BioGovernance Commons Concluding Forums

After 12 months and as the world is resuming normality, I’d like to think that ‘Season 1’ of our BioGovernance Commons initiative is coming to an end (more information about this initiative see our recent article in Issues in Science and Technology). That is, rather than online monthly meetings, we can continue the dialogue with … Continue reading

Can We Trust Science from China? Recording Available Online

‘Can We Trust Science from China?’ – This may be a question that is haunting many, including those who ‘want’ to have confidence in China’s science. Here is my take on this question back in May in Berlin. I was delighted to be able to provide some new perspective on this controversial topic. I thoroughly … Continue reading

Science Diplomacy Review Special Issue

I am to organise a panel discussion at the EASST annual conference in Madrid this July, with the aim to expand our understanding of the ‘Track II’ diplomacy by incorporating new initiatives from the Global South. But then I thought, actually one of the best ways to ‘de-colonise’ our epistemology is to directly participate in … Continue reading

Public Lecture- Max Planck Institute

I’m thrilled to be invited by Dr Anna Ahlers and the Lise Meitner Research Group to speak at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science’s Trusting Science colloquium on 31 May. I was tasked to address the provocative question -‘Can We Trust Science from China?’ To be honest, when I first received the … Continue reading

The Ethics of Protecting ‘CRISPR Babies’

You may recall that I’ve established a new research centre at Kent earlier this year. Although the official launch is/was scheduled for September 2022, I’m so pleased to say that journey of making a difference in the world was kicked off by a fantastic international roundtable this March. On 18 March, I convened an international … Continue reading

Decolonizing Risk Sociology

What a better way to kick off the reading week (half term break in UK universities) in a teaching-heavy term than being part of a discussion on decolonisation with leading risk theorists across different time zones? I enjoyed every bit of it which makes me miss in-person meetings. If this were in-person, some the discussions … Continue reading

BioGovernance Commons Launched!

China is the world’s second largest investor in science and a leading research powerhouse. Over the past two decades, the vast government investment in science has propelled China from the ninth-largest biomedical sector in 2006  to the fourth place in 2015, and in 2021 China reached  the second place (after the U.S.)  in biological science. … Continue reading

Recent public lectures

Before you know it, the summer is already half way over! Although it’s another year where international travels are largely restricted, thanks to Zoom, VooV, Cisco and Teams (I’m sure I’m forgetting some other apps!), boisterous conversations are always a click away – minus the local beers and dubious quality conference coffees. I gave a … Continue reading

SGroup discussion

It was a real pleasure to lead the discussion on how to bridge European-Chinese Higher Education cooperation at the SGroup Think Tank Academy Conference last week. The SGroup – Universities in Europe (SGroup) network is a non-profit organization founded in 1989, composed of over 42 higher education institutions from 20 European countries and 4 countries outside Europe. In … Continue reading

Sociology SAGE Prize Announced

It was a great pleasure to be on the judging panel with Dr Ala Sirriyeh at Lancaster and Prof Ian Tucker at University of East London for this year’s SAGE Innovation/Excellence Prize for the journal, Sociology. It was not easy to decide on a winner as all shortlisted papers were exceptional in their own ways – … Continue reading