The 2019 Guangdong “Zhongchuang Cup” Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition was held from 18th to 19th September 2019 in Jiangmen, China.
The aim of this post-doctoral innovation competition is to transform potential scientific research into business by developing doctoral talents. There were close to 400 attendees at the event which included the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Guangdong Provincial Department of Human Resources and Social Security, relevant leaders of Jiangmen City, expert judges, and postdoctoral talents.
Cheng Hu from the University of Lincoln, who is currently on secondment at Guangzhou University, competed at the event where he showcased the Colias robot platform.
The postdoctoral innovation competition attracted 476 projects from six strategic emerging industries including biomedicine and general health, electronic information, new energy, energy conservation and environmental protection, new materials, the Internet and mobile Internet, and advanced manufacturing .
Out of the initial 476 projects, 328 entered the preliminary round. Of these, 60 outstanding projects advanced to the semi-finals, which included Cheng. As a result of advancing to the semi-finals, Cheng was invited to participate in innovative counselling training delivered by the National Postdoctoral Innovation (Jiangmen) Demonstration Center and Guangzhou Leading Human Resources Development Co. Ltd. Training included “Business Plan Writing” and “Business Project Roadshow Training”
From these 60 semi-finalists, 24 elite projects reached the finals. Cheng achieved an outstanding result and received the “winning award” ranking 12 of 30 in the semi-final, and 9 of 12 in the final.
Whilst on secondment at ULTRACEPT partner Guangzhou University, Xuelong Sun and Dr Cheng Hu from the University of Lincoln attended the Guangdong (Foshan) Doctoral and Postdoctoral Talent Exchange and Technology Project Matchmaking Conference.
Each city of Guangdong province is provided a space in which to display their best innovation and entrepreneurship examples of 2019. As one of the city-governed universities, Guangzhou University was asked to select its most attractive and novel research to showcase at the event. Xuelong and Cheng were recommended by Guangzhou University to give a demonstration of their ColCOSP system and Colias robot platform.
The event was hosted by the Guangdong Provincial Department of Human Resources and Social Security and the Foshan Municipal People’s Government. It was held on November 18, 2019 at the Tanzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center in Foshan, China in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Nearly 1,200 people from all over the world gathered in Foshan to participate. The opening ceremony was chaired by Qiao Yu, deputy mayor of the Foshan Municipal Government.
The conference lasted two days, with the theme of “bringing talents from all over the world and creating a talent bay area”, with the key aim of “promoting exchange and cooperation of post-doctoral talents and serving the transformation of post-doctoral scientific and technological achievements”.
At the event, Xuelong and Cheng gave a demonstration of their ColCOSP system and the Colias robot platform to the esteemed delegates and to the wider community of the Robotics and AI. They also exchanged some knowledge, ideas and interests concerning Robotics and AI with researchers from the related fields. Xuelong added “It was a great chance to let more people know our platforms and researching supported by EU H2020 project”.
The ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting was hosted by UoL at the Cambridge Hotel in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It took place on the 26th February 2020. Attendees included students, researchers, academic staff, partner leads, the project manager and the EU Project Officer.
Due to the travel restrictions caused by the global pandemic Covid-19, the meeting was attended both in person and via Zoom video conferencing.
The mid-term meeting provided partners with an opportunity to engage in a fruitful and constructive dialogue between the consortium and the Research Executive Agency.
Members shared progress on the secondments, milestones and deliverables for the ULTRACEPT project. It also provided partners an opportunity to discuss challenges and to develop strategies for overcoming them.
In addition to this, a number of presentations were delivered by partner leads, researchers, and students as listed below. Presenters were able to demonstrate their research and share learning with others. In the afternoon, attendees had the opportunity to further network and share ideas.