Basic Information

2023 ABCP Annual Conference

Dates: 7 and 8 July 2023 (Friday and Saturday)

Travel Information (Venue and Transport)

Car Parking (Car Park B and D, University of Manchester)

Accommodation (for overnight stays)


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


Day 1: 7 July 2023 Friday (hybrid: in-person and virtual participation)

8:30-9:30am Registration and reception with tea 

9:30am – 9:45am Opening Ceremony (Co-chaired by Professor Daqing Ma and Professor Henry Yi Li, venue: Alan Turing Building Room A + Zoom / Webinar ID = 943 9040 2053 + Passcode = 260371)

  • 9:30-9:40am Welcome speech by the President of  ABCP, Professor Hua Zhao, President of ABCP, UK
  • 9:40-9:45am Welcome speech from the University of Manchester, Professor David Polya, FSE Associate Dean for Internationalisation, University of Manchester, UK

9:45am – 11am Plenary Session 1: International/UK-China Education Collaboration in the Era of Post Covid-19 (Co-chaired by Professor Hongbiao Dong and Professor Huabing Yin, venue: Alan Turing Building Room A + Zoom / Webinar ID = 943 9040 2053 + Passcode = 260371)

  • 9:45-9:50am Welcome & a Big Picture of UK-China Relations, Lord Browne of Madingley, Co-chair of ABCP International Advisory Board, UK
  • 9:50-10:10am Bridges over Troubled Waters: UK – China Academic Relations in Uneasy Times, Dr Michael Spence, President and Provost, University College London, UK
  • 10:10-10:20am International Collaboration: An Enterprise for the Common Well-being of Humanity,  Professor Tieniu Tan, Chair of Council, Nanjing University, China
  • 10:20-10:30am Opportunities, Challenges and Mitigating Plans for International Education Collaboration, Professor Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester, UK
  • 10:30-10:40am The Latest Development of China-UK Education Partnership, Jin Zhang, Minister Counsellor for Education, Chinese Embassy in the UK
  • 10:40-10:50am Prospects for UK-China Collaborations, Jamie Arrowsmith, Director of Universities UK International (UUKi), UK
  • 10:50-11am Introduction to UK-Jiangsu 20+20 World Class University Consortium, Professor Alan Marshall, Chair in Communications Networks, University of Liverpool, UK; Director of UK-Jiangsu 20+20 World Class University Consortium, UK and China

11am – 12am Plenary Session 2: University Industry Collaboration (Co-chaired by Professor Qihai Huang and Professor Hongming Xu, venue: Alan Turing Building Room A + Zoom / Webinar ID = 943 9040 2053 + Passcode = 260371)

  • 11-11:10am Models for Industrial Innovation: Partnership with Universities, Ric Parker, Member of ABCP International Advisory Board, former CTO of Rolls-Royce Plc, UK
  • 11:10-11:20am A Better Future through Shared Innovation, Professor Qing Liu, President of National Innovation Centre par Excellence (NICE) & Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI), China
  • 11:20-11:30am Develop of Rapid Test for Covid-19: An Example of International Collaboration and Technology Transfer, Professor Zhanfeng Cui, Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Oxford, UK & Chair of ABCP Council
  • 11:30-11:40am University Industry Collaboration for Inclusive Regional Growth: Learning from UK-China Comparisons, Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Engagement, Director of the West Midlands Regional Economic Development Institute (WM REDI) and City-REDI, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 11:40-11:50am Thriving under Uncertainties, Professor Sai Gu, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (China), University of Warwick, UK
  • 11:50-12pm UK-China Educational Collaboration and Talent Development: Opportunities for the Future and Potential Pitfalls to Navigate, Thomas Clayburn, Senior Adviser, Knowledge Economy – Education Sector Lead, China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), UK

12-1pm Lunch Break (Venue: Alan Turing Building)

1-5pm Parallel Thematic Tracks

5:30-6pm Break and walk to the venue at Christie’s Bistro

6-11:30pm Banquet and Award Ceremony (Co-chaired by Professor Hongbiao Dong, venue: Christie’s Bistro)

  • ABCP outstanding contribution awards
  • ABCP 2022 conference awards
  • Banquet

All day Sponsor Exhibitions (Co-chaired by Professor Hongbiao Dong, Ping Huang, Mai Li and Tim Li, venue: Alan Turing Building)

Day 2: 8 July 2023 Saturday (hybrid: in-person and virtual participation)

9-10am Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ABCP members (Co-chaired by Professor Hua Zhao, Professor Daqing Ma and Professor Hongbiao Dong) (venue: Hyatt Regency + Zoom / Webinar ID = 968 7812 0528 + Passcode = 544613)

10am – 12pm REF 2028 Discussion Forum (Co-chaired by Professor Hongbiao Dong, Professor Henry Yi LiProfessor Qihai Huang, Professor Shujun Li, and Ping Huang, venue: Hyatt Regency + Zoom / Webinar ID = 979 7467 6058 + Passcode = 839845)

  • 10-10:10am REF 2028: People, Culture and Environment, Professor Hongbiao Dong, University of Leicester, UK
  • 10:10-10:20am REF 2028: Contribution to Knowledge and Understanding, Professor Hua Zhao, Brunel University London, UK
  • 10:20-10:30am REF 2028: Introduction to Engagement and Impact, Professor Henry Yi Li, University of Manchester, UK
  • 10:30-10:40am Impact Project Case 1: Personalized AI Enabled Glucose Management System for Diabetics, Dr Kezhi Li, University College London, UK
  • 10:40-10:50am Impact Project Case 2: Passenger Assistance, Dr Xingjie Shen, Founder & CEO, Transreport, UK
  • 10:50-11am Impact Project Case 3: Advanced Power Electronics Packaging and System for EV and Renewable Energy Applications, Professor Teng Long, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 11-11:10am Impact Project Case 4: ‘Closed Loop’ Carbon Recycling for Industrial Decarbonisation, Xuefeng Lin, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 11:10-11:20am Impact Project Case 5: Mobile Energy Stored as Heat (MESH), Mengqi Bai 
  • 11:20-11:30am Impact Project Case 6: Surface Energy Controlled Inking Strategy for Large Scale Manufacturing Wearable ElectronicsProfessor Henry Yi Li, University of Manchester, UK
  • 11:30-11:35am Increase social impact by international collaborations, Zhou Qiuping
  • 11:35-12pm Panel Discussion

12-1pm Lunch Break (Venue: Hyatt Regency)

1-5 or 6pm Parallel Thematic Tracks


General Chair:

Professor Hua Zhao (赵华教授) FREng FMCAE, President, ABCP & Pro Vice Chancellor – Research, Brunel University London

Organising Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Professor Hongbiao Dong (董洪标教授) FREng, Vice-President & General Secretary, ABCP & Professor of Materials Engineering, University of Leicester
  • Professor Henry Yi Li (李翼教授), Professor and Chair of Textile Sci and Engineering, University of Manchester

Organising Committee Members:

  • Professor Daqing Ma (马大青教授) MAE, Executive Vice-President, ABCP & Professor of Anaesthesia, Imperial College London
  • Professor Hongming Xu (徐宏明教授), Vice President (Events and Membership), ABCP & Chair in Energy and Automotive Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • 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

Local Arrangement Committee: