On July 16, Ma Lin, secretary of party leadership group of the BAST, discussed and exchanged views on promoting cooperation in the development of popular science in the capital with the research team of popular science led by Li Jing, deputy director of the Center for Scientific and Technological Innovation and Development of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, vice president of the Beijing Branch, members of the Party Leadership Group and deputy secretary of the Party Committee of the Beijing Municipal Institute. Secondary inspector Chen Weicheng from the BAST attended the discussion as well.
Chen Weicheng introduced the general idea of the high-quality development of the popular science work of the BAST, focusing on the promoting double upgrading of the concept and practice of popular science. He made a systematic interpretation of new tasks and new layout of the construction of capital’s popular science platform, focusing the key work of popular science activities, science education, popular science actions, popular science exchange, etc., and boosting the basic construction of popular science team, popular science means and popular science research. The two parties exchange the exchange cooperation intention on jointly promoting the development of scientific and technological innovation and popular science, namely, "two wings" development, and establishing the capital popular science service platform.
Li Jing introduced the construction of popular science resources, team building and scientific and technological innovation platform of the Beijing Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She indicated that the Beijing Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, based in Beijing, has close ties with the scientific research institutes in the capital region; we are willing to work together with the BAST on the new platform for popular science in the capital, integrate the popular science work systems of both parties, concentrate the efforts, strengthen the cooperation between academies and local governments in popular science, expanding the benefits and impact of social popular science through addition.
Ma Lin, with welcoming the research team of Beijing Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and thanking their support to the work of popular science of the BAST, stressed that General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that “scientific and technological innovation and popularizing science are the two wings to realize the development of scientific and technological innovation; we should put popular science in the same important position as science and technology innovation". The key to innovation lies in the connotations of innovation, which is reflected in the degree of scientific quality of the public. Since currently there is still a gap between the ability as well as level of popularizing science and the requirement of innovation and development of science and technology in the capital, it is necessary for all sectors of society, especially scientists and sci-tech workers, giving full play to their professional expertise and concentrating social resources to serve and improve citizens' scientific quality. He said that as the reform of the BAST’s system goes further, the concept and practice of popular science have been upgraded to a new level. The core of the reform is to disseminate scientific ideas as well as methods and innovate the form of popular science. The BAST has invited 87 professional venues to form the Beijing Association for Scientific Education Museum, which means science will be popularized through venues and listening to professional explanations. It can be said that the work of popular science in the capital has stepped onto a new platform and a starting point, which requires social forces to jointly carry the banner of popular science in the capital. The Beijing Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has the advantages of sophisticated disciplines and wide range of talents. It is hoped to exchange and cooperate with the Beijing Branch of the CAS based on the full play to the organizational advantages of the BAST and in accordance with the requirements of the economic and social development of the capital. He stressed that we should emphasize the role of Association for Scientific Education Museum as a key position while taking the capital as the main platform of popularizing science, and promote the dissemination of scientific ideas and methods while take the exhibition of scientific and ideological methods and capital science and technology research as the carrier. We will work together with the Beijing Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences to promote the development of resources, tap further the resources of scientific education venues, and summarize the scientific thinking and methods behind the exhibits around the theme exhibition and education area. On the new platform of popular science in the capital, we will make joint efforts to promote the high-quality development of popular science in the capital and create the representative work of the popular science in the capital.
Yuan Nian, director of the Publicity and Education Department of the Beijing Branch of the CAS; Wang Xiaolei, deputy director of the Publicity and Education Department of the Beijing Branch of the CAS; He Suxing, director of the Beijing Science Center; Wang Gang, senior inspector of the BAST and deputy director of the Beijing Development Center of Popular Science; Liu Fang, deputy head of the Popular Science Section of the BAST; Zhang Yongfeng, deputy director of the Beijing Science Center, and members of the relevant departments attended the discussion.