Marco Maggiora, from 2016 is Director of the joint laboratory of IHEP (Institute of High Energy Physics and Chinese Academy of Science) and of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, a research structure coordinating the Sino-Italian research activities in the sectors of high energy physics and nuclear physics, detector and accelerator technologies, astroparticle physics and cosmic ray measurements, High Performance Computing, GRID and cloud and space physics technologies. In the course of his collaboration with China, since 2009 he has led several research groups, contributing to the publication of 200 articles in international journals signed jointly by Chinese and Italian researchers.