Shanghai S&T Museum with people walking

Public square in front of the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum. Source: Carsten Ullrich, 2007.

China—The New Science Superpower?

LMRG & BCCN Lecture Series 2022/23

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 on the individual event page.


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This lecture series is organized by the Lise Meitner Research Group China in the Global System of Science, in cooperation with the Berlin Contemporary China Network (BCCN).


China's Rise Challenges Notions of the Science-State Relations Online Event


State-Science-Society: Tangled Ties in China's Plans to Become a Science Superpower Online Event

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Ascent of Chinese Universities in World Rankings—Global Ambitions, Local Governance? Online Event



Practice as the Criterion of Truth—Ruptures and Continuities of Scientific Knowledge Discourses in 20th Century China Online Event


China’s Innovation System: Driving or Translating Global Technological Trends? Online Event


Military-Civil Fusion and China’s AI Research Strategies Online Event


Roundtable: Global Perspectives on China’s Scientific Rise and Reach Online Event


Infinite Expanses? The Politics of China’s Space Science and Technology Online Event


Roundtable: The Securitization, Moralization, and Idealization of Academic Cooperation with the PRC Online Event