is open to all, including ABCP members, non-ABCP academics (Chinese and non-Chinese) and people from non-academic sectors such as industry and the public sector. We are also welcome early career researchers especially postdocs and graduating PhD students to attend.

Venue: Bramall Music Hall, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK (Google Maps)
Dates: 2 & 3 July, 2021

Online Registration

The online registration for the conference will be announced soon.

Registration Type Registration Fee Registration Page
Regular £100 TBA
Reduced (ABCP Full and Associate Members) £50 TBA

Speakers and Special Guests

The following people confirmed attendance as speakers or special guests (to be re-confirmed due to the rescheduled dates of the Conference caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK):

Programme (Tentative)

Day 0 – 1st July 2021

  • During the day: on-site registration
  • Evening: Pre-conference dinner

Day 1 – 2nd July 2021

  • Morning: Open ceremony, invited keynote talks and panel discussions
  • Afternoon: UK-China HEI Presidents Forum for presidents and vice presidents of HEIs (higher education institutions) in the UK and from China to share views on how HEIs in both countries can work more closely with each other
  • Evening: Conference banquet

Day 2 – 3rd July 2021

Parallel sessions split into four thematic tracks: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, and Medicine. If you are interested in presenting your research or contributing to any of the above tracks, please contact the corresponding Track Chair:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): Prof Yaochu Jin (金耀初教授), University of Surrey
    • Topics: Machine learning; cognitive robotics; brain science; applications of AI; interdisciplinary aspects of AI (e.g., AI ethics)
  • Advanced Manufacturing: Prof Hongbiao Dong (董洪标教授), University of Leicester
    • Topics: Advanced manufacturing; digital manufacturing; additive manufacturing; engineering materials
  • Energy: Prof Xiao-Ping Zhang (张小平教授), University of Birmingham
    • Topics: Renewable energy; nuclear energy; energy storage; multi-energy carrier energy systems; smart energy systems/smart grids
  • Medicine: Prof Daqing Ma (马大青教授), Imperial College London
    • Topics: Biology; basic medical science research; translational medical research; health/ageing; cognitive science


We welcome industrial sponsors to provide financial and technical support for the event. Please contact Prof Hongbiao Dong (董洪标教授), ABCP Vice-President for Industrial Liaison & Fund Raising, for more details.


We will run an exhibition in parallel with the Conference’s main programme, and welcome HEIs (higher education institutions) in China and the UK, companies and other organisations to be exhibitors. Please contact Prof Shujun Li (李树钧教授), ABCP Vice-President for Internal Communications & Public Relations, for more details.

Organising Committee

General Chair

Prof Hongming Xu (徐宏明教授), ABCP Vice-President for Policy & Membership, University of Birmingham

Organising Committee

Prof Jianguo Lin FREng MAE (林建国院士), ABCP President, Imperial College London (General Co-Chair)
Prof Yi-Ke Guo FREng MAE (郭毅可院士), ABCP Vice-President for International Academic Affairs, Imperial College London (Chair for HEI Forum)
Prof Daqing Ma (马大青教授), ABCP Vice-President & General Secretary, Imperial College London (Track Chair for Medicine on Day 2)
Prof Jihong Wang (王吉红教授), ABCP Vice-President for Finance, University of Warwick (Finance Chair)
Prof Hongbiao Dong (董洪标教授), ABCP Vice-President for Industrial Liaison & Fund Raising, University of Leicester (Sponsorships Chair; Track Chair for Advanced Manufacturing on Day 2)
Prof Shujun Li (李树钧教授), ABCP Vice-President for Internal Communications & Public Relations, University of Kent (Exhibition Chair)
Prof Yulong Ding (丁玉龙教授), University of Birmingham (Local Arrangement Chair)
Prof Yaochu Jin (金耀初教授), University of Surrey (Track Chair for Artificial Intelligence on Day 2)
Prof Xiao-Ping Zhang (张小平教授), University of Birmingham (Track Chair for Energy on Day 2)
Prof KK Cheng (郑家强教授), University of Birmingham