2019 EU-China Forum on Urban Scientific Research and Innovative Industry Development in Tianjin

The Joint Declaration on the EU-China Partnership on Urbanisation signed by the EU and Chinese leaders in 2012 opened a new chapter for the EU-China urbanisation cooperation. Since then the two sides have witnessed wider, deeper and more practical cooperation. To expand and deepen such urbanisation cooperation, under the guidance of the National Development and Reform Commission of the P.R. China (NDRC), China Center of Urban Development (CCUD) is scheduled to organize the fifth EU-China Forum on Sustainable Urban Development & EU-China Intelligent Technology Innovation Summit in Tianjin on May 17th, 2019. The Forum theme is Intelligent Economy Leads Urban Development.

This Forum will invite European and Chinese city representatives, experts, high-tech and corporate leaders to discuss and exchange ideas around urban development of scientific research and innovative industry. It aims to serve as an EU-China cooperation platform in order to match practical cooperation projects, further develop Tianjin Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Park, and promote the implementation of the Horizon 2020 projects for the sake of urban sustainability and common prosperity in both the EU and China.

Theme: Urban Development Powered by the Intelligent Economy

Organizers: China Center for Urban Development
Government of Binhai New Area, Tianjin
Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe
In Cooperation with: Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission
Organized by: Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee
Special support: Delegation of the European Union to China
Horizon 2020 Urban-EU-China Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation
European Union Chamber of Commerce in China
Sino-Swedish Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre

May 16, Thursday 

09:00-20:00 Check-in

May 17, Friday 

08:00-08:45 Check-in

Main Forum

09:00 – 09:20 Opening Ceremony

Welcoming Remarks

09:20-09:50 Themed Speech: Digital Economy and High Quality Development

09:50-09:57 An Introduction to Tianjin EU-China Advanced Manufacturing
Industrial Park

09:57-10:05 An Introduction to EU-China Urban Research and Innovation Lab

10:05-10:15 Signing and Release Ceremony

10:15-11:15 Keynote Speech: Urban Development Powered by the Intelligent Economy

Topic Description

The main tasks for the development of China in the current stage are the
cultivation of Artificial Intelligence enterprises and industries with the
potential to lead and drive results, and the establishment of a data-driven and
cross-field intelligent economy that is built upon the coordination between
human and machine, and that promotes the joint creation and sharing of
results. Achieving an intelligent economy will create a huge impetus for the
sustainable development of cities, which will mainly manifest in the
improvements in ecological environment, public safety, public services,
social governance and etc. as a result of the application of Artificial

11:15-12:15 High-level Dialogue: Industrial Innovation and
Urban Development

Topic Description

High-quality urban development is dependent upon industrial innovation.
Industrial innovation could help resolve the current issue of China’s
unsustainable traditional mode of urban development, promote the
transformation of the country’s urban development model, and facilitate the
implementation of its New-type Urbanisation Plan. The key to achieving
industrial innovation is the development of emerging industries. The guests
will seek to explore the relationship between scientific innovation and urban
development from the perspectives of Internet technology industry, new energy automobiles, artificial intelligence, etc.

12:15-13:30 Lunch

Parallel Event 1: EU-China Seminar on Sustainable Development

13:30-15:00 Topic 1: Construction of Resilient Cities in the EU and China

Topic Description

Resilient Cities are a new concept of urban development proposed by the
international community aimed at coping with various natural disasters and social
crises, and are very much aligned with the requirements of green development as
spelled out in China’s New-type Urbanisation Plan. The expansion of the Resilient
Cities initiative will improve the quality of Urbanisation, accelerate internally oriented development in the process of Urbanisation, and strengthen cities’
resilience to a host of externalities in order for them to achieve self-restoration and
stress management. In the field of research concerning Resilient Cities, foreign
experts have made tremendous achievements from theoretical research to concrete
practices. The concept of Resilient Cities has begun to take root in all levels of
urban planning and implementation. Guests are invited to share the achievements
and experiences regarding the construction of Resilient Cities in their fields of
The following are the questions to be discussed in the dialogue:
Focusing on Scientific Research and Industry
1. Earthquake Prevention and Urban Construction Guest: Tsinghua University Lu
2. Technology and Urban Management
3. Internet Technology and Urban Governance with Public Participation
4. Incubation Model of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Urban Industrial

15:00-17:00 Topic 2: The Future of EU-China Smart Cities

Topic Description

Smart cities constitute a special path for the transformation of the model of
Urbanisation. Given the complex nature of urban development, recognizing the
importance of smart cities to urban transformation is critical to the future
development of our sustainable cities. The theme of this discussion will highlight
the efforts of China and Europe in developing smart cities, and seeks to raise
broader discussions about the transition of cities to a more sustainable and livable
future. In addition, the experts will also discuss specific implementation initiatives,
research and innovation requirements, and new operational methods in the panel

Parallel Event 2: EU-China City-Industry Partnership Seminar
Venue: (TBD)

Format and Objective
The seminar is divided into three segments: speech by officials, release of business environment manual, and city-industry dialogue.
Chinese cities (such as representatives of municipal governments, local Development and Reform Commissions and Investment Promotion Bureaus) and European enterprises operating in China are invited to participate in the event in a bid to jump-start discussions between the two on the topic of business environment in China through the release of the Manual on the Business Environment of EU-China Advanced Manufacturing Park in Tianjin and Policies Research Report.

14:00-14:05 Moderator: Liu Yue, Director of the International Cooperation Department of the China Center for Urban Development

14:05-14:20 Welcoming Remarks (CCUD, EUCCC, Tianjin)

14:20-15:00 Release of the Manual on Business Environment in Tianjin (CCUD, EUCCC)

15:00-16:30 City-Enterprise Dialogue (10 guests, 10 minutes of statement for each

Range of Enterprises Invited (draft):

  1. France: space and aeronautics industry, pharmaceutical industry, automobile industry, telecommunications and information and communications technology industry;
  2. Germany: automobile and its supporting industries, electronic and electrical equipment industry, chemical engineering and pharmaceutical industry, space and aeronautics industry, information and communications technology industry;
  3. Finland: information and communication technology industry, metal, machinery and chemical industry, energy and environment industry;
  4. Netherlands: food and beverage industry, chemical engineering industry, electrical and electronics industry, mechanical manufacturing industry;
  5. Norway: information and communications technology industry, environmental protection industry;
  6. Denmark: shipping industry, pharmaceutical industry, energy saving and environmental protection industry;
  7. Switzerland: mechanical, electronic and metal industry, pharmaceutical and chemical engineering industry.


Seminar on the Construction of China-EU Urban
Research and Innovation Lab in Tianjin

Time: May 18th 08:00-12:00

Guests invited: Sustainable Urbanisation Project teams of Horizon 2020 (URBAN-EU-CHINA and TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA), CCUD, Delegation of the European Union to China, Science and Technology Committee of Tianjin Binhai New Area, Science and Technology Commission of Tianjin, Tianjin Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee (Urban Environment Administration Bureau, High Technology Development Bureau, Science, Technology and Industrial Innovation Bureau, and Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation)

Objective: Experts of Project teams will carry out comprehensive communication with Tianjin Free Trade Zone Administrative Committee, representatives of communities and representatives of enterprises in FTZ in order to design the future laboratory with a thorough understanding of the current situation of communities in the Tianjin FTZ and the needs of its stakeholders.

08:00-08:40 Visit Laboratory

09:00-12:00 Workshop