ReConnect China is a project, funded in the framework of the European Commission’s Horizon Europe call HORIZON-CL2-2021-TRANSFORMATIONS-01-07. The question this project wants to answer is in which domains EU collaboration with China is desirable, possible, or impossible. To answer this question, four central domains of research have been discerned: science and technology, economy and trade, domestic governance, and foreign policy. The knowledge generated in this project will bring together stakeholders and experts in a Europe-China Knowledge Forum. Apart from stakeholders in the realm of policy making and the business community, the project also aims at raising awareness on China among the general public and European youth in particular. This research project will work towards a resilient future with China for the EU and its citizens.

Work packages

In order to work towards a resilient future with China for the EU and its citizens, the ‘ReConnect China’ project has discerned four domains of research. These research domains are grouped in four work packages (WP): WP 1 deals with Science & Technology, WP 2 deals with Trade & Economy, WP 3 deals with China’s domestic governance, and WP 4 deals with China’s foreign policy. The knowledge that is generated in these four workpackages is catered to policy makers, the business community, and researchers in WP 5: Network and Synergies, and is disseminated to the larger public, with a focus on youth in WP 6: Measures to maximize impact.

Moreover, this list of six thematic WPs is complemented by a WP on project coordination (WP7) and one on ethical research requirements (WP8), both under the coordination of the University of Ghent.

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Geographical coverage

ReConnect China brings together 15 partners and 66 researchers with different skills and complementary expertise representing 12 Member States from different regions in Europe (North, South, East and West).


The consortium consists of 6 universities, 1 research institute, 6 leading think tanks, 1 economic partner, and 1 public institute:

  • Clingendael Institute, Netherlands
  • Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations, Belgium
  • Elcano Royal Institute, Spain
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • Innovasjon Norge, Norway
  • Institut Français des Relations Internationales, France
  • Istituto Affari Internazionali, Italy
  • Macao Scientific and Cultural Centre, Portugal
  • Palacky University, Czech Republic
  • Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden
  • University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • University of Tartu, Estonia
  • University of Turku, Finland
  • University of Vienna, Austria
  • Zentrum für Soziale Innovation, Austria


The scientific and administrative coordination of the consortium rests with Ghent University, Belgium.


Scientific Advisory Board

The scientific advisory board of the ‘ReConnect China’ consortium consists of:

  • Anna Lisa Ahlers, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
  • Laura De Giorgi, University Ca’Foscari, Venice
  • Bernard Dewit, Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce
  • Tamás Attila Matura, Corvinus University, Budapest
  • Margot Schüller, German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg
  • Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, Centre Franco-Autrichien pour le Rapprochement en Europe, Vienna