Now in its thirteenth edition, the Zhongguancun (ZGC) Forum is the main Chinese platform for the promotion of international cooperation in the field of science and technology. Organized in Beijing, the Forum is promoted by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and the Government of Beijing Municipality.

Located in the Haidian district of Beijing, Zhongguancun is considered one of the most important areas of high-tech industrial development in China and in the world. It hosts more than 10,000 technology companies and research centres, including over half of China’s unicorns, to which the central government has been dedicating considerable resources and incentives for research and development and venture creation.

Now in its thirteenth edition, the Zhongguancun (ZGC) Forum is the main Chinese platform for the promotion of international cooperation in the field of science and technology. Organized in Beijing, the Forum is promoted by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and the Government of Beijing Municipality.

Located in the Haidian district of Beijing, Zhongguancun is considered one of the most important areas of high-tech industrial development in China and in the world. It hosts more than 10,000 technology companies and research centres, including over half of China’s unicorns, to which the central government has been dedicating considerable resources and incentives for research and development and venture creation.

In this context, the annual edition of the Zhongguancun (ZGC) Forum (held both offline and online in the last two editions) takes place to foster international cooperation and business development for research centers, companies and innovative startups interested in internationalization and technology transfer processes.

Each year, the program gathers thousands of leading experts, academics, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and representatives of governmental and international organizations in order to strengthen the exchange of knowledge, talents and skills.

For two consecutive years, SPICI coordinated the participation of dozens of Italian and international experts on the occasion of various seminars and round tables on the theme of innovation. It also managed the selection and participation of about 300 spinoffs, startups, and innovative Italian and international SMEs in the competition entitled “100 Best Industrial Innovations for International Technology Transfer“. Coordinated in collaboration with the International Technology Transfer Network, the competition aims to select the 100 most promising innovations each year at the international level in order to facilitate technology transfer.

 

 

2021 Edition

The thirteenth edition of the Zhongguancun (ZGC) Forum which took place from 24 to 28 September 2021 was inaugurated by the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, who highlighted the importance of international cooperation in the field of science and technology.

In this context, SPICI coordinated the participation of Italian and international experts and academics in several round tables for the sharing of technology transfer best practices. In particular, SPICI contributed to the organization of the opening sessions of the Forum, the session “Cooperation on Technology Transfer between Universities”, the session “Matchmaking for European and Eurasian Technology Transfer”, and the session “Matchmaking for Technology Transfer between America, Oceania, Asia and Africa”.

In addition, more than 2,800 technology projects applied to participate in the“100 Best Industrial Innovations for International Technology Transfer” competition. Coming from 36 countries, the projects focused on the following 10 technological sectors:  Next Generation ICT, Smart Manufacturing, Biotechnology and Life Sciences, Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Health Technologies, High-End Equipment, Modern Agriculture, Intelligent Transport and New Materials.

The Competition was organized by the International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN), in collaboration with SPICI, and promoted by the China Center for International Science and Technology Exchange (CISTE) and the Management Committee of Zhongguancun Science Park.

After the 6 selection and evaluation phases carried out by 94 international experts during the year, the list of the 100 best innovations was presented at the Zhongguancun (ZGC)  Forum  2021.

Among these 100 innovations, 14 projects suggested by SPICI were selected including 13  Italian projects (Experenti, Mindesk SRL, Youbiquo srl, Naxospharma srl, UBT SRL (Umbria Bioengineering Technologies), “ABC PUBLIC WATER COMPANY Naples”, Seares Srl, Recover Ingredients, The Circle S.A.R.L., OPTOSMART S.R.L., Officine Meccaniche Irpine and Laboratoria Srl) and 1 Iranian project  (Basir Technologies).

SPICI also coordinated the participation of highly qualified experts and judges: Sergio Cavalieri, Vice-Rector for Technology Transfer, Innovation and Research Enhancement, University of Bergamo; Plinio Innocenzi,  former Scientific Attaché at the Embassy of Italy in the People’s Republic of China and Professor of Materials Science and Technology at the University of Sassari; Vincenzo Lipardi,  President of SPICI; Bankole Oloruntoba, Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC); Roberto Termine, Researcher, Italy’s National Research Council (CNR); Giovanni Breglio, Professor of Electronics, Department of Electrical Engineering and  Information Technologies  (DIETI), University of Naples Federico II; and Elio Masciari, Professor at DIETI, University of Naples Federico II.

 

 

2020 Edition

On the occasion of the twelfth edition of the Zhongguancun (ZGC) Forum from 17 to 19 September 2020, SPICI contributed to the selection of over 2,000 innovative companies (including 100 Italian companies) from Europe, North and South America, as well as from China and Africa. Companies had access to the matchmaking program with investors, potential business and technology partners, and local companies.

Among the Italian startups, 8 have been included in the prestigious ranking of “100 Best Industrial Innovations for International Technology Transfer“:  KEMONIA RIVER SRL, TURBOALGOR S.r.l., IS Clean Air Italy srl, GSI S.r.l., Inesse Corporation, 3Bee, Vaxxit Srl, eProInn. Among these, IS Clean Air and Vaxxit were selected to take part in the final phase of the competition.

The speakers, judges and experts whose participation was coordinated by SPICI included Prof. Innocenzi, Dr. Lipardi and Prof. Breglio who also participated in the 2021 edition, as well as Luigi  Nicolais, former Minister for Reforms and Innovations in Public Administration, former President of the National Research Council and current President of Materias; Giorgio Ventre, Director of DIETI of the University of Naples Federico II; Mario Draoli, Head of Unit Procurement Strategies and Market Innovation at the Agency for Digital Italy; Leopoldo Angrisani, Director of CESMA of the University of Naples Federico II; Santolo Cozzolino, Director of the Biotechnology Center of the Caldarelli Hospital; Chiara Maiorino, Regional Manager South Europe of EIT Health of the European Union; Angelo Coletta, President of Italia Startup; Donatella Piccione, International Area Manager of Lazio Innova; Filippo Ammirati, Scientific Director of ENEA Progetti Enterprise Europe Network; Roberto Luzi Crivellini, Partner of Macchi di Cellere Gangemi; and Enrico Iaria, Project Manager di SPICI.