The 2014 International Symposium on Research Assessment and Evaluation was held in Shanghai Science Hall on October 22nd. Co-organized by Shanghai Association for Science and Technology, Macmillan Science and Education / Nature Publishing Group and Shanghai Branch of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Symposium gathered more than 100 scientists, decision-makers and leaders of universities and research institutes from China, UK, Japan and other countries. Dr. Kurt Wüthrich, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2002, Foreign Associate of US National Academy of Sciences, Associé étranger, Académie des Sciences, Institut de France, Foreign Member of The Royal Society, UK and Professor at iHuman Institute, ShanghaiTech University was invited to speak as a distinguished guest on the Symposium.
Entitled “Research Assessment and National Innovation Competitiveness”, the Symposium focused on the methodology, experience and challenge of global and China’s research assessment and evaluation system. Local and foreign speakers discussed topics covering “Framework and Analysis of International Research Assessment”, “Right Way to Assess, Lead and Support Young Scientific Investigators”, “Social Impact of Scientific Research” and “Driving Force to Transform Scientific Research to Economic Development and Innovation”. Based on his rich experience, Prof. Wüthrich shared with the attendees his insight on scientific research’s social impact, evaluation system for multidisciplinary studies and the route to establish an effective and efficient scientific assessment system.
Appointed as professor at iHuman Instiute, ShanghaiTech University on March 26th, 2013, Dr. Kurt Wüthrich is a world-class expert in structural biology and protein science. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002 “for his development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for determining the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules in solution”.