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Material scientists from China and the European Union (EU) can expect increased research collaboration following the signing of an agreement on 22 October by EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin and the Chinese Minister for Science and Technology Xu Guanhua.

Both sides hope that the agreement will boost the number of joint research ventures. Almost two years ago, China and the EU signed a science and technology co-operation agreement, which aimed to promote “joint research with shared cost and shared results”. But despite this, fewer than a dozen European projects currently involve Chinese partners while only one Chinese project has EU participation.

The new agreement aims to boost co-operation in material sciences research, support conferences and workshops involving Chinese and EU material scientists and foster the exchange of scientific information.

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