Chemistry turns eastwards: A decade in Singapore's R&D

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Since gaining its independence in 1965, Singapore has become one of the most competitive economies of the world and has seen enormous progress also in R & D. The author of this contribution has been part of Singapore's R & D life for more than a decade. In this contribution he tackles issues from the viewpoint of a visiting scientist, particularly with respect to the benefits and challenges of extending science using visitor's schemes and running satellite research programs in other countries. International collaborations are desirable but can be hampered by national interests, IP concerns, administrative hurdles, and other limitations. Cultural differences also exist, and concerns at home regarding loyalty, productivity, and occasional lack of appreciation must also be addressed. Nonetheless, intellectual cross-fertilization, enhanced productivity, and the benefits of nurturing and educating a new generation of "global" scientists are among the positive factors. These efforts may also lead to mutually beneficial innovations and commercial programs, using networks and local knowledge to succeed. As an example of scientific synergy, a case of global importance will be presented involving the science and international implications of marine fouling and the implementation of biomimetic strategies to avoid it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVision 2025: How to succeed in the global chemistry enterprise
PublisherACS Symposium Series
Pages205-214
Number of pages10
Volume1157
ISBN (Electronic) 9780841229396
ISBN (Print)9780841229389
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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Vancso, G. J. (2014). Chemistry turns eastwards: A decade in Singapore's R&D. In Vision 2025: How to succeed in the global chemistry enterprise (Vol. 1157, pp. 205-214). [Chapter 20] ACS Symposium Series. https://doi.org/10.1021/bk-2014-1157.ch020
Vancso, G. Julius. / Chemistry turns eastwards: A decade in Singapore's R&D. Vision 2025: How to succeed in the global chemistry enterprise. Vol. 1157 ACS Symposium Series, 2014. pp. 205-214
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