On June 23, Città della Scienza hosted a Chinese delegation from the Beijing Association for Science & Technology (BAST), an institution under the aegis of the Municipality of Beijing, with a strategic role in the promotion and development of international partnerships in science and technology. The BAST is a longstanding partner of Città della Scienza for the organization of the Sino-Italian Exchange Event (SIEE), the program of scientific and technological cooperation between Italy and China, which Fondazione IDIS promotes and manages since 2006 and that – along with China Italay Innovation Forum (CIIF) –  is today the frame in which Italy and China cooperate on issues of research and innovation, under the aegis of the respective Governments.

Aim of the meeting was to define its organizational aspects and content of the 2014 edition of the cooperation program, which will see the first stage in Naples, Città della Scienza – with the SIEE – on 13 and 14 October, and the second one in Rome on October 15 with the CIIF- which will be opened by the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, and the Prime Minister of China, Li Keqiang.