On September 7th, 2015, the Conference on “Promoting Excellence through Enhanced EU-China Researchers’ Mobility and Cooperation", co-organized by NSFC, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), the Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS), the DG Research and Innovation of European Commission and the Delegation of the European Union in China, was held in the CAS Assembly Hall. Vice President Liu attended the meeting and delivered a keynote speech on the introduction of NSFC and its collaboration with European countries and European Union. More than 300 participants from the above mentioned institutes and the Chinese research community attended the meeting.
Vice Minister Cao Jianlin of MoST, Deputy Secretary General Tan Tieniu of CAS, EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation Carlos Moedas and President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon from European Research Council (ERC) joined the event and delivered speeches respectively.
On June 29th, 2015, during the China-EU Summit in Brussels, NSFC and ERC signed a bilateral agreement supporting the Chinese researchers to go to Europe and join ERC-funded research teams for joint research.