Vice president of CAST Li Jinghai (R) meets with Flavia Schlegel (L), special envoy for science in global policy at the International Science Council (ISC) at China Hall of Science and Technology in Beijing on May 29, 2019.
Li Jinghai, vice president of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), met with Flavia Schlegel, special envoy for science in global policy at the International Science Council (ISC), in Beijing on May 29, 2019.
The two sides held discussions on international science cooperation.
Li extended warm welcome to Schlegel and briefed her about CAST's organizational structure and its support for developing China's STM journals.
He applauded ISC's important role in making science serve society.
Li said the creation of ISC in 2018 as the result of a merger between the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) has accelerated the effort to bring together natural and social sciences and is of great significance in making science better help realize sustainable development goals.
Li told Schlegel that CAST will hold the ISC Executive Boarding meeting in October and will organize, after the meeting, a panel of experts in natural and social sciences to study the ways to promote sustainable development.
Li invited Schlegel to be on the panel and Schlegel thanked Li for the invitation.
Schlegel, who did in-depth research into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as biodiversity in her position as the Assistant Director-General (ADG) for the Natural Sciences at UNESCO, stressed diversity not only matters in the natural world but also in scientific research.
She said awareness to bring together natural and social sciences in research also represents protection of diversity, lauding CAST's effort to get natural and social scientists together to explore sustainable development.
Also joining the meeting were Ma Keping, chairman of the Asia Regional Members Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and researcher at the Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); and officials of the CAST Department of International Affairs.
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