LMRG/BCCN Lecture: Dancing with Dragons

Dancing with Dragons: Higher Education, China and the Geopolitics of Global Science

Speaker: Daniel Murphy (Harvard Kennedy School) 

Organizer: Anna Lisa Ahlers

Time: 14:00-15:30 (CET) Jan 26, 2023


Main Conference Room, MPIWG, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany

This event is open to all and also accessible via Zoom.
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An evaluation of international scientific research partnerships that include China and leading research economies shows that China plays a critical role in global science, by some measures rivaling or even surpassing the United States both in the volume of scientific papers produced and the quality of the work as measured by citations.This trend of China’s scientific advancement has collided with hardening geopolitics that have caused some countries to re-think scientific collaboration with China.  However, China’s central role in global science means that it occupies a vastly different space from Russia, which was recently excluded from much of global science because of its invasion of Ukraine. These trends have coincided with, according to survey data, scientists of Chinese descent at American universities experiencing greater discrimination and increased fear regarding their academic pursuits. Dan Murphy’s work explores what this means for higher education engagement with China. He argues for a rational approach that recognizes both the tremendous value of international academic collaboration and the need for firm boundaries around areas critical to national security.


This event is jointly organized by the Lise Meitner Research Group and the BCCN. Find more information here.