In 2008 Academia Sinica celebrated its 80th anniversary, a significant milestone in the life of the Academy. To mark the occasion, the President of Academia Sinica, Chi-Huey Wong, invited Academy Presidents from all over the world to join with him in a three-day forum which debated the future of the world’s Academies. To keep the spirit of the Forum alive, and help to propel the spirit of research and free exchange of scholarly knowledge established at the Forum, in 2009 President Wong decided to inaugurate the “Academia Sinica Lecturer Series” by which top scholars from all over the world are invited to the Academy to share their knowledge in areas that intersect with the Academy’s important discoveries. It is hoped that the lectures will help to break down the academic boundaries between the Institutions and Centers and inspire the next generation of scholars at the Academy to “learn from the masters.” Invitation to speak as an Academia Sinica Lecturer is the highest honor of Academia Sinica. The honor is bestowed on Nobel Laureates and scholars of similar caliber from across the world. The initial lectures are in the fields of Mathematics and Physical Science and Life Science. Later the focus of the lectures will be expanded to cover the area of Humanities. The first Academia Sinica Lecture took place in December 2009.
本院在院長及全體同仁努力下,過去數年發展快速,不僅研究領域不斷擴增,幾乎涵蓋所有基礎學科範疇,研究水準也突飛猛進,逐漸於國際間嶄露頭角。2008年適逢本院創立八十週年,本院盛大慶祝,為八十年的艱辛與榮耀立下重要的里程碑。 展望未來,學術競爭日益劇烈,新知踵出,不進則退。為攻錯他山之石,更上層樓,在翁院長的構思下,本院自2009年起設置「中央研究院講座」,不定期邀請世界級頂尖學者來院發表演講,與同仁切磋討論,期為台灣學術發展注入新活力,並逐步將本院推向亞洲地區學術研究重鎮之地位。 「中央研究院講座」定位為本院最崇高的講座,初步由數理、生命組開始規劃,逐步擴及人文社會領域。講座人選以研究領域為考量,打破所或中心的界限,配合本院擬著重發展之方向,以諾貝爾獎得主或同等級之重要學者為首要邀請對象。 在知識經濟的時代,學術競爭力就是國力。學術志業乃百年大計,唯有深耕久植始能竟其功。「中央研究院講座」將慎選世界第一流學者,期使這個講座的邀約成為國際間至高的學術榮譽。同仁見賢思齊、追求卓越是講座精神之所繫,而最終目標,是培育出中研院自己的世界級學者,使本院成為國際學術舞台不可或缺的要角。