IRSSS began the first stage of GPSS-MAP Project in March 2005. In the past year, the carrying-out of GPSS Project considerably promoted the academic researches of IRSSS. The effect was embodied in the following aspects:
(1) Opening the new direction of Daoist researches. At present IRSSS is writing and editing Volume II and III of The History of Science and Technology in Taoism, on the basis of which, one task of GPSS Project Daoism: Past and Present broadens deeply the above work, and strengthens the probe and discussions of the theories and philosophy concerning Daoism and science, which is the weak link in the researches in the mainland of China.
(2) Extending the talk and communications with between the national circle of Daoism researches, the circles of foreign religious studies, and scientists & technologists, and greatly broadening the field vision in researches, which enable some new approaches and angles of view to be applied to academic researches and receive a good effect.
Promoting the construction of the academic research team of IRSSS. On the basis of GPSS, we set up an academic research team, composed of multi-subject scholars including scientists, historians of science, scholars of religious studies, and philosophers to go in for the trans-subject researches. Right now the construction of the research team is under perfection. IRSSS intends to invite the people from the circle of science and from the circle of scientific philosophy to join in. In view of the above-mentioned statements, we attach great importance to applying for the Project of GPSS-MAP. Now we are establishing a new team to make the further research plan.