Queen's at the 2017 UK-China Regional Leaders Summit

Academics from Queen’s will be showcasing their world-leading research in areas such as food security, health and innovation at the
2017 UK-China Regional Leaders Summit.

Over 100 delegates including 50 Chinese provincial and municipal leaders are attending the Summit which takes place in
Belfast from 1-3 December.

The Northern Ireland Bureau China’s bid to host the Summit was supported by both governments and recognised the Bureau’s work in developing
constructive relations with the provinces of Liaoning and Hubei and their cities over the last three years.

Themes of the summit

The theme of the Summit is Co-operation between Industrial Regions. The key sectors for discussion are:

Agri-food security


Health services technology


Innovation / knowledge economy

Creative screen industries

Queen's Speakers 

Prof Chris Elliott

Professor Chris Elliott


Professor Chris Elliott is a leading expert on international food supply chains and the implications for food quality, authenticity and safety. Founder of the Institute for Global Food Security, Chris is leading one of the world’s largest food-safety projects across Europe and China, the EU-China-Safe project.

Funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, EU-China-Safe brings together 33 key players from the food industry, research organisations and governments across two of the world’s largest trading blocs to tackle food fraud and improve food integrity.


Professor Sir John McCanny

(Innovation / Knowledge Economy)

Professor Sir John McCanny is an international authority on special purpose silicon architectures for Digital Signal and Video Processing and Cryptography.

He is Director of the Institute for Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) and Principal Investigator for the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) – a major hub for research and innovation in electronic engineering and cyber security.

Within Queen’s, he was responsible for developing the vision that led to the creation of the ECIT Institute, and the Northern Ireland Science Park, which has created thousands of high-tech jobs in the last 12 years.


Professor Mark Lawler

(Health Services Technology)

Professor Mark Lawler is Chair in Translational Cancer Medicine and Dean of Education in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

Cancer services in Northern Ireland have developed significantly over the past 20 years, with the change being driven by the integration of academic discovery, industrial/commercial enterprise and innovative healthcare practice to promote effective delivery of a precision cancer medicine agenda. Northern Ireland has shown global leadership in cancer research and its translation into clinical actionability to improve patient outcomes, and has driven academia-industry collaborations that have enriched the expanding Northern Ireland biotech sector.

Michael Alcorn

Professor Michael Alcorn

(Creative Screen Industries)

Michael Alcorn is Professor of Composition and Dean of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. Michael was responsible for the setting up of the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s, the first of its kind in the UK, and he is currently leading on a Northern Ireland-wide industry consultation exercise as part of a bid to set up a multi-million pound R&D Partnership for the creative industries in Northern Ireland.


Professor Nathan Congdon

(Health Services Technology)

Professor Nathan Congdon is Ulverscroft Chair of Global Eye Health at Queen’s and has developed novel approaches to children’s myopia, known to be of particular significance in China. Following extensive research into eye health in China and its effect on schoolchildren’s performance, Professor Nathan Congdon from Queen’s Centre for Public Health has recommended the implementation of a national programme which will fund spectacles for millions of children in all 31 administrative areas of China.