On March 26, Prof. Xu Yanhao, vice president and executive secretary of CAST, met with the visiting delegation of Science Museum Group (SMG) headed by Mr. Ian Blatchford, director and chief executive of SMG. Members of the delegation include Ms. Helen Jones, strategy & international director of SMG, Ms. Tilly Blyth, head of collections and principal curator of Science Museum (London) and Mr. Andrew McLean, assistant director and head curator of National Railway Museum (York). The two sides discussed about promoting bilateral cooperation on science communication and STEM education through sharing experience and resources.
CAST Vice President and Executive Secretary Xu Yanhao (4th, R) met with the SMG Director and Chief Executive Ian Blatchford (4th, L) (Photo courtesy of Xu Chong, cast.org.cn)
Prof. Xu first conveyed his warm welcome to Mr. Blatchford and his delegation. He then introduced the development of science popularization in China and the commitment of CAST. As he put it, the Chinese government attached great importance to science popularization, which could be proved by the release of the Law of P.R.C on Popularization of Science and Technology, the first of its kind in the world. As the major social force to enhance public science literacy, CAST has been taking science popularization as its top priority since its foundation in 1958. At present, there are over 200 comprehensive science and technology museums in operation in China, and 138 science and technology museums or centers affiliated to CAST and its branches are open to the public for free. The volume of the resources of China Digital Science and Technology Museum has reached 10 terabyte and the daily page view of the website is about 2.9 million. Mentioning that science museums in the UK have a very strong international profile and reputation for their leading position in exhibition design, number of collections and capabilities to serve the visitors, Prof. Xu said that CAST is willing to strengthen communication with SMG and work together with SMG to promote the development of science communication and STEM education in both countries.
Mr. Blatchford expressed his admiration for China’s achievements in building a modern science and technology museum system that benefits all the people. He said that, as one of the world’s leading alliance of science museums, SMG consisted of five science and technology museums in the UK, including the prestigious Science Museum, London, and the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, etc. The group holds an international collection of objects, library and archive material relating to science, technology, medicine, transport, media, and industry. He said that SMG hoped to establish cooperative relationships with Chinese museums in the forms of special exhibition, professional expertise training, and collection sharing. He also expressed SMG’s great interest in holding a special or touring exhibition of the breakthroughs in the history of science and technology in ancient and modern China, as well as the touching stories behind them. The two sides agreed to establish partership and to jointly promote the development of science popularization venues in the two countries.
At the Invitation of Xu Yanhao (5th, L), a delegation of SMG headed by Mr. Ian Blatchford (5th, R) visits CAST (Photo courtesy of Xu Chong, cast.org.cn)
Relevant directors of the department of International Affairs of CAST, department of Science Popularization of CAST, and the China Science and Technology Museum were presented at the meeting.
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