Ten years ago China and Denmark signed a partnership agreement making SDC a reality. Since then, more than a thousand MSc students have graduated, and together with numerous researchers, they have laid the foundation to a strong Danish-Chinese partnership.
On 11 December 2020 we celebrated the achievements and launched the SDC International Report 2020.

The report is a highlight in the history of SDC and an example of how international partnerships can contribute to important perspectives on sustainable solutions to pressing global challenges – in this case energy transition.

10 years of collaboration and impact

11 December 2020
Professor and Dean of Sino-Danish College Zhao Hong welcomed more than 200 participants when 10 years of intensive Chinese-Danish collaboration was celebrated online and at SDC in Huairou. SDC marked the anniversary with a symposium and launch of the first SDC International Report.

Among other prominent guests, the event was attended by the Ambassador of Denmark to China Thomas Østrup Møller and Wang Yanfen, executive vice president, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

“The Sino-Danish relations revolve around shared interest, mutual respect and dialogue. Exactly dialogue is the DNA of SDC. All of you Chinese and Danish students present here today, you sprout from different soil, providing us your own distinctive characteristics, ideas and values. And this diversity is what makes SDC a fertile ground for learning and research,” the Ambassador Thomas Østrup Møller said in his speech where he referred to SDC as a house of science.

“A house where we adhere to the universal standards of knowledge production and veracity. Here we strive to pass on the best of our knowledge and produce new insights that will contribute to the improvement of our societies.”

Over the past decade, much progress and many achievements have been made, some of which can be made up in numbers. Among those are a number of joint research projects, more than 600 scientific publications (2015-2019), co-funding of more than 400 Danish and Chinese PhD students, and almost 800 graduates have met the world with a double degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a Danish university in their hand.

Launch of the first SDC International Report
The first SDC International Report “Cooperating for Energy Transition”, which comprises contributions from nearly 50 Chinese and Danish researchers, was launched and marked with three parallel paper sessions.

  • Technology perspectives

  • Providing clean energy

  • Innovating the future

“This report shows the synergies between our countries and between research on sustainable energy and in social science,” said Principal Coordinator Stine Haakonsson who is one of the editors, and Principal Coordinator Birte Holst Jørgensen elaborated:

“No country alone can combat climate change, and in 2015 the world agreed on the Paris accord in order to keep global temperature increase well below 2 degree. Also, in 2015 Mission Innovation was launched to accelerate clean energy innovation with China and Denmark as founding countries.”

Together with their Chinese counterparts Hong Zhao and Guangchao Chen they have edited the report, which is the result of many years of collaboration across scientific disciplines and borders.

“I am delighted that this report on energy and policy is published now, because it is a vastly important topic on the global agenda that we need to deal with together. The fact that the report includes 17 peer reviewed articles co-authored by Danish and Chinese researchers across different scientific fields is a significant achievement and a great example of how Danish and Chinese researchers benefit from working closer together.”

Morten Laugesen, Executive Director of SDC

SDC International Report 2020

Read the full report


Welcome and introductory remarks

CN 16:00-17:15 / DK 09:00-10:15
/ Welcome by Ms. Zhao Hong, Professor and Dean of Sino-Danish College, and Executive Director of Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research, Mr. Morten Laugesen

/ Dr. Wang Yanfen, executive vice president, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

/ H.E. Thomas Østrup Møller, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to the People's Republic of China and Mongolia

/ Speech by Hans Müller Pedersen, Director General of The Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science, Head of the Danish Delegation to the SDC Joint Managerial Committee

/ Introduction to the SDC International Report 2020 by editors Birte Holst Jørgensen and Stine Haakonsson

Moderator: Prof. Hong Zhao

Panel discussion:
Energy research as the stepping-stone for the green transition

CN 17:15-18:00 / DK 10:15-11:00
/ Ms. Mette Fjord Sørensen, Head of Research, Higher Education and Diversity, the Confederation of Danish Industry, Member of the SDC Joint Managerial Committee

/ Mr. Pablo Hevia-Koch, team leader of Centre for Global Coorporation, Danish Energy Agency

/ Chen Guangchao, Professor and principal coordinator, UCAS, SDC Sustainable Energy

/ Mr. Jørgen Delman, Professor of China Studies, University of Copenhagen

/ Mr. Rongping Mu (穆荣平), Professor and Dean of School of Public Policy and Management, UCAS

Moderator: Dr. Thomas Trøst Hansen, Innovation Attaché, Innovation Centre Denmark

Parallel paper sessions

CN 18:15-19:15 / DK 11:15-12:15
Session 1: Technology perspectives
This session presents recent research on energy scenarios and policies, mapping of wind resources, smart energy systems and power electronics, and large scale integration of renewables.

Chair: Dr. Guangchao Chen, Dean, College of Materials Science and Opto-electronics Technology, University of China Academy of Sciences

Chapter 3: Scenarios and policies (Jie XU, Advisor, Danish Energy Agency)
Chapter 4: Wind resources (Xiaoli Guo Larsén, Senior Scientist, DTU Wind)
Chapter 5: Smart energy (Qiuwei Wu, Associated Professor, DTU Electrical Engineering)
Chapter 6: Power electronics (Birgitte Bak-Jensen, Professor, Department of Energy Technology, AAU)

Session 2: Providing clean energy
This session presents recent research on district heating and integration, solar thermal energy, digitalisation and energy efficiency, and small-scale hydro power.

Chair: Dr. Klaus Skytte, Chief Executive Officer, Nordic Energy Research

Chapter 8: District heating (Zhuolun Chen, Senior Researcher, UNEP DTU Partnership)
Chapter 7: Solar thermal (Jianhua Fan, Associated Professor, DTU Civil Engineering)
Chapter 9: Digitalisation (Nicolas Fatras, PhD Candidate, Center for Energy Informatics, SDU)
Chapter 15: Small hydro power (Conglin Zhang, Associated Professor, Institute of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Session 3: Innovating the future
This session presents recent research on innovation for urban China, catch up in renewables, new local innovation models, China’s experimentalism, and financing for sustainable development.

Chair: Alan Irwin, Professor, Department of Organization, CBS

Chapter 10: Catch up in renewables (Rasmus Lema, Associate Professor, Aalborg University)
Chapter 11: Sustainability-driven innovation (Lv Ping, Professor, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Chapter 12: Urban Energy Transition (Ping Huang, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Sheffield University)
Chapter 13: Pragmatic experimentalism (Julia Kirch Kirkegaard, Researcher, DTU Wind)
Chapter 14: Financing low-carbon (Mathias Lund Larsen, PhD Candidate, Copenhagen Business School)

On-site reception

CN 19:15-20:15 / DK 12:15-13:15
The event was organised in cooperation with Innovation Centre Denmark, Shanghai