On January 6, BAST held a work meeting to prepare the “Implementation Plan for Beijing Science Literacy Action Plan Outline (2021-2025-2035)”, attended by Executive Vice President of BAST SIMA Hong, Deputy Head of the Department for Science and Technology Popularization of CAST Qian Yan and Class-2 inspector of BAST Chen Weicheng. Heads of the Department for Science and Technology Popularization of BAST, Beijing Sci-tech Report and Beijing Institute of Science and Technology Information and related members of the research project participated in the meeting, which was chaired by member of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Vice President of BAST Liu Xiaokan.
Associate researcher of Beihang University Fan Wenqiang, business director of China Science Daily Ju Siting and researcher of Beijing Institute of Science and Technology Information Yi Tiemei presented the achievements of preliminary research project with respect to “a study of construction of intelligent science popularization ecosystem”, “a study of community-based science popularization in Beijing”, “a study of science education of teenagers in Beijing” and “a study of medium and long-term plan for Beijing Science Literacy Action Plan Outline (2021-2025-2035). Deputy Director of Beijing Institute of Science and Technology Information Yuan Rubing introduced the framework of and compilation work plan for Beijing Science Literacy Action Plan Outline (2021-2025-2035).
Qian Yan detailed the compilation process, guidelines, implementation objectives, prioritized tasks, organizational mechanism and safeguards of Beijing Science Literacy Action Plan Outline (2021-2025-2035) (hereinafter, “Outline”), suggesting the need to deeply research the ideas and approaches to full-scale improvement in science literacy of all Beijing residents with respect to the compilation of Beijing’s implementation plan for the outline, as well as to find the suitable focus points of local efforts, further define the implementation measures and find the enablers of various activities.
Chen Weicheng noted that, while preparing the Implementation Plan for the outline, both improvement actions and key projects should be conceived in light of the actual circumstances of Beijing; it is necessary to properly integrate and utilize the advantageous resources of Beijing and properly construct and leverage the main platform of science popularization in the capital city; it is required to stick to the system thinking, fit into the role of the capital city as the political, cultural, international intercourse and sci-tech innovation centers of the country, so as to make an overall plan surrounding the overall efforts in Beijing; it is necessary to leverage the driving role of key efforts and reflect the specificity and operability; it is necessary to seek input from all stakeholders, develop an overall understanding, embody the latest efforts and make the implementation plan more developmental, guiding and forward-looking.
Liu Xiaokan pointed out that: firstly, the preliminary survey and research successfully concluded and the actual work phase began. The next step is to identify the work results and focus on preparing the “Implementation Plan for Beijing Science Literacy Action Plan Outline (2021-2025-2035)”; secondly, there is a need to pinpoint the stance, reflect the strategic stance and align the compilation efforts with the national development strategies, the overall requirements laid down in the national “outline” and the overall development strategy of Beijing, as well as to give overall consideration from the strategic perspective of improving science literacy for all Beijing citizens. Thirdly, the implementation plan should be detailed and innovative, underscore the characteristics and highlights of Beijing, solicit input from all member entities and BAST branches at district levels, especially where member entities must participate in the effort under the leadership of BAST. Beijing’s implementation plan for the outline is expected to resolve actual problems and play a role of driving Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and reaching out to the rest of the country.
SIMA Hong recognized the preliminary research efforts, pointing out the need to consider how to integrate the research findings into the compilation of the implementation plan for the outline and that the implementation plan is not only about activities in the “14th five-year” plan period but also may contain long-term objectives of 2035 planning for medium and long-term efforts. She raised four-point requirements: firstly, implement the task requirements in the national “outline” from the perspective of the municipal Party committee and government, keep the overall arrangements consistent, establish and improve organizational mechanisms, gather consensuses and advance the efforts. Secondly, at the value level, highlight the scientific spirit and culture and sci-tech innovation, and create an enabling social climate sci-tech innovation. Thirdly, reflect the characteristics of the era, Beijing’s distinctive features and characteristics of industrial structure, put people first and adapt to the role of the capital city as “four centers”. Fourthly, take pragmatic measures that are effectively integrated into day-to-day activities of all departments and all areas, drive all departments and areas to promulgate policies, tasks and initiatives to ensure all measures are effectively implemented in place.