July 2019- Shandong University Summer School

It was a real pleasure to teach at Shandong University’s 2019 summer school on ‘China in global governance’ along with Yves Tiberghien, Tim Niblock and of course Michael Barr. My lectures were, not surprisingly, focused on global science governance. It was a novel area to most of the students. But I was really impressed by their … Continue reading

July 2019-Risk Society Legacies Plenary, STEPS Uncertainty Symposium

It was a wonderful experience to be part of ESRC STEPSCentre symposium in July, The Politics of Uncertainty: Practical Challenges for Transformative Action. This was definitely one of most interdisciplinary conference I’ve attended on the topic of risk. A series of blog posts reflecting on the event includes contributions from Richard Bronk, Emery Roe, Mark … Continue reading

FRIED Seminar

This Valentine’s Day let’s talk about ‘good food’ (and good social movement)! Next Thursday I’ll be in Edinburgh and giving a FRIED (Food Researchers in Edinburgh) seminar titled ‘Cosmopolitan risk community in a bowl: The search for ‘good food’ in China’. The ‘Good Food Movement’ is what I’ve followed for the past few years. This … Continue reading

Call for Papers

I’m organising this open panel on Decolonizing Science. I look forward to you joining our discussion! Submission portal: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ssss/4s19/ Deadline: Feb 1, 2019 Open Panel 33. Decolonizing Science: Where Have We Gotten To? Joy Zhang, University of Kent;  Michael Barr, Newcastle University The global trajectory of scientific innovations seems to be both interrupted and regenerated … Continue reading

British Council Grant

I’m delighted that our bid for the British Council’s Newton Fund has been successful. Collaborating with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, we are to host a 3-day interdisciplinary workshop brings together and empowers a new generation of bioscientists and social scientists from both China and the UK to critically and creatively examine what effective public … Continue reading

Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing

It was a great pleasure to share my ESRC project’s finding over two invited presentations at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing. My first Summit presentation focused on the causes and possible solutions to the ‘public engagement-deficit’ I identified in China’s rise as a global scientific power. I urged for a professional cultural and … Continue reading

Berlin, Berlin!

I’m so thrilled to have visited Berlin TWICE this autumn. The first trip was in late September. Thanks to Prof. Yasemin Soysal’s invitation, I attended the ‘Cultural Mobilities and their Transnational Entanglements in East Asia’ workshop and shared my findings on how transnational influences shaped grassroots and government’s understanding on ‘Modernity’ in different ways. Given the fact … Continue reading

Fellowship, Ministry Lecture, iGEM

Phew What an October! Three updates: Visiting Fellowship at Beijing University of Technology My October started in Beijing, where I was awarded a competitive ‘Foreign Expert Visiting Fellowship’  by Beijing University of Technology. This fellowship provided financial and administrative support for me to establish exchange with staff and students on the topic of ‘What’s the … Continue reading

UK-China Dialogue on Governing Trust in the Biosciences

On 22 and 23 February, my ESRC project held its concluding conference at the British Academy. 30 delegates who are leading figures in their respective fields in China and the UK joined the discussion. The event featured two keynote presentations and six sessions. Baroness Onora O’Neill’s thought-provoking opening keynote reflected on ways of conceptualising trust, … Continue reading

Invited RS talk on public engagement

I was invited by the Royal Society’s Science Policy section to give a presentation at the UK-China policy dialogue on genetic technologies on 27 March 2018. In her talk, ‘Opening Up the ‘Black Box’ of the Life Sciences’, I argued that while scientific research and its impacts are becoming increasingly transnational, public engagement is still … Continue reading