Opening Seminar of Fudan-European Centre for China Studies

Climate, health and the imagination of human futures.

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On the occasion of developing new cooperation between the University of Oslo and Fudan University through the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies (FECCS), we are pleased to bring to you an open forum to highlight some of our joint research interests.

The forum features three topical seminars with outstanding scholars and experts from China and Norway. This event will offer a unique opportunity to share research insights and dialogues on the innovative solutions to climate change, brain health, and the cross-cultural imagination of human futures in various formats of fiction.  

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Time and place

The event will take place via Zoom, May 18, 2021. Time: 9:00-12:15 a.m. (Oslo) / 15:00-18:15 p.m. (Fudan)

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Participation is free, but please sign up before 15 May 2021.

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09:00-09:10/15:00-15:10 Opening Remarks 

09:10-10:35/15:10-16:35 Session I: Climate Change and Sustainability 

Energy systems and energy use play a significant role in producing both carbon emission and air pollutants, thus linking the two. China, Norway and others have made a commitment to achieve the goal of carbon peak and neutrality. 

Which sustainable energy approaches can achieve the goals of carbon peak and neutrality in China? What are the co-benefits of energy transition in tackling climate change? And are there potential negative effects? What is the role of cities in dealing with climate change and environmental issues at the local level? How can researchers from both countries learn from each other and work together with common interests?

10:35-10:45/16:35-16:45 Coffee break 

10:45-12:05/16:45-18:05 Session II: Understanding Brain Disorders

The human brain and its disorders remain a key challenge in health-related research. Recent technology development in brain imaging and genetics has provided novel opportunities for new insight, and together with population birth cohorts capturing environmental stressors, it is now possible to revolutionize our understanding of brain-related traits and disorders.

How can we obtain synergy between China and Norway in brain research, and which research projects can benefit most from collaboration? 
(Please note that this session will have a separate link to be joined after the coffee break)

10:45-12:05/16:45-18:05 Session III: Fiction and Future 

Human society is facing shared anxiety of the future, in the context of a changing global order, spreading of disruptive technology, public health emergency and others. Fiction used to look back in history and seek experiences or reflections, but now it increasingly casts value into the future.

What kind of futures have been imaged in various format of fiction? How can fiction help us to influences and share the future? How can we pursue multiple, diverse and rich futures instead of a single unified and linear one via fiction?

12:05-12.15/18:05-18:15 Closing remarks

Please note that session II and session III will take place in parallel. Please indicate which one you will attend in the registration form.


Executive Vice Director Chunrong Liu
Published May 4, 2021 3:54 PM - Last modified May 11, 2021 4:35 PM