The 2019 Belt and Road Initiative Science Museum International Symposium (BRISMIS) and the 2019 Annual Conference of the Chinese Association of Natural Science Museums (CANSM) opened in Beijing on October 15, 2019.
The 2019 Belt and Road Initiative Science Museum International Symposium (BRISMIS) and the 2019 Annual Conference of the Chinese Association of Natural Science Museums (CANSM) opens in Beijing on October 15, 2019.
Meng Qinghai, vice president of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Cheng Donghong, president of CANSM, Yin Hao, curator of the China Science and Technology Museum and president of the Foundation for the Development of Science and Technology Museums in China, Philippe Pypaert, program specialist for natural sciences of the UNESCO Office in Beijing, and An Laishun, vice president of the International Council of Museums and vice president and secretary general of China Museums Association, attended the event.
Also joining them were some 20 international representatives and over 280 Chinese representatives, including Karunasena Kodituwakku, Sri Lankan ambassador to China, Erik Jacquemyn, chair of the Science Centre World Summit Foundation, Azeez Mubarak, president of the National science foundation of Sri Lanka, Kuoch Vengsrun, under secretary of states of the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology of Cambodia, H. E Suos Rathavy, under secretary of states of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training of Cambodia, Bishnu Narayan Shrestha, vice minister of education, science and technology of Nepal, Xu Yingqing, professor of Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design and director of the university's Future Laboratory, Li Xiangyi, honorary president of CANSM, Ren Fujun, president of the National Academy of Innovation Strategy (NAIS) of CAST, Su Qing, deputy curator of the China Science and Technology Museum as well as officials of relevant CAST departments and representatives of government agencies, science museums, science organizations and enterprises.
Meng Qinghai said in his speech that the Belt and Road Initiative carries mankind's hope for a new future and ushers in a new era of cooperation. It has not only provided a guide but also new opportunities for international cooperation among science museums.
The symposium, as part of the World Conference on Science Literacy 2019, would focus on the philosophies, experiences, solutions, difficulties, needs and intentions concerning international cooperation among science museums, according to Meng.
He noted that China attaches great importance to science literacy and has taken ingenious measures in this regard and CAST, committed to openness and collaboration, has constantly expanded pragmatic international cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, thereby contributing to the building of a community of shared future for mankind.
Cheng Donghong said that the new era of technological revolution interacting with industrial transformation has brought new dimensions to science literacy promotion, and in the face of the unbalance in the level of science literacy across the globe, science museums in various countries should join hands to remove the barriers for sharing resources in a bid to advance sustainable development globally.
As an event that pursues openness and innovation, the symposium aims to provide a platform for exchanges and cooperation among science museums along the Belt and Road, and is also expected to help improve the professional ability of CANSM members and their ability to engage in international cooperation, Cheng remarked.
Philippe Pypaert noted in his speech the ever increasing role of science museums and science centers in commuting science, the important contributions China has made in science communication, and a cooperation agreement signed in 2018 between UNESCO and the CANSM, in which the two sides expressed their support to the development of BRISMIS.
An Laishun said that full exchanges of information and views among museums will inject more vigor to undertakings concerning cultural heritages, science and technology and museums and help achieve understanding, inclusiveness, common benefits and prosperity in a diverse world – this is a major development trend the symposium is responding to.
The opening ceremony also included a ceremony to handover UNESCO and CANSM's overall plan for Sri Lanka's National Science Center to the country's government.
Under the theme of "Openness and Innovation: Science Museums and the Promotion of Science Literacy," the event also highlighted keynote speeches, high-level dialogues, development forums, thematic sessions, parallel sessions and exhibitions and aims to develop BRISMIS into a long-term mechanism for cooperation and mutual learning among science museums and an international, comprehensive and high-level platform for their exchanges.
The event was sponsored by CANSM with support from the UNESCO, CAST, and the Foundation for the Development of Science and Technology Museums in China, and organized by the China Science and Technology Museum.
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