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Prof. Xu Yanhao had a meeting with ANU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Brian Schmidt


On Oct. 12 , the Vice President and Executive Secretary of CAST, Prof. Xu Yanhao met with the visiting delegation of Australian National University (ANU) headed by Prof. Brian Paul Schmidt, who is the Vice-Chancellor of ANU, also the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. Members of the delegation include Dr.Joanna Bunting, counsellor for industry, innovation and science, Australian Embassy in Beijing, Mr. Norm Bradshaw, associate director for philanthropy of the University and Prof.Joan Leach, director of international programs for the University’s Centre for the Public Awareness of Science,CPAS.The two sides discussed about substantial collaborations on science communication.


Prof.Xu Yanhao met with the Vice Chancellor of ANU, Prof.Brian Schmidt


Prof.Xu welcomed Prof.Schmidt and his delegation. He introduced the development of science popularization in China and the commitment of CAST. As he put it, the Chinese government paid more attention to science popularization than any other country in the world. The publishing of the Law of P.R.C on Popularization of Science and Technology and the Outline of Action Plan for Civic Scientific Literacy have put science popularization on the agenda of central and local government. In the last decade, China has made outstanding achievements in science popularization, with the index of basic scientific literacy increased from 1.6% of 2005 to 6.2% of 2015. CAST is the major social force to promote public science literacy, who has always been taken science popularization as its top priority, since its founding in 1958. CAST also works as the office of the Outline of Action Plan for Civic Scientific Literacy. CAST's recent initiatives include informatization of science popularizationbuilding system of modern science and technology museum, training of expertise in the related field and industrial development, as well as organizing national level events targeting the general public. With 60 years' efforts in science popularization, CAST has accumulated rich experiences and a unique way to communicate science to the public, which CAST would like to share with other developing countries.


Prof. Schmidt showed respects to China's comprehensive and systemic efforts in promoting public understanding of science. He said that science and technology are the foundation of modern society and have impact on not only the human civilization but also the life and work of every member of our society. To be able to communicate serious scientific issues to the public in an easily understandable way is essential to a successful scientist. He considered science communication and popularization a capacity and skill that governments and universities should have, which will require support in research and practice. ANU is the first university that study public awareness of science as a discipline. ANU's National Centre for the Public Awareness of ScienceCPAS, has accumulated experiences in training scientists, building science museum, bring science to communities and rural area, and exploring new ways to communicate science, and would like to share the experiences with colleagues in China.




Prof.Xu invited Prof. Schmidt to participate in the 2018 event to be held in Beijing on promoting scientific literacy and to deliver a keynote speech. Prof. Schmidt showed interests in participating the event.


The two sides also agreed to broaden and deepen the bilateral cooperation in science communication, promote personnel exchanges and the development of science communication of the two countries.


Directors general of the department of International Affairs, department of Science Popularization, and the China Research Institute of Science Popularization were presented at the meeting.



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