Programs & Events
Science and Technology in the Pacific Century (STIP)
In the course of the first half of the 21st century, a major change will occur in the geographical and cultural locus of much basic research, development, and education in science and technology. Increasingly, leading scientific research institutions and universities will be located in East Asian countries (China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan) as well as in South Asia (chiefly India). As this shift occurs, the cultures, governments, and international policies of states in these regions will take on new importance in influencing the paradigms and values that guide scientific inquiry.
Although a small number of academics pursue research on these issues, a research community with a strong communication network and focused publication venue has yet to emerge. The immediate objectives of the STIP project are to link faculty in a wide variety of relevant fields at the University of Illinois and Indiana University, and through two years of interdisciplinary exploration of issues and joint fieldwork in East Asia, prepare to host an international conference in 2010. The long-term goal is to build intellectual capacity and academic cooperation and coordination on these topics.