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Application for the Host of Roundtables / Sessions of Shanghai Forum 2019 Officially Opens Up

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Shanghai Forum 2019 will be held on May 25, 2019. The application for roundtables and sessions officially opens up to universities, think tanks, governments and enterprises all over the world.

I: About Shanghai Forum

i. Introduction

Shanghai Forum is one of the most influential international forums held in Shanghai, and is exclusively named after Shanghai at present. Founded in 2005, hosted by Fudan University, the Forum has been successfully held 13 times. With the mission of "concentrating on Asia, focusing on hot issues, congregating elites, promoting interaction, enhancing cooperation and seeking consensus", the Forum focuses on "Global Governance and Asia".

Every May, the Forum holds an annual meeting in Shanghai, with nearly 1,000 participants from all over the world. The forum invites the best brains such as political dignitaries, distinguished scholars and elites from different circles to deliver keynote speeches on the important issues in Asia and China. Roundtables and sessions are two parts of the Forum. Roundtables tend to be issue-oriented and applicable, while sessions are relatively academic.

ii. Theme for 2019

Asia Amidst Global Reshuffling: Challenges, Developments, and New Paradigms

iii. Date: May 25th -27th 2019



Opening Ceremony










Closing Ceremony

II: The Application Requirements

i. Applicants qualification

Applicants should be persons in charge of research institutes, think tanks, enterprises, media or government institutes with significant academic or social resources and influence in relevant fields.

ii. Application Guide

1. Duration: The duration of every roundtable/session is 3.5 hours (i.e. half a day).

2. Topic: The topic of each roundtable/session should be realistic, valuable, strategic and be able to draw extensive attention of the public and media. It should focus on the general theme (Asia Amidst Global Reshuffling: Challenges, Developments, and New Paradigms) while discussing from one of the following specific perspectives:

1New Tech: Innovation and Social Development

2New Order: Global Uncertainty and the World Restructuring

3New Dimension: Cyberspace and Data Governance

4New Dynamic: Shanghai towards an Excellent Global City

5New Era: China in A New Round of Reform and Opening-up

3. Chair: Each roundtable/session will have a chair or two co-chairs. The applicant could serve as the chair, or alternatively invite others to be the chair. According to the requirements of Shanghai Forum Organization Committee, the chairs are responsible for the following tasks:

1) Nominate speakers. After the approval of the organizing committee, the chair will cooperate with the organizing committee to pre-invite the speakers, and then the organizing committee will issue an official invitation letter.

2) Determine the format of the meeting and design agenda

3) Collect papers/abstracts

4) Prepare and participate in Shanghai Forum 2019 Preparation Meeting

5) Submit a policy research report

4. Contact Person: Contact person should be designated by the applicant. The contact person is expected to assist the chair and to cooperate with Shanghai Forum Organizing Committee.


1) Assisting the chair with the preparatory work

2) Meeting arrangement and preparation

3) Coordinating among the chair, the organizing committee and speakers.

4) Assisting in the preparation of conference materials as required by the Organizing Committee


1) Study or work in China, residence in Shanghai preferred

2) Ability to communicate in both Chinese and English

3) Strong sense of responsibility and strong coordination ability

5. Speakers: The applicant shall draw up a list of speakers in accordance with the requirements of the "Application Form of Shanghai Forum 2019 " (Annex 1), and cooperate with the organizing committee to promote the invitation work after being approved.

Composition: Speakers are expected to be influential in the relative fields and have the characteristics of diversity and internationalization:

1) Diversity: the institutions to which the guest speakers belong, including universities, research institutions, think tanks, enterprises, government departments, international organizations or the media, etc. should vary.

2) Internationalization: the nationalities of speakers or speakers’ affiliations are expected to be diversified. The number of speakers outside China accounts for at least 50% of the total.

Number of Speakers: Each roundtable/session can invite no more than 10 speakers (including the Chair). Of which:

1) No more than 5 from outside China

2) No more than 5 from China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan), including 1-2 from Shanghai

iii. Expense: Shanghai Forum has financial rules and will cover the costs for roundtables/sessions including:

1. Simultaneous interpretation in Chinese and English

2. Venue rental

3. Conference material

4. Accommodation (designated hotel) and meals for speakers during the forum

5. Transportation fee for speakers: The transportation fee includes a round-trip flight ticket (economy class) or high-speed railway ticket between the speaker's location and the conference venue (Shanghai), but does not include visa fees, taxi fares to and from the airport/train station, etc.

• Flight ticket: The forum only covers the round-trip economy class tickets. Guests can purchase tickets through ticket agent provided by the forum, or purchase tickets themselves. The forum will reimburse them according to the price on the electronic itinerary.

Notes about reimbursement:

1) The reimbursement limit for air tickets in China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) is $500 (round trip)

2) The reimbursement limit for air tickets in Asia is $1000 (round trip)

3) The ticket reimbursement limit for other regions is $2,000 (round trip)

• High-speed railway ticket: Speakers need to book their tickets by themselves. The forum will reimburse them according to the relevant national financial regulations.

iv. Priority will be given to those who could (Please indicate in the application email):

1. Publish research reports or policy advisory reports at Shanghai Forum

2. Assist Shanghai Forum in inviting appropriate keynote speakers for the opening and closing ceremonies, such as national politicians, academic authorities (such as Nobel Prize winners in economics), renowned business leaders, etc.

3. Cover the costs associated with the roundtable/session; or introduce high-quality cooperation institutions and projects, or to provide financial support for Shanghai Forum, etc.

4. Interdisciplinary cooperate with internationally renowned institutions to host roundtables/sessions

III: How to apply

If you are interested in organizing roundtables/sessions of Shanghai Forum, please click here to download and fill out the "Application Form for Shanghai Forum 2019 " and send it back to the email address: shanghaiforum@fudan.edu.cn before November 30, 2018. The result will be announced after a responsible process of selection.

Contact person : (Ms.) LUO Qian, (Ms.) DENG Mengjia

Shanghai Forum Organizer: Fudan Development Institute

Address: Think Tank Building, Fudan University, 220 Handan Road, Shanghai, China

Tel: 86-021-65642354

Fax: 86-021-55664590



Thank you for your attention and participation! Please contact the organizing committee if there is any problem.

Shanghai Forum Organizing Committee

 November 4, 2018

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