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CDA Autumn Conference


SEPTEMBER 22/23 2020

CDA Conference Session at Beijing Humboldt Forum


Metropolitan Innovation Systems

on the Eurasian Continent in the 21st Century


22nd - 23rd September 2020


With estimated two thirds of world’s population living in urban areas by 2050 the future of mankind’s problem-solving capacity lies in the metropolises. This holds true for Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and the other parts of the world. Based on their schools of thought and professions the distinguished speakers in this conference session therefore take stock of the state-of-play. Exploring the development opportunities of metropolitan innovation ecosystems in a national and international context new insights will emerge how to unleash and nurture the hidden innovation potential.

Against this backdrop this conference session contributes to the ongoing dialogue between China and Europe - representing the historical orient and occident - with peoples living on the same landmass, the Eurasian continent.

Organized jointly by CDA and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in Beijing this conference/conference session was part of the annual Beijing Humboldt Forum (BHF). This year BHF 2020 attracted around 100 international and Chinese speakers as well as more than 1500 participants (according to the main organizer - University of International Business and Economics, UIBE, in Beijing).  

From 2020 onwards the CDA Autumn Conference will be an annual international CDA event in the second half of each year. It will be organized as an online event in collaboration with CDA partner institutions in China, Europe and in other parts of the world.


See the CDA-UCAS conference program 2020 here.

The program was also published on the UCAS homepage here.


Below the organizers provide you with the presentations of the distinguished speakers who allowed us to publish their contributions:

DAY 1: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020

KEYNOTE: Digital Transformation for Inclusive and Sustainable Development


WONG Tsuen Yip, Chief of Technology and Innovation - Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific / UN ESCAP, Bangkok/Thailand


TRACK I: Metropolitan Innovation Systems (MIS) Systemic Evolution


Boosting the Green and Digital Transformation of Cities and Communities in the European Union

Cristina MARTINEZ, Deputy Head of Unit Smart Mobility and Living, DG CONNECT, European Commission, Brussels/Belgium  

Digitalization and the New Force of Regional Innovation in China

LIU Xielin, Professor at School of Economics and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), Beijing/PR China


DAY 2: Wednesday, 23rd September 2020

TRACK II: MIS Healthcare Development


The Healthcare industry and Innovation in China

Francesca SPIGARELLI, Vice-Rector for Entrepreneurship and Technological Transfer, Associate Professor at University of Macerata, Director of the University of Macerata’s China Center, Italy

Creating Value for Bayer’s early Product Pipeline from emerging Chinese Pharma Innovation Ecosystems

Tom KINZEL, Vice President, Head of Open Innovation Center Europe, Bayer AG Research & Development, Pharmaceuticals, Wuppertal/Germany

Transforming the Quality and Sustainability of Food and Beverages with Biotechnology

WU Guifang, Director Asia-Pacific F&B Application Research, Novozymes (China) Investment Co. Ltd., Beijing/PR China


TRACK III: MIS Digital Transformation


Smart Manufacturing in Smart Cities - The Italian Perspective

Sergio CAVALIERI, Vice-Chancellor for Innovation and Technology-Transfer, Professor at University of Bergamo, Bergamo/Italy

Six Observations about Firm Level Digital Transformation in China

GAO Xudong, Professor at Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, School of Economics and Management (SEM), Tsinghua University, Beijing/PR China

Disruptive Innovation in the 21st Century - Creative Metropolitan Clusters as Centers of Gravity for Design-Driven Digital Transformation

Ingo ROLLWAGEN, Professorship for General Management, Academy of Fashion & Design (AMD)/Department of Design, University Fresenius (HSF), Berlin/Germany

Manufacturing and the Future of Work

WANG Jason, Secretary General of China Science and Technology Automation Alliance (CSAA), Beijing/PR China

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