Since the discovery of Raman scattering in 1928, there have enormously developed in instrumentations as well as new fundamental discoveries in Raman spectroscopy. With the development of science and technology, Raman spectroscopy has now become one of the core spectroscopic methods that are extensively used in a variety of scientific disciplines. Many investigators in Taiwan, including chemists, biologists, clinicians, and semiconductors manufacturers etc., are using Raman spectroscopy in their leading-edge research. To activate the interactions among those researchers from different backgrounds and promote science in Taiwan, establishing a solid platform for Raman spectroscopy is crucially important. With this prospect, the Taiwan Association of Raman Spectroscopy (TARS) was launched in 2013.

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 advisors of TARS: Hiro-o Hamaguchi (National Chiao Tung University), Wolfgang Kiefer (University of Würzburg, Germany), and 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. In previous symposium, we invited distinguished scientists from Germany, UK, Sweden, USA, India, and Japan to deliver keynote and invited lectures. After the success of previous symposiums of TARS in Hsin-Chu, Hualien, and Taipei, we therefore propose the 5th symposium of TARS to be held in Chiayi. It has found numerous applications in chemistry, biology, histopathology, medicine, physics, materials science, environmental science, archaeology including in manufacturing industries. Theoretical and practical progress recently in Raman spectroscopy shows extraordinary significance in academic research and scientific / technological development. To bring together experts from different fields to discuss the frontier of Raman spectroscopy, Dr. Hiro-o Hamaguchi, the chair professor of the department of applied chemistry at National Chiao-Tung University, mulls the Taiwan Association of Raman spectroscopy (TARS) and initiates the first Taiwan International symposium on Raman spectroscopy (TISRS) at National Chiao-Tung University. More than 80 people with different academic background from different countries participates this great event. Thanks for financial support from the minster of science and technology (MOST), the symposium and summer school organized by TARS has been successfully held in Hsin-Chu, Hua-Lien, Nantou, and Taipei in four consecutive years. And the number of participants increases year by year, from 80 to 161 persons.

The fifth TISRS and TARS’s summer school will be held in National Chiayi University and  Le Beau Max Resort, respectively, from June 28 to June 30. We plan to invite distinguished researchers from Taiwan, USA, Europe, Australia, and Japan next year. In addition to oral presentations delivered by the invited speakers, we will hold a poster mixer, in which students and young-generation researchers can discuss their research results and exchange ideas. Those lively discussions will certainly result in spawning new collaborative work both locally and internationally. Besides, we will also invite major Raman spectrometer builders (companies) to participate; so to bring up-to-date knowledge and technology to researches and students.