Dr. Fang Xin, currently, a research professor, is a member of the Presidium of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS), a member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and of the Education, Science, Culture & Health Committee for NPC, a member of the Seventh National Committee of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), President of The Organization for Women in Science for the Development World(OWSD) and TWAS Member.
Dr. Fang Xin was born in 1955 in Beijing, and graduated from the Beijing University of Technology in 1980, majoring in machinery engineering. In 1982, she obtained her master’s degree in optical engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology and her Ph.D in 1997 from the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University. She was a visiting scholar from 1987 to 1988 at the Department of Management Science, George Washington University, Washington DC.
As a scientific administrator, she has served as section chief of policy research, vice director and director of the CAS Institute of Policy & Management. She was elected into the NPC Standing Committee in March 2003 and sit on the committee as a full-time member till November 2004.
Prof. Fang Xin is a long-time researcher in the field of S&T developmental strategy and policy. She is noted for her profound attainment in technological innovation, national innovation system and the institutional reform of the national S&T system. Since the 1990s, she has to her credit a dozen monographs, some 80 research papers and a dozen translated works and articles.
Prof. Fang Xin received the title of An Outstanding Woman Leader from the CPC Committee at the Government Department in 2002, a Prize for CAS Young Scientists in 2001, a first prize for S&T Progress from the Ministry of Education in 2000, four the third prizes for S&T Progress from CAS in 1991, 1992, 1995 and 1999 respectively, a second prize for S&T Progress from the former State S&T Commission (SSTC) in 1992, and special citation issued by the SSTC in 1986. She worked concurrently as a member of the International S&T Policy Research Council, President of the China Association for the Science of Science and S&T Policy Research, Vice Secretary-general of the China Society of Soft Sciences, professor at the Management School of the Graduate School of CAS and chief-editor of the journal Studies in the Science of Science.