History of TISRS & TARS summer camp

The truly interdisciplinary nature of Raman spectroscopy has created a large international community of scientists who enjoy using the method. In fact, the International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS) has been held biennially since 1969 and the 24th ICORS will be held in 2014 in Jena,Germany.

Many investigators in Taiwan, including not only chemists but also biologists and clinicians and semiconductors manufacturers, are using Raman spectroscopy in their leading-edge research. To activate the interactions among those researchers from different backgrounds and promote molecular science in Taiwan, establishing a solid platform for Raman spectroscopy is crucially important. With this prospect, we are currently working hard to launch the Taiwan Association of Raman Spectroscopy (TARS).

The founding members of TARS are as follows:

Chia-Liang Cheng (National Dong Hwa University, Chair)
Arthur Chiou (National Yang-Ming University)
Chi-Kuang Sun (National Taiwan University)
Wen-Lung Chen (National Chia-Yi University)
Ian Liau (National Chiao Tung University)
Shinsuke Shigeto (National Chiao Tung University, Secretary)
Chih-Ta Chia (National Taiwan Normal University)
Yuh-Lin Wang (Academia Sinica)
Juen-Kai Wang (National Taiwan University)
Yu-Ming Chang (National Taiwan University)

The above list clearly shows that many scientists who are actively involved in advanced spectroscopic research have gathered from across Taiwan to establish TARS. We have also invited the following three world-renowned senior spectroscopists to act as the advisers of TARS:

Hiro-o Hamaguchi (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan),
Wolfgang Kiefer (University of Würzburg,Germany),
Sanford A. Asher (University of Pittsburgh, USA).

On the occasion of the inauguration of TARS, we held a two-day international symposium on Raman spectroscopy and imaging at NCTU in 2013. This kick-off symposium is meant to bring together not only the TARS founding members but also other researchers and graduate students who are already using or interested in using Raman spectroscopy for their specific problems.Although the symposium is organized by TARS, it is a truly international meeting. We invite distinguished scientists from Germany, USA, and Japan to deliver keynote and invited lectures in the symposium. After the success of the 1st symposium of TARS in NCTU, Hsin-Chu (2013), the 2nd symposium of TARS in NDHU, Hualien (2014).The 3rd symposium of TARS was organized by NTHU and held in Nantou (2015).  The 4th symposium will be held in NTU, Taipei on June 28-July 1, 2016.