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The Forum on the Development and Governance for Science and Technology Societies is held in Harbin on June 27 and 28, 2019.

 

The Forum on the Development and Governance for Science and Technology Societies, one of the activities planned for the 21st Annual Meeting of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), was held in Harbin on June 27 and 28, 2019.

 

Focusing on the missions and challenges of science and technology societies in the era of profound changes, the forum explored their roles and values in the global science and technology innovation and governance systems, and discussed the directions and strategies they should pursue.

 

Huai Jinpeng, executive vice president of CAST, addressed the forum.

 

While looking back at the development courses of the world's and China's science and technology societies, Huai said that science and technology societies have been an important force driving social governance, social development and human progress and that they have especially facilitated inventions and reflected the aspirations of the science community and the development of society, economy and civilizations.

 

Huai said that going forward, science and technology societies across the world should all study how to define their missions and how to identify and respond to the major issues facing their current and future development.

 

They should especially study ways to further promote communication and cooperation among countries and civilizations and within the science community through exchanges and cooperation among science and technology societies, Huai stressed.

 

“Science has no borders and allows for no discrimination,” said Huai.

 

He also underscored the benefits science brings to mankind.

 

While exploring their academic responsibilities, science and technology societies also have a social value - they continuously discover and invent new products and methods to more effectively benefit society, said Huai.

 

Huai called on science and technology societies to become a force driving scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation and facilitating innovation and revolution. He hoped that science and technology societies will better unite science and technology workers to work for scientific and technological development on the principle that science has no borders and allows for no discrimination.

 

He also expected them to make important contributions to global science and technology governance.

 

“Science and technology societies should act as a bridge linking science and technology workers with government, enterprises and society; safeguard the interests and aspirations of science and technology workers of their countries; and better serve society, science and technology development, as well as innovation and revolution,” said Huai. 

 

Huai also hoped that science and technology societies can become scientific culture communicators, urging them to spread scientific knowledge, technologies and spirit, promote exchanges and cooperation among regions, cultures and civilizations, and push for joint scientific contributions to the progress of human society through sharing of science and technology, civilizations and knowledge.

 

At the forum's keynote speeches session, Arlene A. Pietranton, CEO of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and former chairperson of the American Society of Association Executives; Long Weiqiu, dean of Law School, Beihang University; Sheryl Luzzad-der-Beach, president of the Association of American Geographers; Sun Xianze, chairman of the Chinese Pharmaceutical Association; Robert Parker, CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry; and Meng Fanrong, executive director of the Performance Management Research Center, Xi'an Jiaotong University, shared their explorations and studies on how to build top-rate science and technology societies.

 

At the sub-forums, to promote high-quality growth of science and technology societies, heads of famous Chinese and foreign science and technology societies, heads of international science organizations and experts on science and technology society research discussed how science and technology societies can generate new vigor, improve their internal governance and better provide social services and fulfill responsibilities.

 

The forum also released the first findings of an appraisal and research project on world-class science and technology societies in a bid to provide theoretical reference for science and technology societies across the world.

 

In addition, the forum published for the first time a catalogue of 166 public service products offered by CAST-affiliated societies. During a promotion of the catalogue, 20 societies introduced their products and supporting policies.

 

Also joining the forum were over 260 people including Song Jun, executive secretary of a member of the Leading Party Members’ Group, CAST; Gong Ke, president-elect of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations; Susan Ying, former vice president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and former president of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences; Petr Baklanov, vice president of the Russian Geographical Society; Ian Mercer, head of International Operations, Institution of Engineering and Technology of U.K.; Chee-Fai, TAN, vice chairman of the Institutions of Engineers, Malaysia; academician Chen Fahu, president of the Geographical Society of China; Chen Lianzeng, president of the Chinese Society for Oceanography; academician Meng Anming, president of the China Zoological Society; academician Chen Yeguang, president of the Chinese Society for Cell Biology; Zheng Baosen, president of the Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering; Huang Youfang, president of the China Institute of Navigation; Wang Shoujun, president of the Chinese Nuclear Society; Wang Qingyin, president of the Chinese Society of Fisheries; Wang Guoqiang, president of the China Association for Chinese Medicine; Yu Guangyan, president of the Chinese Stomatological Association; QiuBaoxing, president of the Chinese Society of Urban Studies; Sun Anjun, president of China Association of City Planning; as well as heads of international science organization, heads of renowned Chinese and foreign science and technology societies and experts and scholars on science and technology society research.

 

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