Following the launch of the University of Birmingham Guangzhou Centre in September 2011, senior academics will return to the city this week to develop additional opportunities for joint research and innovation.  

The University will take part in the Guangzhou Convention of Overseas Scholars in Science and Technology from 20th – 21st December 2011 at Guangzhou Pazhou Exhibition and Convention Centre. Delegates can find out about the University’s research expertise in engineering and physical sciences and medicine, and opportunities for knowledge transfer and business engagement. During the convention, University of Birmingham academics will present seminars on energy, high-value engineering, and research and commercial services.

The University of Birmingham Guangzhou Centre is a unique facility established in coordination with People’s Government of Guangzhou Municipality to facilitate joint research and education initiatives in Guangzhou, the province of Guangdong and the broader Pearl River Delta region. Additionally, it supports knowledge transfer and engagement with business interests in the region, is a hub for research staff, and enables knowledge and expertise between China and the University of Birmingham to be shared.

Since the launch of the University’s Guangzhou Centre in September activity has focused primarily on research collaboration in areas such as translational medicine, large population studies in lifestyle and infectious diseases and cognitive neuroscience. This week’s visit provides the ideal opportunity to develop additional prospects for collaboration with partners in Guangzhou in the areas of engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and the environment. The delegation is being led by Professor Michael Sheppard, Provost and Vice-Principal of the University of Birmingham.

Professor Richard Williams, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, commented:

“The city regions of Guangzhou and Birmingham are both key high technology and manufacturing regions and share common needs in a thirst for high quality science and engineering research professionals and innovation. In our discussions we look forward to developing research and innovation partnerships with companies and bodies interested in advanced materials and energy technologies. The University of Birmingham has world-leading expertise in these sectors which will be highlighted at the exhibitions and meetings.”  

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Established in 1900, the University of Birmingham was the UK’s first civic university where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis. Birmingham’s research power has global reach and 90% of the University’s research activity is rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. It is a founding member of the Russell Group of UK research universities and there are 8 Nobel Prize winners amongst the University of Birmingham’s alumni and academic staff. There are approximately 28,000 students at the University, including 4,000 international students from more than 150 countries. Around 1,000 Chinese nationals are currently studying on a range of programmes at the University. For further information, please visit:  

In addition to its Guangzhou Centre, the University has liaison offices in Beijing and Shanghai.

For further information, please contact:

Vivian Zheng (in Guangzhou), Director of Operations and Business Development, University of Birmingham Guangzhou Centre, Email:  

Catherine Byerley (in the UK), International Press and PR Officer, University of Birmingham, Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 8254, Email: