Executive vice president of CAST Huai Jinpeng attended the meeting.
The event featured a number of leading international figures, including academician of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (RSAS) Chen Deliang, professor of the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) of the University of Oslo Nils Chr. Stenseth, former president of the University of Helsinki (UH) Kari Raivio, former presidential advisor of Iceland Dagfinnur Sveinbjoernsson and director of the China Society on Tibetan Plateau Yao Tandong.
Huai met with participating experts before the meeting, thanking them for their support and help to CAST in its work to deepen scientific and technological exchanges between China and the Nordic countries.
Pictured from R 5th, Huai Jinpeng, executive vice president of CAST meets with participating experts before the CAST China-Northern Europe Roundtable opens on July 13, 2018. (Photo / Zou Bingyang)
Participants of the CAST China-Northern Europe Roundtable pose for a photo on July 13, 2018. (Photo / Zou Bingyang)
Huai briefly introduced to the participants the work priorities of CAST and the association’s visit to Norway and Sweden this June, especially its achievements in scientific and technological consultation and the development of think tanks.
“The world today faces many major challenges which the international science and technology community need to discuss, study and address,” said Huai.
The CAST China-Northern Europe Roundtable opens on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Photo / Zou Bingyang)
As an important part of CAST’s effort to develop think tanks, the roundtable was attended by top experts in China and the Nordic countries, and its results will be used for reference by relevant government departments.
The event consisted of three sections: Science and Technology, Science Advisory System and Science for Policy.
Chen Deliang, Lv Yonglong and Nils Chr. Stenseth made opening speeches entitled “Introduction to the Roundtable and Theme1”, “Science in Decision Making in China——The Role of Chinese Academy of Sciences” and “Science for Science and Science for Policy” respectively at each section.
Participants discussed such major issues as the role of science and technology in society, how to improve the science advisory system so that it better serves public policy making, and how to provide inter-disciplinary and problem-oriented scientific suggestions to policy-makers.
Additionally, they discussed part of the English translation of the 60 Unsolved Big Problems in Science and Technology (also known as the “60 Big” Program) that CAST released in 2018.
To end the roundtable, participants recapitulated the consensus they had reached, including attaching more importance to the development of clusters of disciplines and interdisciplines, pooling the resources of the scientific community and media together to form a better channel for contributing suggestions, and improving and promoting roundtables for international scientific and technological exchanges.
Others in attendance included CAST officials in charge of its Department of International Affairs, Department of Research and Publicity, and Department of Academic and Societies Affairs, National Academy of Innovation Strategy (NAIS) and China Center for International Science and Technology Exchange.
Journalists from Xinhua news agency, Guangming Daily, Science and Technology Daily, China Science Daily and China Youth Daily were present to cover the event.
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