Towards the Post-Pandemic Era

June 18-19 & 25

Speakers and participants from Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa,  Australia, and New Zealand will join the conference

Keynote speaker: Dr. Chien-jen Chen

June 25, 6 p.m. PDT

The keynote speaker for this international symposium is Dr. Chen Chien-Jen 陳建仁, Distinguished Research Fellow of Academia Sinica, the former Vice President of Taiwan, and a renowned epidemiologist who completed his doctoral degree in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He was instrumental in Taiwan’s 2003 SARS control policy (as the Minister of Health at the time), and the early part of Taiwan’s successful COVID-19 pandemic control policy in 2020.

Summary of the Keynote Speech

Towards the Post-Covid-19 Era: Achievements and Challenges in Taiwan

Emerging infectious diseases threaten human health and sustainable development significantly. The catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic originated from Wuhan, China in December 2019 is a good example. There are two phases in the containment of COVID-19 pandemic: the phase I of interruption of viral transmission (December 2019 to November 2020) and the phase II of mass immunization (December 2020 till now). Taiwan was one of few countries with lowest COVID-19 mortality and positive GDP growth in the phase I. Key elements for Taiwan’s success include prudent action, raid response, early deployment, transparency, and public trust. In the phase II, Taiwan was severely affected by highly infectious variant B.1.1.7 and limited supply of vaccines. A disastrous outbreak of over 10,000 confirmed cases with over 300 deaths occurred in early May. Under the restriction of level 3 alert, the daily confirmed case number decreased from 500-600 in May to 200-300 in June. Rapid nation-wide immunization program is considered the only way to contain COVID-19 in Taiwan. To prevent and contain emerging infectious diseases in the

future, “One Health” is the strategy of the reform for resilience in the post-COVID era. One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.

Main focuses of this symposium
  1. comparisons of national pandemic control policies and results, and
  2. how can we move forward to the post-pandemic world.

To accommodate speakers and participants from different time zones, this international symposium is organized in 4 sessions across 3 days. There are two early- evening sessions (PDT) that are designed for speakers/participants in the Americas, Asia, and Australia-New Zealand, and two morning sessions (PDT) that are designed for speakers/participants in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Middle-East. Below are the schedules. Each session includes two sections. The first section is presentations by speakers from the designated continents, followed by the second section that is a panel discussion.


Session 1:   

6/18 (FRI.), 6:00PM - 9:00PM PDT

Session 2:

6/19 (SAT.), 9:00AM – 11:30AM PDT

Session 3:  

6/25 (FRI.), 9:00AM – 11:30AM PDT

Session 4:  

6/25 (FRI.), 6:00PM - 8:30PM PDT

Nations represented by the symposium speakers and panelists

Australia, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Norway, South Korea, Spain, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, U.S.A.


Center for Global Health
College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University

Chiu Program for Taiwan Studies
College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University

Symposium Chair:

Chunhuei Chi
Director, Center for Global Health, Professor, Global Health Program, Professor, Health Management and Policy Program, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University

Symposium General Director:

Hung-Yok Ip
Director, Chiu Program for Taiwan Studies, Associate Professor, History Program, School of History, Philosophy and Religion, College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University


Aerosol Science Research Center 氣膠科學研究中心
National Sun Yat-Sen University, 國立中山大學, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

International College of Innovation 國立中山大學
National Chengchi University 國立中山大學, Taipei, Taiwan

Management Control Center (Centro de Control de Gestión),
Faculty of Economics and Business, National University of Chile, FEN,
Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

College of Medicine 醫學院
National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University 國立陽明交通大學, Taipei & Hsinchu,Taiwan

Global Health and Development Program 全球衛生與發展學程
Taipei Medical University 台北醫學大學, Taipei, Taiwan