Belt & Road Initiative Keynote Lectures and Conference, October 4th and 5th, 2018

We are honoured to host leading scholars from China and Europe at a unique international conference The Belt & Road Initiative: Challenges and Opportunities on October 4th and 5th, 2018. Building on the success of last year’s conference, this year the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh is closely cooperating with our partner Fudan University in Shanghai.

We believe this conference will be of great interest to a broad audience as it will be a rare opportunity to hear a range of international insights into the Belt & Road Initiative. The conference has a panel format with topics covering governance, economics, data, culture and education.

We are fortunate to host two distinguished keynote speakers from China:

Keynote Lecture, October 4th 2018, 18.00-19.30 at King Khalid Building, Surgeons’ Hall, Hill Square, EH8 9ST

Wang Wen, Professor and Executive Dean, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China

The “Belt and Road” and the World after 5 years: A Review of Challenges and Successes in the Past and its Prospects for the Future.

His lecture will be a review of the challenges and successes over the past 5 years of the Belt and Road Initiative and prospects for the future.

Professor Wang holds a number of senior positions including Consultant Fellow at the Counselors’ Office of the State Council of China and Standing Director of World Socialism Research at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.  He has published widely on international issues including a book entitled Green Finance for the Belt and Road Initiative.

To receive your complimentary ticket for the Wang Wen keynote, please register by October 1st at:

Keynote Lecture, October 5th 2018, 18.00-19.00 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), 1/9 High School Yards, Infirmary Street, EH1 1LZ

Chen Liming, Honorary Professor of the University of Edinburgh and Chairman of IBM Greater China Group

In a Data-driven World, Good Governance Means Good Data Governance”

Mr Chen is a transformation and transboundary business leader with more than 30 years’ experience in multinationals across a range of industries and diversified cultures.  He has led corporate transformation, business turnaround, performance improvement, and governance enhancement.

To receive your complimentary ticket for the Chen Liming keynote, please register by October 1st at:

Both keynotes are followed by drinks receptions.

You are also warmly welcome to join us at our conference:

The Belt and Road Initiative, Challenges and Opportunities

October 5th 2018, 09.00-16.40 at ECCI, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), 1/9 High School Yards, Infirmary Street, EH1 1LZ

To receive your complimentary ticket for the conference, please register by October 1st at:

For the Programme, please see:

BRI Programme final

Watch the short video of our 2018 conference here.