Science Writing in Nowadays and Beyond
I. Name of the Forum:
Science Writing in Nowadays and Beyond
II. Introduction to the Forum:
This parallel forum “Science Writing in Nowadays and Beyond” invites science writers, organizers, and researchers who are interested in science writing at home and abroad to share visions on following theme topics:
(1) How to make science popular through science writing;
(2) Promoting science writing on the association level;
(3) Science writing in multimedia era;
(4) Science writers hunting and training;
(5) How scientists get involved in science writing.
Time：09:20-12:00，September 18, 2018
09:20-09:40，Keynote speech: undetermined. Speaker: Mohammed Yahia
09:40-10:00，Keynote speech: undetermined. Speaker: Lloyd Davis
10:00-10:20, Keynote speech: “Science? I don’t like it and I don’t trust it!” –Why Clever people can believe stupid things. Speaker: Craig Cormick
10:20-10:40， Keynote presentation: Science writing on relativity and quantum mechanics. Speaker: Mark Lee
11:00-11:20，Keynote speech: The History of the Development of Chinese Physics Science Books and its implications. Speaker: Bing LIU
11:20-11:40，Keynote speech: Heart to space- sharing of the writing on Cosmic Maps Series. Speaker: Yongchun ZHENG
11:40-12:00, Keynote presentation: Three Chinese "Martin Gardner" —— A study on popular maths writting of Jingzhong Zhang, Xiangbai Tan and Yupei Li,Speaker: Zhimin ZHANG
IV. Guest Speakers
1. Mohammed Yahia
Mohammed Yahia, Egypt，Executive Editor of Nature Publishing Group (NPG) - Middle East，President of World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ)
Mohammed Yahia has been a science journalist for more than 10 years. For the past seven years, he has been working with Nature Research – Middle East, part of Springer Nature, where he launched the Nature Middle East regional portal focusing on science and science-related news from the Arab world. He now works with the editorial teams of all Springer Nature publications in the Middle East and Africa, including Nature Arabic Edition and For Science, the Arabic version of Scientific American.
Mohammed was one of the founders of the Arab Science Journalists Association (ASJA) and is currently the vice-president of the ASJA. He was also one of the organizers of the WCSJ2011 in Doha, Qatar. He put together the conference’s website and also managed the team doing the news coverage during the event. In addition, He was closely involved with SjCOOP and held several training sessions during those meetings.
2. Lloyd Davis
Lloyd Spencer Davis, New Zealander.He was born in 1955 in Napier, New Zealand, obtained PhD degree at the University of Alberta in Canada. He was vice-president of PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) Scientific Committee, and the inaugural Stuart Professor of Science Communication at the University of Otago in New Zealand.
In addition to being a writer, Dr Lloyd Spencer Davis is also an award-winning scientist, photographer, filmmaker and university teacher. He currently holds the Stuart Chair in Science Communication at the University of Otago where, among other things, he teaches creative nonfiction writing. He has been a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, an Anzac Fellowship and a Prince and Princess of Wales Science Award.
3. Craig Cormick
Dr Craig Cormick is the President of the Australian Science Communicators and his research on drivers of public attitudes towards science and technology has been widely published, including in top journals belonging to Cell and Nature. He has formerly worked as manager of science education outreach with Australia’s premier science organization CSIRO, as well as with Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre. He has represented Australia at many international forums on science communication, including for APEC, the OECD and the Asian Development Bank. He is the author of over 20 books and is currently writing a book bridging the theory and practice of science communication.
4. Mark Lee
Mark Lee, born in the city of Mudanjiang of Province Heilongjiang, China, received a BS in physics from Taiwan University, a MS in Management of Technology (MOT) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a PhD in physics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Mark Lee first worked as a Senior Specialist in the U.S. Navy Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) project, then moved to Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Caltech, as a Principal Investigator (PI) on NASA’s space researches. He was recruited by NASA Headquarters as a Senior Science and Technology Specialist to lead and manage space investigations until his retirement from NASA.
Mark Lee has published over 90 peer-reviewed technical and management papers and awarded nine (9) US patents. He has received many awards such as “NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal”
Mark Lee has founded the “America Association for Promotion of Science in China” (AAPSC) and organized, developed and led the Chinese Students’ Get Away Special (GAS) program. Mark Lee has been invited to give numerous public science lectures and has published seven (7) popular science books.
5. Bing LIU
Bing LIU，born in 1958, Beijing, China. Graduated from Peking University in 1982 (B.Sc.), from Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1985 (MSc). Now he is professor of history of science in Institute of STS, School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University; director of Center for Science Communication and Popularization of CAST and Tsinghua University. Teaching and researching fields include history of science, philosophy of science and technology, STS and science communication. Publications included 16 monographs such as Science Viewed by Clio: an Introduction of Historiography of Science, 10 personal collections, 7 translated books and more than 300 papers.
6. Yongchun ZHENG
Yong-Chun ZHENG,Professor and Research Scientist in the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Planetary scientist and science writer. Major in Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry. He got his Ph.D’s degree from the Institute of Geochemistry of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the Southwest University of China in 2000. He now is the vice chairman of Chinese Science Writer Association (CSWA), the founding chairman of Young Scientists Social Responsibility Union (YSSRU). He was awarded by the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science from American Astronomical Society in 2016. He was awarded as the national top ten science communicator in China, and selected as the youth leaders by the magazine of Southern People Weekly 2016. He got Outstanding Membership Award in the Society of Youth Innovation of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2015, National Outstanding Contribution Award for Chang’E-2 Lunar Mission in 2010, Contribution Award of China’s First Lunar Mission in 2008, President’s Excellence Award of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. Up to now, he has wrote over 50 papers in the academic journals, over 200 popular science articles on the website and newspaper, given over 100 science speeches in the libraries, schools, colleges, universities, televisions and new media. He has wrote several popularization books, Pluto Flyby: Shedding Light on Origin of the Solar System, Great Scenes on the Moon: the Human Known Moon World, Cosmic Maps Series, and etc.
7. Zhimin ZHANG
Zhimin Zhang, born in 1978, Inner Mongolia, China. Graduated from Inner Mongolia University (B.Sc&MSc) and University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Ph.D.) Now she is an associate researcher in China Research Institute for Science Popularization, and she also is deputy secretary of China Science Writers Association. In recent years, her study has been focusing on science communication activity, evaluation of science communication programme and activity, science writing. She has publishes 1 monograph: An Introduction to Science Communication Activities, 1 translated books and more than 40 papers.