One of the meetings was with Marlene Kanga and Gong Ke, president and president-elect of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), and the other with a delegation of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) headed by its chief executive officer Rush Holt.
Huai thanked WFEO and AAAS for sending high-level delegations to the World Conference on Science Literacy and for their long, strong support to the work of CAST.
Huai stressed the important role of public science literacy in building a scientific innovation-driven country and in building a community with a shared future for mankind, and said that CAST hopes to have in-depth exchanges and cooperation with national and international science organizations around the world on think tanks development, academic affairs and science communication as it marks the 60th anniversary of its founding this year.
Speaking of the World Conference on Science Literacy as a platform for international exchanges and cooperation on public science literacy, Huai said that CAST is willing to conduct exchanges with all sectors of society to promote science communication, and work with them to better educate the public in science, enable more people to share in the fruits of scientific advances, and build a community with a shared future for mankind.
Marlene Kanga and Rush Holt congratulated Huai on the successful hosting of the conference, and said they were honored to be part of this important initiative of CAST.
The two also briefed Huai about the work priorities of WFEO and AAAS in recent years.
Kanga mainly introduced WFEO’s work in promoting public understanding of science, and its ideas and practices in facilitating mutual accreditation of engineer standards and competence as well as engineering education in a globalized world, saying WFEO is willing to strengthen cooperation with CAST in these areas as well as in long-term scientific and people-to-people exchanges.
Applauding the Chinese government’s effort to improve public science literacy in the past few decades, Holt said that what the Chinese government has done to promote science popularization and science communication provides a useful reference for the United States.
Rush also said that CAST and AAAS can strengthen cooperation in areas including busting scientific rumors and building science communication platforms in the future as they have a lot in common in these areas.
Also during the World Conference on Science Literacy, Meng Qinghai, vice president of CAST, and Wu Haiying, executive secretary of CAST, met with a delegation of Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies (CASTS) headed by its president Daniel Hanus.
CAST and CASTS renewed their cooperation agreement on the occasion.
CAST also signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation with Myanmar Engineering Council (MEC) when Shu Wei, executive secretary of CAST, met with MEC’s president Charlie Than on the sidelines of the conference.
Shu Wei also met with Sergei Drukarenko, the first vice president of the Union of Scientific and Engineering Associations and secretary-general of Russian Union of Scientific and Engineering Associations, during the conference.
The two discussed cooperation in engineering technologies and within international organizations.
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