China – The New Science Superpower?


China’s push to become a leading science power is unprecedented in its speed, scope and, arguably, success. Reactions to China’s rise in global science are dichotomous: some anticipate that science made in China may come to dominate global academia while others deem it impossible to achieve scientific leadership under an authoritarian regime. A focus on rankings and statistics alone is apparently not enough to grasp the origins, characteristics, and the possible futures of China as a science superpower.

This monthly lecture series will bring together fresh empirical insights and intriguing theoretical reflections about the development of the science system in the People’s Republic of China and its global integration. Representing a variety of social science perspectives, our guest speakers will explore the evolution of Chinese science policy, interactions of societal norms and values and academia in the PRC, factors that enable or constrain scientific innovation, the global reception of scientific output and investment from China, the securitization of international collaboration, and much more.

Format and Participation

The talks will be held online and recorded with the speaker’s permission.
Please find the registration link for each individual talk on the event’s website and in the overview below.


This lecture series is organized by the Lise Meitner Research Group „China in the Global System of Science“ (LMRG) at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, in cooperation with the Berlin Contemporary China Network; see more information about the network here.