This year is the 80th birthday of the inauguration of Academia
Sinica, Taiwan’s foremost research
institution and the center of academic excellence
on the island of Taiwan.
In celebration of this auspicious occasion
Academia Sinica is bringing together Presidents
of National Academies and academic leaders
from all over the world to take part in
a scholarly exchange of ideas centering
on the topic:
Roles of the Academies in Creating a Better
We at Academia Sinica firmly believe
that, as national seats of learning, the
major academies of the world have a duty
and responsibility to actively work together
to create a better future for humanity.
It is important that leaders work in close
cooperation and harmony on behalf our
During the three-day gathering from December
6th to 8th,
2008, our esteemed speakers and participants
will engage lectures centering around
three discussion topics:
How should modern science academies be
structured to best drive knowledge-based
Science and technology are rapidly changing
our world as never before. In the knowledge-based
economies of the 21st century, the leading academies of the
sciences, as centers of excellence, are
obliged to assume more responsibility
in shaping a better future for humanity.
How can academies of different types best
contribute to this effort?
Human societies have benefited enormously
from advances in science and technology
during the last century. But poverty and
hunger still stalk humanity. Nation-state
based competition still prevents science
and technology from serving humanity better.
Only through a close cooperation among
the scientific communities of the highly
industrialized nations and developing
nations can the benefits of science and
technology be equitably shared.
How can the scientific community contribute
to solutions to environmental problems?
Our concern for the environment cannot
be overstated. No leader of the international
scientific community can avoid responsibility
for this urgent issue. What role can science
and technology play in assuring sustainable
development, knowing the facts that today’s
problems are global and can not be solved
by any single country and by scientists
alone? How can human well-being be enhanced
and our environment preserved for future
As well as participating in formal lectures
speakers and participants will have ample
opportunity for informal discussion and
exchange of ideas during a banquet, several
tours and other less formal activities
arranged as part of the celebration.
We sincerely hope that this rare meeting
of some of the most prominent thinkers
of our time will spawn new perspectives
and cooperation and contribute to prosperity,
harmony and academic responsibility during
the 21st century.