A Brief History Of EATS

The establishment of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS) was enabled by a Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Grant to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2004. The grant was designed to foster a community of interest among specialists working in European universities and research institutions on Taiwan-related topics in areas of the social sciences, humanities, language and culture. EATS formally obtained the legal status of a registered civil association in April 2010 according to German law.

More further information about the birth of EATS can be found in our first newsletter EATS News issue 1, pp.1–4.

Aims And Objectives Of EATS

EATS is devoted to the promotion of Taiwan Studies and Research in Europe. The Association pursues solely and directly objects of public interest in accordance with respective tax law definitions of objectives eligible for preferential tax treatment. The objectives of the constitution will be achieved through the following activities:

The aims of EATS are:

  • to foster a community of interest among specialists on contemporary Taiwan working in European universities and research institutions;
  • to disseminate and share among EATS members information on current research and other activities relating to Taiwan;
  • to promote and facilitate individual and collaborative research on Taiwan within Europe;
  • to promote publications on topics relating to Taiwan in all relevant disciplines; and
  • to promote links between EATS and similar organisations in other countries (including Taiwan, Japan and North America).


The Association is managed by the Executive Board that incorporates scholars from a range of European countries and institutions. The Executive Board, elected by the General Assembly, consists of seven members, including a Secretary General and a Treasurer (See The Executive Board). The term of office of each Board member is two years. The responsibilities of the Executive Board include:

  • planning and running the EATS annual conference and the operation of EATS between conferences,
  • invitation for the General Assembly,
  • implementation of the decisions of the General Assembly,
  • compilation of a report on the Association’s activities since the last General Assembly to be submitted to the General Assembly and published on the website.
  • decisions about the exclusion of members.
  • The preparation of an annual or bi-annual budget plan

The management of EATS is monitored by an independent external Auditor, who is elected by the General Assembly.


a) The legally-binding text in German (EATS is registered as a non-profit organisation (“Gemeinnütziger Verein”) in Germany. According to German law, the constitution (“Satzung”) has to be in German.)

b) The legally non-binding translation in English.