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

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

Getting ready for my project’s final conference!

My ESRC project’s concluding conference, Governing Trust in the Biosciences, is now open for registration. The conference will be held on 22-23 February 2018 at the British Academy in London. It aims to promote cross-cultural dialogues on good governance and effective accountability between China and the UK. The discussion may be of particular interest to people … Continue reading

‘Small World’ Gets More Publicity

My Chinese new book ‘Small World: Footnotes to Academic Observations’ was listed as one of the top 20 ‘Impactful Books’ in the non-fiction/popular science category (above pic). And that was BEFORE the book promotion event in September. It was also a nice surprise to learn that Tongji University‘s library recommended this non-academic book on their … Continue reading

People’s Daily on ‘Small World’

On 5 June, China’s official newspaper, People’s Daily (Overseas Edition) dedicated a special section of four articles to Dr Joy Zhang’s recent book, Small World: Footnotes to Academic Observations (小世界:在欧洲做学术的注脚).  The section features an invited commentary from SSPSSR’s former MA graduate Qing Yang. Intended to ‘extend the Cosmopolitan debate to the Chinese public’, Dr Zhang … 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