SDC provides a platform for jointly undertaken research activities and exchange of scientific staff between China and Denmark.

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Since the two Memoranda of Understandings were signed in October 2008, both the Danish and the Chinese partners have worked on identifying research themes of interest to both parties. After consulting the domestic research environments, it has been agreed upon that the initial research activities of SDC fall within five major research themes, some of which are further divided into subthemes.

The five themes are:


The selection of themes is based on the presence of complementary strengths and significant growth potential. Chinese and Danish researchers collaborate within each research theme on joint research projects including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data as well as the publication and commercialization of research results.

Each research theme is jointly chaired by a Chinese and a Danish Principal Coordinator who take the lead in developing and improving the research agenda. This takes place with several Principal Investigators who implement and coordinate individual research projects within each overall theme.


Principal Coordinators


Water and Environment

Peter Engelund Holm
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
University of Copenhagen 

  Hu Zhengyi
Professor and Vice Dean
College of Resources and Environment
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Sustainable Energy

Birte Holst Joergensen
Senior Scientist
DTU Management Engineering
Technical University of Denmark
  Zhang Hongxun
Executive Dean
College of Resources and Environment
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences



Flemming Besenbacher
Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center
Aarhus University

  Wang Chen
National Center of Nanoscience and Technology
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences


Life Sciences

Peter Roepstorff
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Southern Denmark
  Ding Wenjun
Professor and Executive Dean
College of Life Sciences
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences


Social Sciences

Stine Haakonsson
Associate Professor
Department of Business and Politics
Copenhagen Business School 

  Zhao Hong
Professor and Vice Dean
Management School of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences