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Science and Innovation Diplomacy in Shenzhen

China's centre of innovation and entrepreneurship, Shenzhen, was the location for a joint DFAT/Austrade event bringing together local entrepreneurs with Australian alumni in the research, science and technology start-up communities.

Participation at the seminar and panel session "Facilitating Australia-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship" exceeded all expectations with the venue filled to capacity. Designed to highlight Australian research and innovation capability and to build closer relationships between start-up entrepreneurs, key researchers and local alumni representatives, the event was supported by the Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA), CPA Australia and representatives of Australian Universities in south China.

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Keynote speakers included Ms Joanna Bunting, Counsellor for Industry, Innovation and Science, Beijing, Professor Liu Ke, Dean of Clean Energy Research Institute, Southern University of Science and Technology, Professor Zhang Chengqi, Associate Vice President, University of Technology Sydney and Chair of Australian National Committee for Artificial Intelligence.

Presentations covered topics such as Australian policies, programs and support for science and innovation; the role of the Shanghai Landing Pad as a business incubator for science and technology; cooperation between Chinese enterprises and Australian universities on technology commercialisation and joint research.

Additionally, a panel discussion with representatives from Tencent AI Lab,SemacareEuclideon, and the Australia-China Innovation Centre focused on the journey and experiences of Australian technology startup's in China.

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The discussion covered the similarities and differences between Australian and Chinese business environments, government support, varying business models and the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Australia and China.

For more information contact Jessica Shih.