Dutch-Chinese Life Science Forum 2009

5-6 November 2009

Groningen, the Netherlands

The Chinese network of life-sciences in the Netherlands (CNLN) aims to provide a platform to strengthen the exchange of scientific research between China and the Netherlands. It also promotes scientific and social communications among Chinese life-science researchers in the Netherlands. Since 2003, CNLN has organized annual forums to discuss different topics not only relevant to the research but also to the researchers. In 2009, the annual meeting will be held on 5-6 November at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG). It will focus on the joint research programs between China and the Netherlands. The program consists of three specific sessions:

Session 1: Research hotspots in China and the Netherlands

This forum aims to provide a perspective view of research and development at life sciences in China and the Netherlands. This session will summarize the joint projects and inspire new projects by sharing the research hotspots between China and the Netherlands. It covers three major topics: (1) ageing (2) health and nutrition and (3) cultural differences in scientific research.

Session 2: Funding channels for research programs

This session aims to provide practical information about the financial sources for joint research/training programs. The sources include National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), etc.

Session 3: The achievement of current joint programs (posters)

This session aims to provide a overview for the achievements that have been obtained in current joint programs or by Chinese researchers working in the Netherlands.