Globalisation, Cosmopolitanization, and a New Research Agenda

I’m very pleased to receive this collected volume edited by Ino Rossi. I can only imagine the amount of editing work that was put into this volume. For myself, I actually drafted two very different pieces for this book. The original piece was more empirical and regional focused, but later Into and I both decided … Continue reading

New piece in Nature

I think everyone is getting tired of the politicisation of COVID and the blame games – both Chinese and Western politicians bear responsibilities. Yet the victims of China-bashing are not limited to China and its citizens. It has serious implications for global science. Here is my short piece on how Western media may unwittingly help … Continue reading

Oct 2019 – NSF success!

I’m delighted to say that the project, Ethical Issues Surrounding Human Germline Genome Editing, that I’ve been developing with Kathleen Vogel (PI, University of Maryland) and Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley (George Mason University) has been funded by the National Science Foundation in the US. In the next 36 months, we will collaboratively (1) examine how U.S. and Chinese scientists … Continue reading

Policy Impact in China

I’m really delighted to share the news that on 3 January 2019, Ministry of Science and Technology in China has officially accepted a set of policy recommendations on increasing transparency and public accountability of Chinese science and have circulated these recommendations in their Neican. ‘Neican’ refers to valued policy submissions which are put forward to ministers and other … 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

Research impact

The Chinese Educational Module Resource (EMR)on public engagement of science created and promoted by my ESRC project was endorsed by Dr Zhiqin Du, Deputy Secretary General, Chinese Medical Association. In her analysis of how to improve ethical governance in China at the British Academy, Dr Du singled out EMR as ‘an excellent experiment’ and expressed … Continue reading

‘Transparency Is a Growth Industry’

The 25 May issue of Nature features Dr Joy Zhang’s commentary on the state of Chinese governance of scientific research, ‘Transparency Is a Growth Industry’. China is currently the world’s second largest investor on scientific research and is increasingly seen as an advantageous destination for scientific powers, such as the UK to forge sustained research … Continue reading

Writing – Good Habits

Our PGR Director at SSPSSR is compiling a student information sheet on good academic writing. I and a few other colleagues were asked to each contribute a short paragraph on our writing habits. I have to admit that at first this sounds like an invitation to expose our eccentricity! Anyways, this is my confession: Good academic writing starts … Continue reading