The symposiums are arranged as round tables for invited researchers from leading Norwegian and Chinese institutions within the social sciences, humanities and law. NUPI is responsible and coordinates the Norwegian participation. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) is the responsible on the Chinese side. The activities alternate between China and Norway, and in addition to the actual research symposiums, we arrange open seminar and other activities that contribute to highlighting the importance of-, opportunities for-, as well as challenges related to academic cooperation between Norway and China.
The first symposium was arranged in connection to the Norwegian state visit to China in fall 2018 in Beijing, with «Welfare in Local and International Dimensions» as the overall theme. CASS National Institute of Social Development (NISD) was then the main host.
In 2019, «International Economic Governance» was chosen as the main theme for the symposium held in Oslo. NUPI was the host and CASS Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) coordinated the Chinese participation.
In 2020, plans for a new symposium in China, arranged by IWEP, was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, NUPI and IWEP have kept the initiative warm and met digitally to discuss further plans. In June 2021, NUPI and IWEP arranged a digital mini version of the symposium, with Europe-China relations as the leading theme.
The main symposium activity is research-focused round tables with a limited number of participants. From Norway, OsloMet, UiB, BI, Nord University, Institute for Social Research, NTNU, FNI, NIFU, fafo, UiO and NUPI have so far participated with presentations.
NUPI’s work with the project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.
Plans for new symposiums are being considered in light of how the Covid-19 pandemic and other developments impact the possibilities to travel and arrange physical events.