The 2019 International Forum on Science Education is held at the University of Macau on July 22, 2019.
Huai Jinpeng, executive vice president of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), attended the forum, together with CAST vice president Xu Yanhao; Ma Zhiyi, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Science and Technology Development Fund of Macao; Lao Bosheng, director of the Macao Education and Youth Affairs Bureau; Xu Aoao, chairman of the Macao Association for Promotion of Science and Technology; and Ge Wei, vice rector of the University of Macau.
Wu Yueliang, vice president of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), presided over the forum.
The theme of the forum was "Inspiring Young Science Talents."
While noting that the new round of technological revolution and industrial transformation is undergoing a historic convergence with the evolution of human society, Huai said: "Young people today live in an era when great development, transformation, and adjustment are happening. This characteristics urges us to do in-depth study of the trends of scientific revolution and its profound influence on science education. We should go with the times and change with the times as we think about and reform science education."
Huai called on participants to study the laws underlying the growth of young innovative talents in science and technology, improve the science education systems, optimize the cultivation and selection models of young innovative talents, strengthen international cooperation on youth science education, and elevate the level of international exchanges and cooperation among the young talents.
Wang Enge, CAS academician and former president of Peking University, presented Ying Cai Ji Hua, or Science Talents Program, an initiative for building up China's young science talents’ bank, sharing with participants how China provides personal training to excellent high school students who are strongly interested in science and innovation.
Okimura Kazuki, former president of the Japan Science and Technology Agency, introduced the agency's endeavors to promote China-Japan youth science exchanges and cultivate young innovative talents in Asia.
Elizabeth Allan, president-elect of the U.S. National Science Teaching Association (NSTA); Naveed Syed, head of Global Networks at Falling Walls, Germany; and Osnat Cohen, director of the Authority for the Community and Youth at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, introduced the practices and experiences of their respective countries on science education and communication as well as the cultivation of young science talents.
Their reports were entitled "NSTA: Support Science and Support Teaching," "Science Communication Drives Positive Changes," and "How Israel Cultivates Future Scientists and Inventors" respectively.
Over 500 science teachers and outstanding primary and secondary school principals and science education professionals from 50 countries and regions attended the forum.
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