We had a dream when we established IAMS that by 2000, at the turn of the century, IAMS, Academia Sinica would become one of the most well-known institutes in the world. Therefore, young people would not have to go abroad and can stay here to get good education and do good research work. We started with chemical dynamics, spectroscopy, and surface chemistry. To a certain extent, we accomplished that dream by the turn of the century.
With time, we have continued to recruit excellent candidates in the fields of physics, chemistry, and microscopy. In recent years, more young scientists have been working in the fields of cold atoms and molecules and in bioimaging, which are very exciting nowadays.
During the years since I was elected as President of the International Council of Science Union (ICSU), I’ve been working together with many idealistic scientists trying to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. I hope that my efforts for the sustainable development of human society will continue as part of the goals of IAMS.
Yuan-Tseh Lee, President Emeritus, Academia Sinica
(Excerpt from interview, 2015)