The Nordic Centre has eight office spaces for visiting scholars, i.e. academics from our member universities who come to Shanghai to conduct research, collaborate with partners in their field, or other purposes. Durations typically vary from a few days to many months.
We offer the visiting scholars help with such things as getting in contact with relevant Chinese researchers, practicalities of locating to China temporarily, library and IT facilities, business cards, and more. Please read our HANDBOOK FOR VISITING SCHOLARS to learn more about this opportunity.
Please write to programme manager Magnus Jorem at email@example.com to book a space or hear more -- but please do read the handbook first as it probably answers many of your questions.
Funding for visits
Nordic Centre can financially support your research visit abroad through our "research platform", whether you are a researcher at a Nordic member university who wants to do work in China, or a Fudan University researcher travelling to the Nordic countries to do work at a member university there. All levels (PhD fellows, Post Docs, etc) are eligible to apply.
We invite our member universities to contact us to discuss the possibilities of utilizing the NC´s facilities, research networks, and logistic support for various kinds of academic events.
If a member university plans on organizing a research seminar, a workshop, or conference at the Nordic Centre, there is also the possibility of applying for funding from the Nordic Centre Council.
Organizers of academic events can apply the Council for funding of any amount between 2,000 and 7,000 euros.
Priority will be given to applications that include the participation of at least two Nordic member universities, preferably from different Nordic countries, and one or more Chinese partners. Events where Fudan University is among the Chinese partners will be prioritized; however, other Chinese universities are naturally more than welcome to be involved as partners, and this priority should not be understood as a mandatory condition.
The deadlines for applying for activity funding are 15th of March and 15th of September. The applicant will be notified immediately after the first coming Council meeting, which generally take place in April and October.
*The spring 2017 deadline has been pushed to 1st of April.
We charge a room rental fee depending on the duration of the event, number of participants, and whether you require snacks, coffee, or other foods and refreshments. Please specify your requests in the email, and feel free to ask any questions about the rooms or the types of services we can provide. Keep in mind that we are closed on weekends, in the week of the Chinese Spring Festival, and in the month of August (plus a few other holidays).
Depending on the availability of staff, and with an extra fee, we can sometimes open outside our regular hours, e.g. on weekends. As a general rule, however, please do not expect this.
For some occasions, e.g. if there are very few participants and the occasion is a simple meeting, we can waive the fee entirely.
Besides our library and informal "multi-function room" on the second floor, which are both open 9 AM - 5 PM on weekdays to everyone, we have the following facilities in the Nordic Centre building:
Seminar room 101, seating 80 (comfortably). With projector. Suitable for presentations, movie screenings, panels; however the chairs cannot be moved.
Classroom 109, seating about 40 people. With projector. Suitable for teaching or group work.
Meeting room 201, seating about 15 people in horse-shoe formation. With projector. Suitable for smaller meetings.
Seminar room 302, seating about 40 people around a horse-shoe formation (tables and chairs can be moved around however), with additional seats against the walls. With projector. Suitable for seminars, workshops, meetings, and teaching.
The Sino-Nordic Welfare Research Network (SNoW) was established in 2010, and has been funded by NordForsk and the Nordic Council of Ministers during 2011-2015. The University of Bergen provides basic funding in 2016. The project is directed by Professor Stein Kuhnle, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, and its hub in China is Nordic Centre, where many of its activities take place.
Every other year, Nordic Centre hosts a conference, the theme of which is decided at the previous year's autumn council meeting. Organizers at one but preferably several member universities work in close collaboration with the Nordic Centre to organize the conference, putting the programme together, spreading information and calling for papers, and identifying and attracting participants.
The principal organizing university of the autumn 2017 conference is the University of Tampere.
The conference website for October 2017 under construction -- check back here soon.
The Nordic Centre has given the title Nordic Centre Research Fellow to about 30 professors at Fudan University. In addition to being experts in their own fields of study they all have a special link to one of the Nordic Countries or universities, or they have shown prolonged dedication and active engagement to the Nordic Centre activities. The Nordic Centre Research Fellows regularly attend activities at the Nordic Centre and also act as adviser or think tank.