The European Research Centre for Chinese Studies (ERCCS) in Beijing was established in 2017. It is based on a collaboration between the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), which has operated an office in Beijing since 1997, and Germany’s Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland (MWS). The Institute for the History of Natural Sciences (IHNS) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is our main local partner. The goal of the centre is to help build contacts and collaborations within Chinese, French and German humanities and social sciences, conduct basic research and organize conferences and lectures.