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Forum on the Development and Governance of Science and Technology Associations opens in Beijing


The Forum on the Development and Governance of Science and Technology Associations, which is part of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) opened in Beijing on August 10, 2020.


Forum on the Development and Governance of Science and Technology Associations opens in Beijing on August 10, 2020.


Under the theme of "Governance Innovation, Mutual Trust and Cooperation", the forum discussed innovative ideas on the governance structure and methods of sci-tech organizations as well as the development directions, trying to find solutions to improve the participation, contribution and visibility of sci-tech organizations in global S&T governance.


Huai Jinpeng, executive vice president and chief executive secretary of CAST addressed the opening ceremony.


Huai Jinpeng pointed out that, together with many of their global peers, sci-tech organizations in China uphold the conviction of a community of shared future for mankind and contributed wisdom, solutions and enthusiasm to the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, making the voice of science heard and showing rational thought can bring hope and light.


As the tide of a new round of sci-tech revolution and industrial transformation is booming, sci-tech organizations across the globe should preserve solidarity to advance science and enhance S&T’s ability to serve human society, added Huai.


Then, Huai shared his insights with the attendees from the following four aspects:


-It is necessary to build sci-tech organizations functioning as think tanks to identify new challenges and industrial transformation facing human kind, and better play the role of S&T in supporting global governance.


-It is necessary to build sci-tech organizations serving as network platforms and promote the combination of industry and universities to cultivate young scientists and small and medium-sized enterprises in a more effective way, so as to promote technological innovation and market innovation, and accelerate the deep integration of science, technology and economy.


-It is necessary to build data-driven sci-tech organizations and give full play to the organizational advantages in extensive links and data accumulation, so as to intensify cooperation networks and improve digital governance rules. The enhancement of digital governance capabilities will promote the integration and development of digital and real economy.


-It is necessary to build sci-tech organizations of openness and cooperation to cope with challenges and promote S&T to better serve the society and cultivate civilization.


CAST is willing to work with its global peer organizations to make development plans for sci-tech organizations with a common conviction of “opening-up, cooperation and win-win result” to build a scientific community with shared reason, virtue and future, and to support human being’s sustainable development with science and technology, concluded Huai.


Gong Ke, president of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), presided over the keynote speech session of the forum.


Sudip Parikh, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Zhang Xiaogang, former president of the International Standardization Organization (ISO) and former chairman of the World Steel Association (WSA), Nigel Fine, chief executive officer of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Cai Liqiang, director of the Research Center for Social Organization and Public Governance at the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (UCASS), and Chris Mason, CEO of the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Society (FISITA), made keynote speeches focusing on strengthening the governance and cooperation of sci-tech organizations and establishing international scientific community.


Han Buxin, president of the Chinese Psychological Association and president of the Asian Psychological Association (APsyA), chaired the forum’s sharing and thematic discussion session.


16 principals and experts from home and aboard shared the experiences of sci-tech organizations in promoting technological progress, exchanges and cooperation and governance innovation.


Special discussions were launched and consensus were reached pivoting around hot issues of "reform and development of sci-tech organizations" and "the construction of international scientific community".


A report comprehensively assessing world-renowned sci-tech organizations was released at the forum.


Lyu Zhaoping, executive secretary of CAST, Tan Tianwei, president of the Chinese Renewable Energy Society (CRES), academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and president of Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Wang Guoqiang, president of the Chinese Society of Chinese Medicine, Sun Xianze, president of the Chinese Pharmaceutical Association, Yu Xiancheng, president of the GNSS & LBS Association of China (GLAC), Yu Guangyan, president of the Chinese Stomatological Association, Liu Feng, president of the China Coal Society (CCS), Meng Fanrong, professor of School of Public Policy and Management at Xi'an Jiaotong University, Liu Yidong, division director and researcher of the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), among other principals, experts and heads of relevant sci-tech organizations, scholars studying sci-tech organizations and head of departments of CAST, totally over 80 people attended the forum.


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