Basic Information

2022 ABCP Annual ConferenceVenue: Teaching and Learning Building, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2SB + Zoom (Online)

Dates: 1 and 2 July 2022 (Friday and Saturday)

Car Parking: Please refer to Visitor Parking at

Hotel (for Overnight Stays & Just for Your Information): Please refer to Lucas House


The registration for the Conference is now open. Please choose one of the following links to register your attendance:


Day 1: 1 July 2022 Friday (hybrid: onsite and virtual participation on Zoom)

10:00am-12:30pm Opening Ceremony (In-person: Lecture Theatre 1, LG18 / Virtual: Zoom link OR Webinar ID = 868 4253 7979 + Passcode = 003565)

  • 10:00am Conference Kick-Off: Professor Hongming Xu – Chair of the Organising Committee, University of Birmingham
  • 10:05am ABCP Opening Address: Professor Hua Zhao FREng FMCAE – President, ABCP; Vice Provost & Dean of College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London
  • 10:10am Professor Max Lu AO DL FREng FAA FTSE FIChemE FRSC FCAS FNAI – Co-Chair, International Advisory Board, ABCP; President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey
  • 10:20am Professor Adam Tickell – Vice-Chancellor & Principal, University of Birmingham
  • 10:35am Professor Dame Janet Beer – Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool
  • 10:50am Professor Gao Song (高松教授) MCAS –  President, Sun Yat-sen University (中山大学) – Online
  • 11:05am Break
  • 11:20am Vivienne Stern MBE – Director, UUKi
  • 11:35am Professor Zongkai Yang (杨宗凯教授) – President, Wuhan University of Technology (武汉理工大学) – Online
  • 11:50am Q&A and Panel Discussion
  • 12:20pm Dr Xinjian Zhou – Vice President of BICI (北京协同创新研究院副院长) – Video
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    Title: How May Academics Collaborate with Industry to Commercialize Their Research

    Abstract: Translating fundamental scientific and technological achievements into real product forces that serve and sustain our society has always been an important topic among scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs. In this talk, the speaker will share about BICI’s models that help inventors cross the chasm between academia and industry, and through case studies show how the design of innovation platforms can enable optimized allocation of market resources and provide new way to better address the technological and economical challenges of today.

    Dr Xinjian Zhou

    Bio: Dr Xinjian Zhou, Vice President of Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI) and President of BICI USA, Director of BICI London. Dr Zhou received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Peking University and Cornell University, respectively. Before joining BICI, Dr Zhou has worked in product development and system engineering as Senior/Staff Engineer at ASML, technology scouting and investment as Venture Manager at Technology-To-Business (TTB) center of Siemens, and technology transfer as BD director at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center(PARC).

    周新建,北京协同创新研究院副院长,美国分院院长,英国分院董事。先后在北京大学和康奈尔大学获得了物理学学士和博士学位。加入协同院之前,曾在ASML做产品开发和系统工程,并曾在西门子TTB中心作风险技术投资经理负责技术开拓及投资,以及在Xerox Palo Alto Research Center作业务拓展总监负责技术转移。

  • 12:30pm Adjourn

12:30pm-01:30pm Lunch Break

01:30pm-04:00pm Parallel Technical Tracks

Day 2: 2 July 2022 Saturday (virtual participation on Zoom)

10:00am-12:00pm Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ABCP members (Chaired by Professor Hua Zhao, President of ABCP) (member-only session: Zoom link will be sent to ABCP members via email)

  • 10:00am-10:40am: UK University Academics in 2020’s – Pathway for the Future – Professor Christina Hughes, Founder and CEO at Women-Space. Executive Coaching. Leadership Development. Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
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    Professor Christina Hughes

    Bio: Christina is a Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Founder and CEO of Women-Space Leadership Limited. She has previously held executive roles at the University of Warwick (Pro-Vice-Chancellor), Sheffield Hallam University (Provost) and University of Kent (Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor). Christina also holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Kent and a Visiting Professorship at Coventry University. She is a member of the Board of Governors at Leeds Beckett University, and a Trustee of Villiers Park Educational Trust. Christina has published over 15 academic texts. Her latest book, coming out at the end of this year, is International Perspectives of Leadership in Higher Education. She is currently working on the Routledge International Handbook of Transdisciplinary Feminist Research to be published next year.

  • 10:40am-11:00am: Q&A
  • 11:00am-11:30am: ABCP Work Review (by ABCP Standing Management Committee)
  • 11:30am-12:00pm: Members’ Q&A and Discussions

12:00pm-01:30pm Lunch Break and Networking

01:30pm-05:00pm Parallel Technical Tracks


Conference Chair:

Professor Hua Zhao (赵华教授) FREng FMCAE, President, ABCP & Vice Provost & Dean of College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London

Organising Committee Chair:

Professor Hongming Xu (徐宏明教授), Vice President (Events and Membership), ABCP & Chair in Energy and Automotive Engineering, University of Birmingham

Organising Committee Members:

  • Professor Daqing Ma (马大青教授) MAE, Executive Vice-President, ABCP & Professor of Anaesthesia, Imperial College London
  • Professor Hongbiao Dong (董洪标教授), Vice-President & General Secretary, ABCP & Professor of Materials Engineering, University of Leicester
  • Professor Qihai Huang (黄起海教授), Vice-President for Finance, ABCP & Head of Management, University of Huddersfield
  • Professor Junwang Tang (唐军旺教授) MAE, Vice-President for Industrial Liaison & Fund Raising, ABCP & Professor of Materials Chemistry and Engineering, University College London (UCL)
  • Professor Huabing Yin (尹华兵教授), Vice-President for EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion), ABCP & Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Shujun Li (李树钧教授), Vice-President for IT & External Liaison, ABCP & Professor of Cyber Security, University of Kent
  • Professor Yaochu Jin (金耀初教授) MAE, Distinguished Chair and Professor in Computational Intelligence, University of Surrey & Alexander von Humboldt Professor for AI, Bielefeld University, Germany
  • Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang (张小平教授), University of Birmingham
  • Dr Shangfeng Du (杜尚丰博士), Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Wen Wang (汪文博士), Associate Professor in HRM, University of Leicester
  • Professor Beining Chen (陈蓓宁教授), University of Sheffield
  • Professor Xin Wang (王欣教授), University of Manchester
  • Dr Mengyi Xu (徐梦艺博士), Cranfield University
  • Professor Huiru (Jane) Zheng (郑慧如教授), Ulster University