Friday 14 September 2018 -
11:00 to 14:30
Royal Society, London

Hosted by the British Office Taipei, this event will bring together senior members and experts from the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and representatives of UK higher education institutions to scope out areas for technological and commercial collaborations.

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Robin Grimes will be attending the workshop. 


ITRI is a non-profit R&D organisation engaging in applied research and technical services and one of the world's leading technology R&D institutions with over 6000 researchers / employees aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan's industries from labour-intensive into innovation-driven. It focuses on the fields of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment.  Further information about ITRI is available here:   


ITRI continues to seek strategic collaborative partners from around the world. They aim to play a bridging role to introduce Taiwan's industrial technology capabilities to the UK and explore the mechanisms to effectively help Taiwanese research institutes and industries to engage with UK counterparts. They are currently seeking to engage with UK universities to explore the scope for collaborative research. 

Senior representatives from government bodies and industry are attending from the following labs and sectors: 

  • Smart Systems – Vice President and Director General - Ming-Whei Feng, III
  • Metal Industries –Chief Technology Director - Ying-Cheng Lu, MIRDC
  • Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems – Deputy General Director - Yee-Pien Yang, ITRI
  • Biomedical Technology and Device Research – Vice President and General director – Chii-Wann Lin, ITRI
  • Information and Communications – Division Director – Tsun-Chien Chiang, ITRI
  • Electronic and Optoelectronic Systems – Division Director – Chien-Chung Lin, ITRI
  • Autonomous Vehicles – President – Joe Huang, ARTC
  • Machinery and Advanced Manufacturing – General Manager – Tim Lai, PMC


11.00  Registration/Coffee 

Badges and guest list checking staff required

11.30 Welcoming remarks by Prof. Robin Grimes, former FCO Chief Scientific Adviser

11.45 Plenary Session and Lunch

ITRI Presentation: Outlining objectives and priorities for collaboration with the UK

13.30 Break-out for private, scheduled conversations between ITRI sector leads and individual university representatives

14.30 Re-group in plenary area for wrap-up, next steps and closing remarks – [suggest ITRI Representative/ Delegation leader(s))

How does the cooperation work?

At present there is no set way for the cooperation to work, it will likely start on a project by project basis. Projects can be at any stage as long as they are looking to collaborate with research centres in Taiwan. Each collaboration opportunity is discussed on a case by case basis and each lab has a large amount of autonomy to freely choose collaboration models and projects. Collaborations could be with entire universities, departments, or even individual professors. 

How to apply

Interested higher education institutions should complete the form available at the following link:

Deadline to register is Friday 7 September 2018.


Diane Hsu, Head of Education, British Council Taipei

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