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Asian Scientist
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EditorsJuliana M. Chan, Ph.D.

Rebecca Tan, Ph.D.

Sim Shuzhen, Ph.D.

Jeremy Chan, Ph.D.
FrequencyWeekly (online) and biannual (print)
First issueMarch 16, 2011; 7 years ago (2011-03-16)
CompanyWildtype Media Group Pte Ltd

Asian Scientist is an English language science and technology magazine published in Singapore.

History and profile[edit]

Asian Scientist was launched in March 2011 by Asian Scientist Publishing Pte Ltd.[1][2]

Based in Singapore, Asian Scientist is maintained by a team of professional science and medical journalists, with active contributors from the science, technology and medical communities.[3]

The magazine's launch reflects the growing demographic of scientists, engineers and doctors from Asia, and caters to this community with news stories that are both timely and of interest to them. According to the 2010 U.S. National Science Foundation Key Science and Engineering Indicators report,[4] one-quarter of the world’s publications are from Asia and one-third of all scientific researchers worldwide are Asian, representing a shift of the world's scientific center of gravity to Asia.

According to the Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 released by the U.S. National Science Board,[5] the largest global science and technology gains in recent years occurred in the "Asia-10″ – China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Between 1999 and 2009, for example, the U.S. share of global R&D dropped from 38 to 31 percent, whereas Asia’s share grew from 24 to 35 percent during that period.

On April 16, 2013, Asian Scientist Publishing accepted seed funding from international science publisher World Scientific Publishing Company to expand operations at its Singapore headquarters.[6] In January 2014, it launched its flagship print magazine[7] targeted at scientists, healthcare professionals and students. The magazine's inaugural issue focused on the biomedical sciences and was featured by media outlets in Singapore and Malaysia as Asia's first science magazine.[8][9]

The company also publishes books under the Asian Scientist imprint. In August 2015, it published a book called Singapore's Scientific Pioneers,[10] with the goal of highlighting the contributions of 25 pioneering scientists from Singapore. The book was made possible by a Singapore50 Celebration Fund grant from the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports to Dr. Juliana Chan and Dr. Rebecca Tan, who are both editors of the magazine.[11]

On April 2, 2015, it launched the inaugural Asian Scientist Writing Prize,[12] co-organized with Science Centre Singapore and with prizes sponsored by World Scientific Publishing Company. The competition received close to 400 entries and gave out SGD$21,000 in cash and prizes. The competition returned for its second installment in 2017,[13] this time with Dr. Jorge Cham of Piled Higher and Deeper as its invited guest speaker.[14]

In February 2016, the book Bugs & Quarks: Stories from the Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2015 was published.[15] The book is a compilation of 25 essays submitted to the Asian Scientist Writing Prize by individuals representing a cross-section of science and technology practitioners in Asia.

At the start of 2017, the company launched Supercomputing Asia, a new biannual print title dedicated to tracking the latest developments in high performance computing across the region and making supercomputing accessible to the layman.

On May 4, 2018, the company was relaunched as Wildtype Media Group,[16] a STEM-focused media company spanning digital, print, custom publishing and events.


The magazine covers science, medical and technology news updates from the Asia and Australasia regions. It devotes categories to research and development, health, medicine, new media and education. The site has been indexed by Google News since July 22, 2011.

In June 2016, it launched a Facebook video channel to feature the latest science and technology news from Asia in a visually-appealing format.[17]

In 2017, a new careers portal[18] was launched for HR professionals to list jobs for science and technology professionals in Asia.

Via its full-service science communications team at Asian Scientist Intelligence,[19] it works with academic and industry organizations in Asia on their communication strategies with key stakeholders and the public. It takes an integrated approach to scientific communications via print, digital and social media campaigns, many of which leverage self-owned media platforms.

Notable coverage[edit]

The magazine regularly features peer-reviewed basic and applied research from Asia, and carries out one-on-one interviews with notable Asian scientists.[20] Prominent interviewees include:

  • Dr. Kosuke Morita of the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science, who discovered element 113 (nihonium), the first-ever element discovered in Asia to be added to the periodic table. Dr. Morita discussed the process and challenges that led up to this scientific achievement, and shared advice to young scientists in Asia.[21]
  • Dr. Yongyuth Yuthavong, the deputy prime minister of Thailand. Dr. Yuthavong, who has a PhD in organic chemistry, shared his vision for science in Thailand and the ASEAN region, and the need for scientists to get involved in politics.[22]
  • Ms. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, who is one of Forbes magazine’s 100 most powerful women in the world, and chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, a billion-dollar Indian biotech company. Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw discussed the challenges to innovation and entrepreneurship that Asia faces.[23]
  • 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, who candidly discussed his early career, what inspires him, and the challenges he faced leading up to the 2012 Nobel Prize.[24]
  • Former Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) Executive Director Dr. Wang Jun, who explained why the kung fu panda best describes the Chinese world leader in human, plant and animal genetics research.[25] In 2016, Dr. Wang gave a second interview as co-founder of Chinese genomics biotech startup iCarbonX.[26]
  • Dr. Sania Nishtar, founder of Pakistan NGO and think-tank, Heartfile, and also Pakistan’s first female cardiologist.[29]
  • Dr. Shuji Nakamura, winner of the 2006 Millennium Technology Prize and co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing efficient blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs).[30]

The magazine’s May 15, 2011 Ultimate List of 15 Asian Scientists To Watch[31] included Caesar Saloma, Yi So-yeon, Zia Mian, Robin Li, Siddharth Ashvin Shah, and Pranav Mistry. The list was subsequently mentioned by the University of Philippines,[32] the MIT Media Lab,[33] and the A*STAR Institute of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology, Singapore.[34]

On March 30, 2016, Asian Scientist released the inaugural Asian Scientist 100 list.[35] The Asian Scientist 100 list is an annual handpicked selection of 100 prize-winning Asian researchers, academicians, innovators and business leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region. This list of accomplished personalities included Tu Youyou, Kazutoshi Mori, K. Radhakrishnan and Nancy Ip. The list was subsequently mentioned by the Manila Bulletin,[36] Philippine Daily Inquirer,[37] GMA News Online,[38] The Nation (Thailand),[39] and VietNamNet Bridge.[40]


  1. ^ DuVergne Smith, Nancy (2011-06-28). "Asian Scientist Magazine: Watch the Future Unfold". MIT. Slice of MIT by the Alumni Association.
  2. ^ "Starting an Online News Magazine 101". Graduate Women at MIT. 2011-06-13.
  3. ^ "About Us". Asian Scientist Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-12-21.
  4. ^ "NSF 2010 Key Science and Engineering Indicators" (PDF). National Science Foundation.
  5. ^ "New NSF Report Highlights Growth Of "Asia-10" Countries In Science & Technology". National Science Foundation.
  6. ^ "World Scientific invests in MIT Startup Asian Scientist". World Scientific Publishing Company.
  7. ^ "Subscribe to Asian Scientist Magazine". Asian Scientist Magazine.
  8. ^ "Scientist starts Asia's first science magazine". The Star.
  9. ^ "Scientist starts magazine focusing on Asian research". Singapore Straits Times.
  10. ^ "Singapore's Scientific Pioneers".
  11. ^ "Pioneer scientists to feature in SG50 book". Straits Times.
  12. ^ "Asian Scientist Writing Prize". Archived from the original on 2015-04-17.
  13. ^ "Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2017".
  14. ^ "Jorge Cham of PHD Comics in Singapore".
  15. ^ "Bugs & Quarks". Archived from the original on 2016-07-01.
  16. ^ "Wildtype Media Group".
  17. ^ "Asian Scientist Facebook video channel".
  18. ^ "Asian Scientist careers".
  19. ^ "Asian Scientist Intelligence".
  20. ^ "Editorials". Archived from the original on 2012-05-15.
  21. ^ "Asia's Scientific Trailblazers: Kosuke Morita". January 8, 2016.
  22. ^ "Thailand's Scientist In Office". February 11, 2016.
  23. ^ "India's First Lady Of Biotech". February 11, 2016.
  24. ^ "The Asian Scientist Spotlight: 2012 Nobel Laureate Dr. Shinya Yamanaka". April 30, 2013. Archived from the original on May 2, 2013.
  25. ^ "BGI: The Kung Fu Panda Of The Genomic World". April 16, 2013.
  26. ^ "Meet China's First Biotech Unicorn". July 19, 2016.
  27. ^ "AIDS Research Pioneer, David Ho, Talks To Asian Scientist Magazine". June 13, 2011.
  28. ^ "The Unassuming Revolutionary". January 26, 2016.
  29. ^ "Dr. Sania Nishtar, Founder Of Pakistan NGO Heartfile, Talks To Asian Scientist Magazine". October 17, 2011.
  30. ^ "A Flash Of Brilliance: An Interview With Shuji Nakamura". October 26, 2015.
  31. ^ "The Ultimate List Of 15 Asian Scientists To Watch". May 15, 2011. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012.
  32. ^ "UP Diliman Chancellor in "Ultimate List of 15 Asian Scientists to Watch"". University of Philippines Diliman. May 25, 2011.
  33. ^ "Pranav Mistry, Joi Ito among 15 Asian Scientists to Watch". MIT Media Lab. May 15, 2011.
  34. ^ "The Ultimate List of 15 Asian Scientists to Watch". Institute of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology. May 15, 2011.
  35. ^ "The Asian Scientist 100". March 30, 2016.
  36. ^ "Eight Filipino scientists cited in 'Top 100 Asian Scientists'". Manila Bulletin. June 3, 2016.
  37. ^ "5 Filipinos break into top 100 Asian scientists list". Philippine Daily Inquirer. May 1, 2016.
  38. ^ "Five Filipino scientists make it to Asian Scientist 100 list". GMA News Online. May 3, 2016.
  39. ^ "Two Thais in top 100 Asian scientists". The Nation. May 6, 2016.
  40. ^ "Two Vietnamese female scientists named among 100 scientists of Asia". VietNamNet. May 4, 2016.