ISDP’s Taiwan-Nordic Forum 2022 – Day 2

Friday 4 March 2022 / 13:00 - 14:30 / Zoom

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Did you miss the Taiwan-Nordic Forum 2022? The full recording is available on ISDP’s YouTube channel.


As part of ISDP’s Taiwan Studies Project, the Institute is hosting the Taiwan-Nordic Forum 2022. The forum will bring together Nordic and Taiwanese scholars and experts who are distinguished figures in their respective fields, in an effort to better understand conflicting political, economic, and diplomatic realities, ISDP hopes that this will provide a platform for valuable discussion and exchange 

The event is scheduled for March 3 & 4, 2022, and will be divided into four panels, each dealing with a key issue that will be of vital interest for both the Nordic countries and Taiwan in the foreseeable future. 

The forum consists of the following public roundtable discussions: 

  • “Engaging Taiwan – Nordic Perspectives” 
  • “Trade” 
  • “Nordic-Taiwan Research Cooperation” 
  • “Cultural Exchange”  

Program March 4, 2022


Panel 3: “Nordic-Taiwan Research Cooperation”

10:00 am – 11:30 am (CET)

Chair: Agneta Bladh, Deputy Chairperson of the ISDP Board

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has shed light on the importance of international research cooperation. Nevertheless, collaborative research efforts have been in place for much longer and deserve closer attention as a means for academic and professional exchange. This panel will discuss how research cooperation has changed in recent years and will offer a glimpse into the future of research exchanges.


Joakim Amorim holds an MSc in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a PhD in Solid State Physics from Uppsala University. He has since been working both in the private and public research funding sector and is presently Research Programs Manager at the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, the biggest strategic research foundation in Sweden. He has extensive experience in negotiating bilateral agreements and international research cooperation, including in Asia.

Anders Backlund is a Professor of Pharmacognosy at Uppsala University and Vice-Dean for the research training in medicine and pharmacy. He holds a PhD from the Department of Systematic Botany and conducted post-doctoral research at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden. In 2004, in collaboration with professor Fang-Rong Chang at Kaohsiung Medical University, he initiated a student exchange and joint field course program which later developed into common research objectives and publications as well as the establishment of a dual-degree PhD program between Uppsala University and Kaohsiung Medical University.

Yen-Chieh Huang completed his BSc degree in Taiwan and obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He currently is a professor at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, and the director of the university’s THz Optics & Photonics (TOP) Center. He visited the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm twice during his sabbaticals in 2014 and 2019. Together with Swedish professor Fredrik Laurell from KTH he launched a collaborative research project entitled “A chip-size accelerator for material research and health” in 2020. The project includes four professors from Swedish universities and two from Taiwanese universities.

Fang-Ying Yang received her doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia
University in New York, and is currently a Professor of Science Education at National
Taiwan Normal University. She is serving as the Convener of Science Education at the
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Ministry of Science and Technology
in Taipei. In addition, she has been involved in numerous international research
cooperation projects, including with academics at the University of Oslo, and is an
experienced researcher in the field of science education.

Panel 4: “Cultural Exchange”

01:00 pm – 02:30 pm (CET)

Chair: Torbjörn Lodén, Stockholm China Center Head, ISDP

Often overlooked in geopolitical conversations, cultural exchange can play a key role in bridging diplomatic divides. From literature translations to popular movies and design, this final panel sets out to explore how people-to-people exchanges and mutual recognition of cultural practices play out in Taiwan-Nordic relations.


Teng-Chian Kuo was born and grew up in the city of Taichung in Taiwan. He studied English and literature at National Taiwan University, but also knows Swedish and holds an MA degree in translation from Stockholm University. He now resides in Sweden where he works both as an interpreter and a literary translator, mainly from Swedish but also from Norwegian and English into Chinese. He has translated works by Hans Rosling, Fredrik Backman, Jostein Gaarder and others.

David C. H. Liu is from Southern Taiwan and has been living in Stockholm since 2011.
He is a marketing professional and previously worked for Ericsson, Tele2, and Amazon.
David also is a freelance journalist and has contributed editorials for various Taiwanese
media outlets including Womany and The News Lens as well as former Hong Kong
newspaper Apple Daily. He produces a podcast (in Mandarin) and a Facebook site on
which he shares his insights and observations about Sweden for a Taiwanese audience.
Concurrently, David is drafting his first book which he expects to publish in 2023.


Here you can find information about the first day of the event.