Scientist resigns over conflict of interest claims
Dr. Jann-yeng Liu ( ), a top scientist at Taiwan’s National Space Organization ( NSPO), resigned Wednesday after it was reported that he had accepted part-time employment in China in conflict with his substantive post.
It was discovered that Liu, a chief scientist at NSOP under the National Applied Research Laboratory (NARLabs), had been working part-time at Beijing University of Technology without NARLabs’ approval and in violation of its regulations.
Liu submitted his resignation as NSPO chief scientist Wednesday, ahead of a personnel examination meeting at NARLabs scheduled for Thursday morning.
A professor at National Central University, Liu is known for his research and expertise on earthquake precursors and ionospheric radio science. He was employed by NARLabs in 2012 as a chief scientist in charge of space science development strategies and international cooperation projects.
A specialist in earthquake forecasting research, Liu was first invited to China by Beijing University of Technology in 1999 to conduct research on disaster prevention and earthquake precursors. The invitation was issued in the wake of a deadly earthquake in Taiwan on Sept. 21 that year.
Impressed by Liu’s expertise, Beijing University of Technology in 2013 recommended him for employment in China’s overseas experts recruitment program, where he worked with experts from the United States, Japan, Italy, and mainland China on earthquake precursors in the Beijing region.
NARLabs recently received reports accusing Liu of violating the regulations on cross-strait academic exchanges. The reports suggested that as a chief scientist in the space organization, Liu might leak sensitive technologies to his counterparts.