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EU-CHINA Science and Technology Week opened yesterday at the EU Pavilion, bringing science to the public in a series of events, forums and lectures until Saturday.

Free entertaining science events will be held at the Shanghai Science Hall, including discussions at its cafe with scientists from China and Europe, a festival of award-winning European science films, and a laser show by Sweden's Lund University.

Sessions on science policy-making, forums on clean energies, urban climate, food safety and new materials for energy efficient cities, as well as dialogues between Chinese and EU leaders to enhance cooperation in science and technology are being held at the EU Pavilion until Friday.

During the week, more than 500 leading scientists, industrial experts, researchers, university professors and government officials from Europe and China will share their knowledge, experience and aspirations.

EU-China Science and Technology Week began with the signing of a Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in 1998 to showcase the scientific achievements and cooperative projects between the European Union and China.

Many collaborations have taken place over the years.

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's research arm, is working with Chinese partners on the safe and peaceful use of nuclear energy. It also cooperates with Chinese research bodies and government authorities on the development and use of technologies for disaster management, such as the use of remote sensing for damage assessment during the Sichuan earthquake in 2008.

In the first three years of the EU's 7th Framework Program for Research (2007-2013), 145 Chinese researchers have been selected for funding by the European Commission.

"The EU-China Science and Technology Week is a great opportunity to identify future research priorities and explore new scientific collaborations between the EU and China," said Jose Manuel Silva Rodriguez, the European Commission's director general for research.


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