The Promotion of Science L...
I. Name of the Forum:
The Promotion of Science Literacy and the Media's Responsibility
Sept.18, 2018 13:50-15:30
China National Convention Center，Function A
14:00-15:00 A scientific-technological revolution is restructuring the landscape of global innovation, reshaping industries and the world’s economy. Why are scientific and technological innovation considered such major forces in economic growth?
How can cultivating a scientific spirit foster experimental thinking and new discoveries?
What forces are driving scientists to innovate? What are the obstacles standing in the way?
What’s media’s role in raising public awareness of science? What could be done better?
Gust Speakers: Gordon MCBEAN, Professor Emeritus，Western University, Canada, and Past President, International Council for Science
ZHOU Zhonghe, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
CHEN Xiaowei, Cofounder of Wiznut
Peter DASZAK, President of EcoHealth Alliance
Jason Socrates BARDI, News Director at the American Institute of Physics
III. Guest Speakers
1. Jason Socrates Bardi
News Director at the American Institute of Physics. He is a writer, photographer, documentarian and author of two popular books on the history of science: The Calculus Wars (2006) and The Fifth Postulate (2009).
At the American Institute of Physics, Bardi directs the editorially independent nonprofit journalism venture, Inside Science News Service, an outlet that employs journalists, film makers, and artists to report on breaking news from across the fields of science for general audiences. Bardi reports on the science of food, human health, cancer and the brain.
He also oversees a team of media relations professionals who promote the latest, breaking advances presented in top journals and at conferences. Finally, Bardi administers the AIP Science Writing Awards, given every year since 1968 to authors of books, articles, videos, audio broadcasts and children's books for the general public.
2. Chen Xiaowei
Born in China and educated in China and the United States, Xiaowei Chen has more than 15 years experience in the media and information technology industry.
Xiaowei is co-founder of Wiznut, a company that provides diagnostics and solutions to small and medium enterprises.
Prior to starting up her own business Xiaowei has been an investor/senior management in internet, media and technologies. She was Managing Director at China Media Capital, Chief Executive Officer of Telstra China, CEO for Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment Group, President for The9 Limited, and President of China.com. Xiaowei was a consultant with McKinsey & Co, a global management consulting firm based in New York and was Anchor and Executive Producer for China Central Television.
In 2008, Xiaowei was elected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Xiaowei attended University of Science & Technology at age 15, holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh and was a postdoctoral fellow in Human Genetics at University of California, San Francisco.
3. Zhou Zhonghe
Dr. Zhonghe Zhou is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. degree with an honor at the University of Kansas in 1999.
In the past years, together with his colleagues, he has discovered and published nearly 40 new species of birds from the Early Cretaceous of Northeast China, making it the most important area for the study of early bird evolution. Our understanding of their early morphological differentiation, ecological and evolutional radiation has been greatly improved with the information revealed by Zhou and his colleagues. Also with colleagues, he has named over a dozen dinosaurs and pterosaurs, and their study of the Jehol Biota has much enriched our understanding of the Lower Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystem.
In 2010, he was elected a foreign associate by the National Academy of Sciences of USA. He was elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. In 2014 he was elected the president of the international Palaeontological Association. He was elected a member of the Third World Academy of Sciences and the corresponding member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2015. He is currently the president of the China Science Writers Association.
4. Lloyd Spencer Davis
Professor Lloyd Spencer Davis is the Stuart Professor of Science Communication at the University of Otago. His background is that of a scientist: last year was the 40th anniversary of when he began his research on the behaviour and ecology of penguins – and he still publishes in this area. For the last 33 years, he has also been a populariser of science, devoted to increasing science literacy principally through the production of science documentaries and authoring science books intended for a lay audience (both children and adults). In 2001, he transitioned into the academic side of science communication and now focuses his research in a number of areas related to science literacy, including the communication of science in the online environment through videos and websites. He is concerned with the gulf that exists between researchers and practitioners when it comes to science literacy. He is the author of 9 books about science, the senior editor of 2 edited volumes about science and science diplomacy, and an author on 150 refereed publications about topics that vary from Adelie penguins to zoology; science communication to science literacy. He is currently the Vice President of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Network.
5. Peter Daszak
Dr. Peter Daszak is President of EcoHealth Alliance, a US-based organization that conducts research and outreach programs on global health, conservation, and international development. Dr. Daszak’s research has been instrumental in identifying and predicting the impact of emerging diseases across the globe. His achievements include identifying the bat origin of SARS, and the underlying drivers of both Nipah and Hendra virus emergence.
A fundamental part of Dr. Daszak’s work on disease ecology is directed by the conviction that disease outbreaks are not just predictable, but preventable. With this in mind, he led the research that produced the first ever global emerging disease ‘hotspots’ map to determine where in the world viruses with pandemic potential were most likely to emerge, and developed a strategy to identify just how many of those viruses currently exist.
Dr. Daszak is a member and Chair-elect of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats. He is a member of the NRC Advisory Committee to the US Global Change Research Program, and has advised the Director for Medical Preparedness Policy on the White House National Security Staff on global health issues. Dr. Daszak won the 2000 CSIRO medal for collaborative research on the discovery of amphibian chytridiomycosis.
6. Masanari Koike
Visiting Fellow at Center for Japan Studies, School of Social Science, Tsinghua University, His current main research field is technology development and industrial policies in China and Japan.
He got Ph.D from the Department of Technology Management for Innovation, University of Tokyo, earned master degree in American Foreign Policy and International Economics from School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University ,and his bachelor's degree in Economics from Sophia University.
In his career, He served as member of House of Representatives in Japan, Associate Professor of Department of International Relations, Nihon University, and Assistant Professor of School of Engineering, University of Tokyo.
He was also involved in many famous international firms before, such as political think-tank Demos in London, Dewey Ballantine LLP in Washington D.C. and Marubeni Corporation in Tokyo.
7. Hepeng Jia
Hepeng Jia is a leading science journalist and science communication scholar based in Ithaca, New York. Currently he works as a lecturer in science and risk communication at Cornell University. A pioneer in science journalism and science communication, Hepeng Jia was the former editor-in-chief of Science News Magazine published by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also one of the world’s most noted science communication practitioner and had represented Asia as a board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists. He received China’s National Award for Science Popularization in 2010 and Purdue University’s Science Journalism Laureate in 2011. He has organized 50 science journalism and communication workshops, training more than 2,000 Chinese journalists in science and environmental reporting. He has published four books, 40 peer reviewed academic papers in science communication, and more than 1,0000 journalistic stories. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication, Cornell University.