The China-Europe forum on society

Time: 2:30-7:00pm on Monday; 9am-1:30pm on Tuesday, 27-28 Oct, 2008
Venue: LSE Bankside House
Speakers: Professor Edgar Morin; Mr. Pierre Calame, etc.
Chair: Professor Stephan Feuchtwang


  • To extend and reinforce the network of participants and partners
  • To spark exchanges of information and views and to offer new prospects of cooperation with Chinese partners
  • To create the conditions for the participants to work on the Forum's next steps


Professor Edgar Morin is a philosopher, sociologist and anthropologist, one of France's leading contemporary thinkers. Known for the transdisciplinarity of his works, he has a wide range of interests and dismisses the conventional boundaries between academic disciplines. He is also Emeritus Director, French National for Scientific Research Center (CNRS); Former President of the European Agency for Culture of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). See Professor Morin's view on Dialogue assumes equality.

Mr. Pierre Calame is General Director of the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for Human Progress, a Swiss-based international foundation, mainly devoted to the mobilisation of knowledge and experience to help face the major challenges of the coming decade. He is one of the founders of the China-Europa Forum, and author of La démocratie en miettes: pour une révolution de la gouvernance and many books and publications. See a complete review of publications on


This meeting will bring together people, institutions, organisations, willing to take an active role in the continuation of the dialogue between the European and the Chinese societies.

The participants belongs to these five categories :

  • The guests and representatives of the European Commission, China-Europa Forum, and Chinese Embassy in the UK
  • The European participants of the 2nd Biennial Forum who continue to be interested
  • Invite participants from universities within the region (UK, Benelux and Scandinavia)
  • Invite participants include Chinese scholars or students in the region
  • Invite local institutional, media, etc. which work related to China.


The method used is the conceptual mapping, allowing the display and use of real-time information

Prior to the conference: Each participant indicates his/her propositions of contacts, within European or Chinese networks, partners and the workshops/themes to which he/she would like to contribute.

First day: Based on the data collected, the organizers draw maps of existing and wished cooperations and display them in the meeting room. The participants work in groups, share with the others their own degree of involvement, exchange information, look for potential partners, make new suggestions.

Second day: An overnight compilation of the proposals by the organizers will make it possible to present the 'status' of the workshops in terms of partnerships identified to highlight points of convergence, to display gaps and to draw practical steps for the 'after-meeting' actions.


Monday, October 27th, 2008

13:00 - 14:00 Participants arrival & welcome coffee at Balcony Room
14:00 - 15:30 Opening session

  • Welcome speech: Professor Stephan Feuchtwang , Director of China in Comparative Perspective Programme, LSE, co-organizer of the meeting
  • Introduction speech: Mr Pierre Calame, General Director of the Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation, initiator of the China-Europa Forum; and

Professor Ngai Pun, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Guest speaker: Professor Edgar Morin, French philosopher Edgar Morin, on « dialogue »

16:15 - 17:00 Press conference

15:30 - 18:30 Work in small groups:
Participants' introduction followed by a group 'brainstorming' on existing, potential or yet-to-be-found partnerships to prepare workshops for the third biennial meeting in 2009

A coffee break will be served from 17h00

19:30 Dinner at the Novotel restaurant

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

9:00 - 9:30 Welcome coffee in the Balcony Room

9:30 - 11:30 Reconnection and collective overview and comments on the proposals
collected in small groups the day before. Interactive session.

A coffee break will be served from 11:30 to 12:00

12:00 - 13:30 - The China-Europa Forum's next steps: interactive session on
how to go further and how to put ideas in action

Closing speech on today's reality: in Europe, in China and in the relations between our societies.

13:30 Buffet lunch in the LSE restaurant


The China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) has been involved to hold The China-Europe Dialogue on Society -- the Northern Europe Regional Meeting (UK, Benelux and Scandinavia) for the China-Europa Forum 2009, which continues the work of the Second Biennial Forum and is part of the dynamics of preparing for the Third, to be held in China in July 2009.

The biennial China-Europa Forums, held in China in 2005 and in Europe in 2007, gave a practical demonstration of how a dialogue between Chinese and European societies can take place, perhaps offering a prototype for similar dialogues in other parts of the world in the future. In the innovative format, experiences were exchanged between participants of the same professional category or between experts on the same themes from a wide variety of occupations and backgrounds, including public administration, NGO, and university.

The aim of the regional meeting is to spark exchanges of information and views and to offer new prospects of cooperation between institutions or networks and Chinese partners.

The China-Europe Dialogue on Society (27-28 October 2008, London) is funded by the Directorate-General for the External Relations (DG RELEX) and supported by the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for Human Progress and the China-Europa Forum.

  • Click here to see the full details of the format of the third biennial of the China-Europa Forum

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