The Roles of Science Festi...

I. Name of the Forum:
The Roles of Science Festivals in Promoting Science Literacy

II. Introduction to the Forum:
As science communication is without borders, science festival serves as the transnational science popularization form. Upon entrance into the 21st century, science festival has been extensively applied for the popularization and spreading of scientific knowledge, and thus turned out to be an inseparable means and way of popularizing science and knowledge. Science festival features flexible and diversified forms, including but not limited to lecture, exhibition, similar, field experimental demonstration, field trips and comedy shows, which enable the public to directly engage in science, and improve the effect of science communication. It can be observed that, the role of science festival in improving the scientific literacy of citizens is of utmost significance. As planned, this Forum will invite organizing committees of science festivals from all countries and regions, the first batch of member units of Beijing Global Network of Science Festivals (BGNSF), and relevant institutions devoting themselves to the science communication cause both at home and abroad, give full play to the professional advantages of participating units and personnel, carry out in-depth discussion oriented at the theme “The Roles of Science Festivals in Promoting Science Literacy” (including the present challenge of science festivals in improving scientific literacy of citizens, future innovation and development trends), and solve problems faced by us by putting heads together, sharing experience, exchanging information, supplementing resources and making cultural clash. Only in this way can science festivals play a greater role in improving the scientific literacy of citizens, and innovating ideas and leading practices in Science communication.

III. Schedule
14:00-14:10 Introduction
                  Moderator: Dr. Jianbin Jin, Professor, School of Journalism & Communication, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
14:10-14:30 Keynote Speech: Put forward Beijing's plan, Manifesting Beijing wisdom
                  Speaker: Mr. Weicheng Chen, Vice Counsel, Director of Science Communication Department, Beijing Association for Science and Technology
14:30-14:50 Keynote Speech (1)
                  Speaker: Ms. Viola EgiKova, Coordinator of the Programme Committee of the All Russia Science Festival, Deputy Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences of Lomonosov Moscow State University
14:50-15:10 Keynote Speech (2): Three Major Science Festivals in the UK
                  Speaker: Ms. Wang Guoyan, Assistant Research Fellow, Department of Science and Technology Communication, University of Science and Technology of China
15:10-15:50 Science Lounge
                  Moderator:Dr. Lu Gao, Associate Professor, Institute for History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
                  Mrs. Barbara Urszula Cader-Sroka, Astronomer, Lower Silesian Science Festival (LSSF) Coordinator for International Cooperation
                  Mr. Jonathan Frederick, Director of North Carolina Science Festival, USA
                  Mr. Toss Gascoigne, Inaugural President of the Scientific Committee of the Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology
                  Dr. Yuping Wang, Vice President of China Research Institute for Science Popularization
                  Dr. Zengchang Qin, Assistant Professor at Beihang University,Director of Science and Technology Communication Research Centre
15:50-16:10 Keynote Speech (3): Promoting Public engagement with STEM and STEM Festivals
                  Speaker: Dr. Gultekin Cakmakci, Professor of Science Education of Hacettepe University; Board Member of the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST)
16:10-16:20 Q & A session
16:20-16:30 Group Photo

IV. Guest Speakers
1.Mr. Toss Gascoigne

Mr. Toss Gascoigne was elected the inaugural President of the Scientific Committee of the Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology, at the ninth international PCST Conference in Seoul in 2006.  
Based in Australia, he works at the interface between politics, science and the media.  He served as Executive Director for three national organisations over the last 15 years: the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS); the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS); and Australian Science Innovations (ASI).
While at FASTS, he developed and organised a national meeting in Australia between scientists and federal parliamentarians called "Science meets Parliament".  This has run annually since 1999, and brings 150 scientists to Canberra (the national capital) to meet with members of the national Parliament.  
Now working as a consultant, he writes, coordinates and continues to train scientists to improve their skills at dealing with the media and public speaking. He has run hundreds of workshops throughout Australia and internationally in conjunction with Jenni Metcalfe. This includes a demonstration workshop for CRISP in Beijing. Toss Gascoigne is a past-President and Life Member of Australian Science Communicators (ASC), an organisation he helped found in 1994; and a Life Member of the PCST Network.

2. Dr. Annette Klinkert

Dr. Annette Klinkert is the Executive Director of the European Science Engagement Association, EUSEA and CEO of her company city2science – Science Communication and Strategy Consulting. With a professional background in city management and science communication, Klinkert provides more than 15 years of expertise in the fields of public engagement and knowledge-based urban development. With city2science Klinkert has developed renowned Science Festivals such as,  WissensNacht Ruhr (, Maker Faire Ruhr ( and local hubs of the European Student Parliaments of Science ( She also supports cities and regions in developing knowledge-based innovation strategies.
Since 2015 Annette Klinkert is the project coordinator of the HORIZON 2020 project NUCLEUS (New Understanding of Communication, Learning and Engagement in Universities and Scientific Institutions). In this project, 24 consortium partners from 16 countries support the implementation of Responsible Research and Innovation into the governance and culture of universities and scientific institutions ( In 2012 Annette Klinkert was appointed as EUSEA Project Officer within the European Platform of Local Authorities and Communicators Engaged in Science (PLACES). In this project, 60 institutions from 27 countries develop concepts for a European “City of Scientific Culture” ( Klinkert is a founding member of the “International Science Festival Round Table Conference”.  

3. Qin Zengchang:

Qin Zengchang,  assistant professor at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Master and PhD at Bristol University. Postdoctor at UC Berkeley. Visiting scholar at Oxford and CMU. At present, he is mainly engaged in the study of data mining, cross-media retrieval and natural language understanding. He has published a monograph in English, and more than 80 professional papers/book chapters. He also involves in the professional technology consulting work such as machine learning, big data, artificial intelligence in the IT industry.  He is top 108 of 2007  WIN IN CHINA.

4. Wang Yuping

Wang Yuping, vice president, Ph.D., researcher of China Research Institute for Science Popularization. He was graduated from China University of Geosciences, majored in hydrology and water resource.  He was engaged in the post-doctoral research in IGSNRR(Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research),CAS and the China Research Institute for Science Popularization. He has taken up the post of the vice president of China Research Institute for Science Popularization since Sept. 2016.

5. Dr. Jianbin Jin
Professor School of Journalism & Communication, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Research Interests:New Media Studies, Science Communication, Communication Theory and Research Methods, Editing and Publishing.

6. Mr. Gultekin Cakmakci
Gultekin Cakmakci received his BSc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Ankara University. After working as a Chemical Engineer in the industry for about a year, he decided to become a researcher and changed his career paths. He earned his master"s degree in Science Education from the University of York, UK and PhD in Science Education from the University of Leeds, UK. He earned a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to carry out his research at Stanford University in 2011-2012.
He is a Professor of Science Education at Hacettepe University and has been teaching courses on STEM education and public engagement with STEM since 2006. His research interests focus on developing scientific literacy among students and the general public and on the design, implementation and evaluation of STEM teaching. He has involved in several national and international projects such as European Commission FP7 projects (e.g., S-TEAM, SAILS and MaScil). He, among others, has developed the new Turkish Science Curriculum, which has been implemented in Turkey since September 2017.
He is a board member of the “Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST)”, "International Organization for Science and Technology Education (IOSTE)”, and “Journal of Research in STEM Education”, and director of “Turkish STEM Alliance”and "STEM & Makers Fest/Expo”.

7. Mr. Jonathan Frederic
Jonathan Frederick is the director of the North Carolina Science Festival, one of the largest celebrations of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the world. Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is an annual, month-long celebration encompassing hundreds of programs and events. The purpose of the Festival is to highlight the educational, cultural and economic impacts of science in the region through hands-on activities, talks, lab tours, exhibits and performances for people of all ages. He serves as the Senior Manager of Programs and Strategic Partnerships at the University of North Carolina’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, where he has launched major educational initiatives, including science communication trainings for science professionals, a series of science kits and curriculum used by hundreds elementary schools, and the production of large-scale public science events that draw tens of thousands of people. In 2017, he received the 2017 Outstanding Informal Science Educator award for the state of North Carolina. Jonathan began his career as a SCUBA diving science educator at a major aquarium in the southeastern United States. Prior to his current position, he founded an outdoor environmental science organization designed to get families excited about nature through hands-on activities and exploratory hikes.

8. Viola Egikova
Viola Egikova coordinates the Programme committeee of the All-Russia Science Festival since 2006, she is Deputy Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences in Lomonosov Moscow State University. V.E. devoted many years to science journalism and science communication taking part in international activities of science journalists and science communicators via European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA), European Science Events Association (EUSEA), World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ). V.E. is former Honorary Secretary and Vice-President of EUSJA, now - Board representative of EUSJA. V.E. is an organizer of numerous international study trips to science centers, international panels and discussions in different countries, panelist to ESOF in Stockholm, Barcelona, Turin, Copenhagen, Manchester. V.E. attended International Round Table Conference in Beijing in 2015, 2016, 2017 years. She was awarded different prizes including the Prize of Lomonosov Moscow State University (2005), the Medal from the City of Moscow (2009), Prize for Journalism from the Government of the city of Moscow (2011), Honorary Badge of Merit from the Union of journalists of Russian Federation (2018).

9. Barbara Urszula Cader-Sroka
Barbara Urszula Cader-Sroka, astronomer, Science Communicator. Coordinator for International Cooperation of the Lower Silesian Science Festival (LSSF) since 2007; Leader of the Teaching and Astronomy Popularisation Lab “Planetarium” at the Astronomical Institute of the University of Wrocław since 2008. She has strong expertise in Science Communication, has actively participated in the LSSF since its beginning in 1998. She has much experience in astronomy public outreach, has given lectures and has organized astronomical events for the public for more than 30 years. She has strong organizational experience: co-coordination of the nationwide observational action of the Venus transit observations in 2004 in the frame of the international educational program “VT-2004”’; coordination of the cooperation between the LSSF and the British Council Poland in the years 2004 - 2006 ; co-coordination of activities in the frame of the International Year of Astronomy in Poland in 2009;  managing of the European project 2WAYS (years 2009 – 2010) and the European project PLACES (years 2010-2014) at the University of Wroclaw. She was a European Science Events Association (Eusea) board member in the years 2010-2014. She is a member of the Polish Astronomical Society since 1985 and of the Joint Organization for Solar Observations since 2003.

V. Organizer:
Beijing Association for Science and Technology
Beijing Development Center of Popular Science