Academic calls for think tank on sustainable science


TAIPEI–A former Academia Sinica vice president called Monday for the establishment of a think tank on sustainability science that can integrate research in various fields and propose solutions for the government.

Liu Chao-han said Academia Sinica should establish the think tank, adding that the most-needed research areas for Taiwan include disaster prevention, food safety, renewable resources and the humanities in the wake of environmental change.

Taiwan is an island that is relatively young in geological terms, which makes it most suitable for conducting research into geographic environments and ecological systems. He also said at the 30th gathering of the country’s top research institution that it is suitable for studies into humanity and society, and economics and politics.

For his part, Academia Sinica President Chi-Huey Wong said the institution has already started studies on sustainability science and will work with the International Council for Science on related research.