14th UK China Space Conference
06 Aug 2019



Bringing together space experts from academia and industry, the UK China Space Conference is the premier event for promoting capabilities, skills and technology partnerships in the UK and Chinese space sectors.


​​​​​​UK China Conference


Since it established in 2005, the UK-China Joint Laboratory, led by STFC RAL Space in the UK and Beihang University in China, has brought together over 2000 space scientists, technologists and industrialists from more than 90 organisations.

Following the successful 13th UK China Conference in Ningbo, China in December 2018, this Conference will continue collaboration and dialogue in non-sensitive scientific areas of mutual interest, as outlined in the MoU signed at the Ningbo in 2018. 

25th September 2019 - UK-China Space Policy and Trade Meeting, Newport

This year the 14th UK China Space Conference is running in parallel with the UK Space Conference offering delegates from the UK and China the opportunity to meet and share ideas.

​This workshop, taking place during the UK Space Conference in Newport, is a chance to hear from key stakeholders from both UK and China across central government, space agencies, research and private sector, about the policies, opportunities, challenges and existing partnerships that exist between our two space fairing nations.

Register now for this free event.​

27​th​ September 2019 – 14th UK China Space Conference, RAL Space, Harwell Campus​

Find out more about the about the UK China Laboratory 2020 Roadmap Themes.

​The programme will aim to develop:

  • A detailed roadmap for the near future collaborations
  • Fruitful achievement obtained under the current Newton Fund
  • The strategy of applying next term funding is designed through debate
  • Continue to discuss trade and policy
  • Establishing a joint committee to carry out discussions as needed

Contact us if you're interested I finding out more about the Conference and the UK China Joint Laboratory: ralspaceenquiries@stfc.ac.uk

​The joint laboratory aims to prioritise and facilitate the areas that are listed in the roadmap which has the expectation that we will have developed joint projects and/or joint activities in the areas highlighted. The Joint laboratory will do this by continuing to promote international collaborations, support mission concepts, help apply for and identify funding sources and to promote space science activities between the UK and China.

Each year the members of the Joint Laboratory will review the progress that has been made achieving the goals of the roadmap, and by highlighting where there are potential challenges, solutions and opportunities we shall endeavour to keep developing international partnerships.

In 2019 this roadmap will be reviewed and the objectives re-evaluated based on the outcomes of this roadmap and the priorities determined by national and international factors. The commencement of this re-evaluation should take place as part of the one day conference and a smaller meeting with key stakeholders in attendance.

​The first part of the conference will take place at the UK Space Conference, 23rd-26th September 2019 Newport where Chinese delegates will network with the wider UK space sector. Find out more about the UK Space Conference​.

The programme will conclude at the UK's space gateway, Harwell Campus where dedicated UK China discussions will continue.

14th UK China Space Conference Programme, RAL Space, Harwell Campus 

Friday 27th September

Arrival and Registration 
0930Chairman's welcome to the 14th UK China ConferenceMr. Robert Elliott
0945UK-China Laboratory Opening talkBeihang University
1010Newton Programme and Competition BriefingDr Hugh Mortimer
1030Key Note: Air Quality in Agriculture Challenge, its impact at national and international development 

ESA and UK plans for human spaceflight and robotic exploration – opportunities for UK-China collaboration

Skills development, training and education – NSA China programmes at China Space Day and in the summer of 2019

Prof. Anu Ojha OBE


Break: Coffee,  and Networking

1135Presentations of Challenge areas within scope of the Newton Programme  
1300Lunch & Collection of project ideas and potential collaborations 
1350Challenge Leads report of findings 
1415Group Photo & Presentations 
1445UK China collaboration and opportunities in future Lunar Exploration 
1545Closing remarks from the UK Space Agency 
1630Event Close and Transport 


​​Full week programme: 

​DatesLogisticsHighlighted Events
Sunday 22nd September  
Monday 23rd SeptemberDelegates Arrive China - London Heathrow. STFC Coach transfer to Newport, Wales (Hampton Hilton Hotel)Potential local visit to early arrivers
Tuesday 24th SeptemberUK Space Conference Day 1 Invited talk by China delegate: UK China Laboratory

Invited talk on stage or STFC stand

Evening drink reception

Private Dinner

Wednesday 25th SeptemberUK Space Conference Day 2. Hosted tour to exhibitors and attendance of talks

Hosted tour of conference

UK-China Space Policy and Trade Meeting

UK-China 2030 Roadmap discussion

Conference Dinner & Awards


Thursday 26th SeptemberUK Space Conference Day 3.  Coach Transfer from Conference Centre to Harwell. Milton Hill hotel

Conference Activities in Morning

Transport to Harwell in afternoon

Friday 27th September

Main Event

14th UK-China Space Conference, Harwell Oxfordshire

Transport Harwell - London Heathrow

Workshop & Invited Talks

Contact: Dimmock, Ellie (STFC,RAL,RALSP)