The award ceremony of the 2018 China International Contest of Popular Science Works was held at China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing on September 16, 2018.
Huai Jinpeng, executive vice president of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Xu Yanhao, vice president of CAST, and Chen Gang, executive secretary of CAST, attended the ceremony and presented awards to winners of the contest as well as to the sponsor of the contest, the Foundation for the Development of Science and Technology Museums in China.
The officials also awarded winners of the First Contest of Exhibitions and Exhibits of Chinese Science and Technology Museums.
Yin Hao, a member of the leading Party members’ group of CAST, curator of China Science and Technology Musuem and president of the Foundation for the Development of Science and Technology Museums in China, Li Xiangyi, honorary president of Chinese Association of Natural Science Museums and winner of the 2013 UNESCO Kalinga Prize, also attended the ceremony along with other representatives of the contest’s sponsor and organizers.
CAST high-ranking officials poses a group photo with the winners of 2018 China International Contest of Popular Science Works at the award ceremony at China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing on September 16, 2018.
As part of the 2018 World Conference on Science Literacy held from September 17 to 19, the contest attracted 1,533 entries from 22 countries and regions including China, the United States, Germany, Australia, Iran and Kenya, thus becoming a successful platform for international exchanges and cooperation on the practices and experiences of science popularization.
Started in January 2018 with a four-step process of topic selection, submission of works, selection of works, and award & display, the contest concluded with 15 first-prizewinners, 45 second-prize winners and 77 third-prize winners in the three award categories of popular science exhibits, popular science articles and popular science micro-videos.
All the 137 award-winning works, including 14 from overseas, were exhibited at China Science and Technology Museum during the World Conference on Science Literacy and the 2018 National Science Day which fell on September 15.
Visitors who come to participate in the Beijing science carnival watch the robot displaying the traditional Chinese Guzheng art at China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing on September 16, 2018.
Stephan Spenling, a designer with Archimedes Exhibitions from Germany, said on behalf of the award winners that a good popular science work is a positive influence to the young generation, opening the door for them to science, igniting their enthusiasm, and making them interested in, engage in and learn more about science.
Huai emphasized Chinese President Xi Jinping’s instructions that science popularization should enjoy an equally important position as scientific and technological innovation and children should be empowered by science and technology through science popularization to realize their dreams, saying that the instructions are a guide to action for China’s science popularization effort.
He also said that science popularization toward raising public science literacy is a requirement for promoting human development and bridging the knowledge, digital and development gap across the world so that people of all countries can share in the fruits of scientific and technological advances and build a world of common prosperity, and that science popularization is also necessary for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations and building a community with a shared future for mankind.
Recognizing popular science works as an important way of popularizing science and promoting public science literacy, Huai said the quality and level of such works reflect the creative capability of a country and a nation scientifically and culturally.
Huai Jinpeng, executive vice president and chief executive secretary of CAST addresses the award ceremony of 2018 China International Contest of Popular Science Works at China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing on September 16, 2018.
Huai pledged that CAST will remain committed to developing the field of science popularization creation, and work to achieve remarkable progress by discovering and cultivating talents in the field and mobilize all sectors of society to participate in the field.
He hoped science and technology professionals and science popularization workers to produce more works that are highly scientific, thoughtful, artistic and in line with the times, and to engage more in international exchanges and cooperation and make unremitting efforts to enrich the science popularization culture of mankind.
Also attending the award ceremony were representatives of the award winners who came from 14 countries and regions as well as 260 science popularization workers from science and technology associations at all levels and museums across China.
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