Workshop on environmental technology innovation for greening supply chains

5th - 7th September 2018

University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China

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Call for participation

Under the Researcher Links scheme, Newton Fund and the British Council will be holding a workshop on the above theme in Ningbo, China on 5th to 7th September 2018. The workshop is being coordinated by The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China and the University of Leeds, UK, and will have contributions from other leading researchers.

We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK or China to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme. 

  • UK coordinator:  Professor Chee Yew Wong, University of Leeds, UK
  • Partner Country coordinator: Dr Jing Dai, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
  • Discipline: Management, Economics, Engineering, Technology, Social Science
  • Dates and venue: University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China, 5th to 8th September 2018.


Application and deadline

The full application below must be completed and submitted by 15th May 2018 to: or 

Application Form

Eligibility criteria
  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline
  • Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience in supply chain management, economics, engineering, technology and social science related to environmental management) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in China
  • Please note that participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop
Quality assessment
  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
  • Description of the long-term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes
Selection procedure
  • Eligibility check
  • Quality assessment
Notification of results

Applicants will be notified by email 2 months prior to the workshop.

Equal opportunities

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, co-ordinators are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance, promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given.

About the workshop

This workshop aims to develop a new form of collaborative research capability for developing new research projects and a UK-China research group that addresses sustainable development goals from an environmental technology and supply chain innovation perspective in the longer term. The objectives are:

  1. Brings together earlier career researchers and experts from different disciplines from the UK and China;
  2. Deepen the understanding of the differences in social, economic and regulatory factors between the China and UK (Europe);
  3. Provide advanced research training to early career researchers that intertwine methodologies and theories from multiple disciplines;
  4. Develop methods for integrating research capacity from different countries and disciplines; and,
  5. Build up new collaborative relationships as a foundation for the UK-China research group for supply chain innovation and environmental sustainability.

The workshop is designed to gather, train and connect early career researchers from different disciplines such that they better understand the complexity and contexts related to environmental technology and supply chain innovation and work together to develop meaningful and impactful research projects, facilitated through learning from mentors and the new joint research group to be formed during the workshop.

Tentative agenda

There will be a three-day workshop from 5th to 8th September 2018.

  • 4th September 2018: Arrival at Ningbo, China
  • 5th – 7th September 2018: Welcome, keynote / expert speeches, parallel sessions, focus-group discussion, social network events, and visit companies/ports
  • 8th September 2018: Depart from Ningbo, China 
Keynote/expert speakers
  • Professor William Young (University of Leeds, UK): The use technology to influence consumer sustainability behaviour: A supply chain innovation perspective;
  • Professor Jian CHEN (Tsinghua University, China): Optimal Regulatory Policies and Green Technology Adoption in an Oligopoly
  • Professor Peter Ball (University of York, UK): Understand diffusion of environmental management practices: A case study of UK Brewery
  • Professor Qinghua Zhu (Shanghai Jiaotong University, China): The role of innovation for promoting corporate social responsibility among small and medium-sized private companies in China

About the Newton Fund

The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 17 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK Government investment of £735 million up until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries.
The Newton Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 15 UK delivery partners, which include the Research Councils, the UK Academies, the British Council, Innovate UK and the Met Office.
For further information visit the Newton Fund website and follow via Twitter: @NewtonFund