Promotion of Science Litera...


I. Forum Name:

Promotion of Science Literacy and Governmental Responsibility

II. Forum Introduction
1. Forum topic:
Promotion of Science Literacy and Governmental Responsibility
2. Background:
Endorsed by the Chinese government and sponsored by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), the World Conference on Science Literacy, with the theme of Science Literacy for a Shared and Better Future, is planned to be held from Sept.17th to 19th. On the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up and the 60th anniversary of CAST’s founding, the conference is aimed at implementing the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, fulfilling the thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, and promoting the technological development of China.
3. Significance:
People's Daily Online will hold a parallel session entitled "Promotion of Science Literacy and Governmental Responsibilities" at the China Science and Technology Museum on Sept. 18th. This parallel session aims at creating new opportunities, exploring the public’s practical needs on scientific knowledge study, promoting resources and methods on improving people’s scientific literacy. The purpose of the parallel session is to create a better atmosphere for science studying and utilizing, and eventually forming a good interaction between the people and science. 

III. Agenda
9:10am-12:00am, September 18th, 2018
Room 405, China National Convention Center





Dr. Rush D.Holt

chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Educating for Science Literacy


Mr.Heqing Wong

Secretary of the Party Group of Chongqing Association for Science and Technology

Identifying the converging and breakthrough points in the popularization of science


Prof. Gordon McBean

Past-President, International Council for Science

Global Science Working with Governments to Promote Science Literacy Across Human Society


 Mr.Kui Ma,

Secretary of the Party Group of Inner Mongolia Association for Science and Technology

Government leading, public participation, CASTs duty performance, comprehensively promote civilization in ethnic areas                


Round-table discussion: four guests and the host share their views on the topic.


Mr. Shuangying Lu

Member and Vice-Secretary of the Party Group of Tianjin Association for Science and Technology

Linkage and collaboration of related industries, comprehensively improve public scientific civilization


Mr. Qiqing Xie
Deputy Secretaries-General of Wuhu Municipal Government,Anhui Province

Build platform for integrative development, promote scientific literacy of the public


 Mr.Xu Han

Mayor of Jiangling County Government

Responsible for fulfilling government duties, strive to improve scientific civilization.


Mr. Jianke Jiang

Senior Reporter of Peoples Daily

Make Science Popularization become Infrascture Facilities


Dr. Peter Tindemans

Secretary General of EuroScience

Societal dimensions of scientific literacy: a European vision

IV. Forum guests
1. Guests from overseas
(1) Rush D. Holt,male,chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Title: Educating for Science Literacy
Introduction: Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., became the chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals in February 2015. In this role, Holt leads the world's largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering membership organization.
Over his career, Dr. Holt has held positions as a teacher, scientist, administrator, and policymaker. From 1989 to 1998, Holt was assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a Department of Energy national lab, which is the largest research facility of Princeton University and one of the largest alternative energy research facilities in the country. At PPPL, Holt helped establish the lab's nationally renowned science education program. From 1980 to 1988, Holt was on the faculty of Swarthmore College, where he taught courses in physics and public policy. In 1982, he took leave from Swarthmore to serve as an AAAS/American Physical Society Science and Technology Policy Fellow on Capitol Hill. The Fellowships program, dating to 1973, places outstanding scientists and engineers in executive, legislative, and Congressional branch assignments for one or two years; as of 2017, the program has served more than 3,600 alumni working worldwide in the policy, academic, industry, and nonprofit realms. Holt has said that his AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship was "career changing." From 1987 to 1989, Holt served as an arms control expert at the U.S. State Department, where he monitored the nuclear programs of countries such as Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union. In 1981, Holt was issued a patent for an improved solar-pond technology for harnessing energy from sunlight.
Before coming to AAAS, Holt served for 16 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey's 12th Congressional District.In Congress, Holt served as a member of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. On Capitol Hill, Holt established a long track record of advocacy for federal investment in research and development, science education, and innovation. He served on the National Commission on the Teaching of Mathematics and Science (known as the Glenn Commission), founded the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, and served as a co-chair of the Biomedical Research Caucus.His legislative work earned him numerous accolades, including being named one of Scientific American magazine's "50 National Visionaries Contributing to a Brighter Technological Future" and a "Champion of Science" by the Science Coalition.He has also received awards from the American Chemical Society, the American Association of University Professors, the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, the American Geophysical Union, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Holt is a past recipient of two of AAAS' highest honors: the William D. Carey Lectureship Award (2005) and the Philip Hauge Abelson Award (2010).
From December 2014 to February 2015, Holt was appointed a Director's Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
Holt is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and he holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from New York University. He is an elected fellow of AAAS, the American Physical Society, and Sigma Xi, and he holds honorary degrees from Monmouth University, Rider University, University of Toledo, and Thomas Edison State College. He is married to Margaret Lancefield, a physician, and they have three children and seven grandchildren.

Peter Tindemans, male, Secretary General of EuroScience.

Introduction: Peter Tindemans, Secretary General of EuroScience since Febr. 2012, has a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Leiden University. He is well-known for his contributions to science, technology and innovation policy in the Netherlands, Europe and globally. He was responsible for Dutch research and science policy from 1991-1999 covering all fields of science (including SSH: “Kleine Letteren/Baby Krishna”; International Institute for Asian Studies IIAS; International Institute for the Study of Modern Islam); chaired the establishment of the pan-European Research and Education Networking infrastructure from 1986 till 1991 and the OECD MegaScience Forum from 1992-1999. As an independent consultant since 1999, he keeps being very engaged in developing European policies for science, technology and innovation in general, working with ministers and former EUROHORCS; in regional innovation efforts (esp. in the Southeast Netherlands, Belgium, German region), and in European policies for Research Infrastructures, e.g. as chairman (2000-2010) of the European Neutron Spallation Source now being built in Lund. He is working with the World Bank and UNESCO in Africa, Latin-America, the Middle-East and Asia. A founding member of Euroscience he sat many years on its Governing Board. He convened the Science Policy Group and was as chair and member involved in ESOF Governance and Supervisory Committees. He is a director of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen, and member of the International Scientific Programme Committee of the African Next Einstein Forum.

(3) Gordon McBean,male,Past-President, International Council for Science.

Title: Global Science Working with Governments to Promote Science Literacy Across Human Society
Introduction:Gordon McBean PhD is Professor Emeritus, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Western University, London, Canada and immediate past President of the International Council for Science.  During the past 10 years, he has given 200+ presentations to scientific conferences and he regularly gives presentations to high school and public groups on climate change and disaster risk reduction science and related issues.  He was: Professor of Geography, Political Science and Physics at Western (2000-2015); Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment Canada (1994-2000) responsible for weather, climate and air quality sciences and services, including advising Ministers for Kyoto Protocol and related issues; Professor, Atmospheric-Oceanic Sciences, University of British Columbia (1988-94); and Senior Scientist in Environment Canada.  He is a Member of the Orders of Canada and of Ontario; Fellow: Royal Society of Canada; American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and Royal Canadian Geographical Society; and awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, shared for his contributions to the IPCC;  and awarded, in 2015: University of British Columbia Alumni Award of Distinction; American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award; and American Meteorological Society Cleveland Abbe Prize; and in 2017, 62nd International Meteorological Organization Prize.

2. Domestic guests

(1)  Heqing Wong, Secretary of the Party Group of Chongqing Association for Science and Technology

Introduction: Heqing Wong, male, Han nationality, born in 1967 in Kaixian County, Chongqing, graduated from the Party School of Chongqing Committee. He joined the work in August 1985, and took part in the CPC in December 1991. He is currently the secretary of the party group and vice-chairman of Chongqing Association for Science and Technology.

(2) Kui Ma, Secretary of the Party Group of Inner Mongolia Association for Science and Technology

Introduction: Kui Ma, male, Mongolian, is 54-years-old. After joining the work in 1985, he has worked in the youth work, county work, project work, and also the office of the party committee. He has served as the minister of the youth work department, the deputy secretary of the county party committee, the head of the office of the party committee and deputy secretary general. He is currently the secretary of the party group of Inner Mongolia Association for Science and Technology.

(3) Mr. Shuangying Lu ,Member and Vice-Secretary of the Party Group of Tianjin Association for Science and Technology.

Introduction: Professor ShuangYing Lu, male, born in 1964, member and vice-secretary of the Party Group of Tianjin Association for Science and Technology.Professor ShuangYing Lu, male, born in 1964, who is currently the vice-secretary of the Party Group of Tianjin Association for Science and Technology. He was awarded the title of Model Worker of Tianjin, Excellent Teacher of Tianjin, and also granted the National "May 1" Labour Medal. Meanwhile, he founded the     Ethio-China PolyTechnic College in Africa serving as the first president, which has been promoting the Chinese vocational education model to the international. Till now, Professor Lu has won 5 teaching achievement awards and presided over the completion of 10 important research projects, as he has written more than 10 books and published more than 50 papers.

(4) Qiqing Shieh, Deputy Secretaries-General of Wuhu Municipal Government

Introduction: Qiqing Shieh, male, Han nationality, was born in March 1963. He was the director of the Development Research Center of Wuhu Municipal Government and is currently the deputy secretary general of Wuhu Municipal Government.

(5) Xu Han, Mayor of Jiangling County Government

Introduction: Xu Han, male, was born in January 1982 in Dengzhou, Henan, Ph.D. He took part in the CPC in June, 2006 and started work in July 2008. He is currently deputy secretary of the CPC Jiangling County Committee, secretary of the party group of the county government, and the mayor of Jiangling county government.

(6) Mr. Jianke Jiang,Senior Reporter of People’s Daily

Introduction: JianKe Jiang, male,a senior reporter of People's Daily, has won more than 100 awards from various news organizations. He was highly recognized and jointly elected by the Central Publicity Department of China, Central Organization Department, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Education as the recipient of Excellent Individual award in promoting the popularization of science and in implementing the National Education Program for Science. In December 2017, Jianke Jiang was granted the "Outstanding Journalist” award by the World Bank and Internal Consultative Organization for Agriculture Research. A few of Jianke Jiang’s publications include “Journalism of Agriculture”, “Media Communication and the New Countryside Construction”, and “The Nature of Agriculture”.

V. Organizer
People's Daily Online