In 2009, the Royal Society of Chemistry signed a cooperation agreement with the State Administration for Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), a division of the Chinese Government. As part of a wider governmental initiative to enhance the global impact of Chinese science and China’s higher education institutions, the RSC and SAFEA provide funding for a Visiting Researchers Programme. This encourages academics from the UK to visit Chinese universities to share best practice, advise Chinese researchers on presenting their research to an international audience and to stimulate collaboration between UK and Chinese institutions.
This blog provides a space for participants to share their experiences and for the RSC to highlight the opportunities that stem from the SAFEA programme.

*The map is reproduced from the United Nations Statistics Division

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Professor Carl Redshaw, newly moved to the University of Hull, has just got back from his second trip to China this year.

Earlier in 2012, he visited Hunan Normal University, Changsa and he has recently returned from his trip to the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.

Read more about both of his trips here...

Posted by Amy Styring on Sep 18, 2012 3:24 PM BST
Dr Falko Drijfhout from Keele University has also just returned from his trip to Zheijang University in Hangzhou, China.

He has visited Zheijang before, in September last year, when he got chatting to a Chinese researcher who was interested in collaborating on research into whiteflies, a serious pest to crops. This year the RSC has sponsored a second visit for him to discuss their ongoing research on the role of hydrocarbons in whitefly behaviour and identification.

Read more about Falko's trip and the story behind this collaborative work...
Posted by Amy Styring on Aug 16, 2012 1:24 PM BST

Professor Annie Bligh 
from London Metropolitan University has just got back from her trip to Qinghai University Medical College in Xining, China.  She had a fantastic experience and we welcome her back to the UK! 

Read more about her trip in her day to day account of her experiences which follows...
Posted by Amy Styring on Aug 2, 2012 2:31 PM BST
Currently two researchers are visiting China as part of the SAFEA programme.

Annie Bligh from London Metropolitan College is currently visiting Qinghai University. 

Carl Redshaw from the University of East Anglia has already visited Hunan Normal University and is now on the second part of his trip in Beijing.

We look forward to hearing more about their experiences shortly.
Posted by Laura Smart on Jul 24, 2012 10:03 AM BST

In 2011 Dr Falko Drijfhout visited Zhejiang University as part of the RSC Visiting Researcher Programme. This year he will return to  follow-up on shared research projects and discuss opportunities for further collaborative work. To find out more about his visit last year have a look at his trip report.
Posted by Laura Smart on Jun 15, 2012 9:28 AM BST

David Andrews from the Univeristy of East Anglia visited Sichuan University last month. He gave seven presentations, one of which was titled How to Capture Light - Learning from Nature.  Have a look at the advert for his trip.

Posted by Laura Smart on Jun 8, 2012 3:39 PM BST
Since 2010, 9 researchers have visited 9 universities in China. Have a look at our map to see the locations.

This year another 5 researchers will visit China. They are:

We look forward to hearing about their trips shortly.

Posted by Laura Smart on May 15, 2012 1:52 PM BST