The China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) has planned to host the 2019 World Conference on Science Literacy (WCSL) in Beijing, China on October 16-17, 2019. Themed on "Science Literacy for Sustainable Development", WCSL is committed to contributing towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, promoting the benign interactions between science and society, pushing ahead the experience and resource sharing between nations in such fields as science education, science communication and science popularization, jointly improving public science literacy, and contributing to the sustainable development of human society.
The WCSL of this year will have approximately 400 participants, including representatives of international and national science organizations, world-renowned scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs. This two-day event will consist of the opening ceremony, keynote speeches, summits, thematic sessions, roundtables, field visits, and the closing ceremony.
Through this initiative, we hope to build consensus and join efforts to shape an international collaboration and exchange platform for promoting public science literacy and to develop effective organizational and institutional arrangements.
The first WCSL was held in Beijing in September 2018. Chinese President Xi Jinping and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres each sent a congratulatory letter to the conference, which was also attended and addressed by Wang Huning – Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau and Secretariat of the Central Committee, Communist Party of China. Attended by representatives of 58 national S&T organizations and agencies from 38 countries and regions and 23 international S&T organizations, the first WCSL released the Beijing Declaration, which calls for closer international exchanges and cooperation, and institutional arrangements through discussions and collaboration, as well as the joint efforts on promoting public science literacy and building a brighter future for human society.