The China-Italy Joint Laboratory on Advanced Manufacturing (CI-LAM), the bilateral cooperation platform on advanced manufacturing

The China-Italy Joint Laboratory on Advanced Manufacturing (CI-LAM) is a bilateral platform established in 2017 for the promotion of research and development in the field of advanced manufacturing between Italy and China. Through the platform, researchers, students and working groups of partner universities perform joint research activities supporting stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem of both countries. In addition, CI-LAM promotes training, exchange and mobility programs for students, academics and professionals.

On the Italian side, the cooperation platform is promoted by the University of Naples Federico II, the University of Bergamo, Campania NewSteel (one of the main Italian Incubators), in collaboration with SPICI. On the Chinese side, the promoters of CI-LAM are Tsinghua University and the China Sci-Tech Automation Alliance.

Thanks to the activities carried out over the years, CI-LAM has been recognized as the main strategic bilateral platform on advanced manufacturing within the “Italy-China Scientific and Technological Cooperation, Action Plan towards 2025” of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.


The activities of CI-LAM have so far focused on training through the organization of a study visit between Naples and Bergamo in 2018 and the first edition of the Summer School which was held in Naples last July 2019 and to which 22 young Italian talents and Chinese worked on collaborative projects in the field of advanced manufacturing.

The two intensive weeks of the Summer School were divided into over 100 hours of training, laboratory activities and seminars on technology transfer and intellectual property rights. The learning modules covered topics such as: Robotics and industrial automation, Digital system for industry, Web Technologies for industrial applications, PLC programming for industrial automation, and Design of mechatronic systems.


On 3 June 2020, the CI-LAM Academy was inaugurated in the presence of the Italian Minister of University and Research, Prof. Gaetano Manfredi and the Chinese Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Wang Zhigang.

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, the original training program has been digitized and expanded. Between June and August, various training, matchmaking and joint research activities were carried out among students, entrepreneurs and researchers of the two countries with a particular focus on topics related to Industry 4.0.

The Summer School involved 69 students from 19 Italian and Chinese universities around the following topics: Advanced Manufacturing Systems, Energy, Predictive Maintenance, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, Robotics, Cybersecurity, DC Grid System and 5G.

A series of 8 seminars and round tables was also held on the role of innovation in the field of advanced manufacturing and saw the participation of 35 startups and SMEs from the two countries.

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