“Making It to the World” :The Emergence of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (Ibms), Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 1970s-2010s

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This project seeks to examine the emergence of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of Academia Sinica (hereafter IBMS), a leading biomedical research institution in Taiwan first proposed in 1980 and officially established in 1993. Two Academia Sinica fellows, Paul Yu and Shu Chien, who had been successful medical scientists in the US, played an important role in the establishment of the IBMS. The mission of the IBMS was to engage in research on significant health issues in Taiwawn. The IBMS created a model of organization that had an American outlook novel to contemporary Taiwan—about twenty Taiwanese scientists who had made their careers abroad in the US were recruited, one by one (?), to take turns in building the IBMS as a leading research institute. The IBMS was born with two potentially conflicting missions: Taiwan’s ambition to make it to the world (or to be among the first-class nations) and the need to address its local health issues and ban-tu-hua (naturalize, localize) science. Drawing on postcolonial technoscience studies, this project's focus is on how scientists, scientific knowledge, and practice traveled in the changing global world order.
Effective start/end date18-08-0119-07-31


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