LMU ‒ China Academic Network (LMU-ChAN)

The LMU ‒ China Academic Network was established in 2015 and now includes 10 of China’s most renowned universities, all of which are located in and around Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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Since 2005, LMU Munich has established a wide range of contacts and collaborations with outstanding partners and leading research universities in China in the fields of Life Sciences and Health, Environmental and Geosciences, as well as the Humanities and Social Sciences.

LMU began to develop the LMU ‒ China Academic Network project (LMU-ChAN) in 2015. Unlike strategic partnerships, each of which involves a single partnering university, the network model allows one to focus on different scientific areas and diverse collaboration models, and generates additional synergy effects. The network now includes the following leading universities in China:

  • Fudan University
  • Nanjing University
  • Peking University
  • Renmin University
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • Sun Yat-sen University
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • Tongji University
  • Tsinghua University
  • Zhejiang University

Funding opportunities

Call for Applications 2024

LMU researchers who are planning to collaborate with one or more of the ChAN universities may apply to the ChAN partnership fund, which provides grants for the following purposes:

  • Research mobility for early-career researchers (doctoral candidates and postdocs)
  • Seed funding for joint projects and conferences
  • Workshop at the LMU-ChAN Scientific Forum 2024 at Fudan University

Application deadline for funding in 2024: Monday, 26 February 2024

Funding period: April - December 2024
Please note that an ongoing application for funding throughout the year is no longer possible.

Further information can be found in the LMU-ChAN Call for Applications 2024 guidlines (PDF, 259 KB).

You can apply for the above-mentioned funding activities via the online application form.

LMU-CSC Program
Furthermore, scholarships for doctoral candidates from China can be applied for via the LMU-CSC Program. This program enables highly qualified Chinese postgraduates to obtain their doctoral degrees or conduct research for a doctoral dissertation at LMU.

Scientific Forum

The annual Scientific Forum is an important element of the network’s structure. The Forum not only serves to generate ideas for collaborative ventures in research and teaching, it also helps to nurture and extend existing contacts and interactions. The symposium comprises lectures, panel discussions and workshops with between 70 and 100 participants. It brings together both established and early-career researchers, as well as students from LMU and China. The Forum is hosted by LMU and one or other of the partnering universities in alternate years.

  • The seventh Scientific Forum will take place at Fudan University in Shanghai from 25 to 27 September 2024.

LMU-ChAN Advisory Board

  • Prof. Dr. Hans van Ess, Vice-President for Research
  • Prof. Dr. Francesca Biagini, Vice President for International Affairs and Diversity

  • Prof. Dr. Claude Becker (Genetics)
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Biel (Pharmacology)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Bode (English Studies and Comparative Literature)
  • Prof. Dr. Thorben Cordes (Microbiology)
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Gerbes (Medicine)
  • Prof. Dr. Stuart Gilder (Geophysics)
  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Glass (Medicine)
  • Dr. Bernhard Goodwin (Communication Studies)
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Högl (Leadership and Organization)
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Hoppe (History of Arts)
  • Prof. Dr. Axel Hutter (Philosophy)
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Illing (Macroeconomics)
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Henning Kunz (Plant Sciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Lauster (Protestant Theology)
  • Prof. Dr. Christof Mauch (Environment and Society)
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Meißner (Veterinary Sciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Plesnila (Neurosciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Renner (History)
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Richter (Risk and Insurance)
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Roche (German as a Foreign Language)
  • Prof. Dr. Eva Ruhnau
  • Prof. Dr. Paul W. Thurner (Political Science)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Turck (Neurosciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Friedrich Vollhardt (German Philology)
  • Prof. Dr. Ernst Wagner (Pharmaceutical Biology and Biotechnology)
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Walter (Law)

  • Hannah Weckemann (LMU-ChAN Project Coordinator)


Hannah Weckemann

International Office

LMU-China Academic Network (ChAN), LMUexchange: Mainland China, Hongkong, Taiwan

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