A science communication forum, themed "Science, Future, Choices of Scientists", was held in Beijing on September 17 during the World Conference on Science Literacy that concluded on September 19, 2018.
As an important part of the three-day conference, the science communication forum dealt with topics highly relevant to the conference theme of "Promoting Public Science Literacy and Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind," with a view to making science more intelligible to the public, promoting public science literacy, and contributing to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
Eight renowned scientists, including Nobel laureates, were invited to deliver speeches at the forum.
Huai Jinpeng, executive vice president of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), moderates the Science Communication Forum on September 17, 2018 during the World Conference on Science Literacy.
They were J. Fraser Stoddart, professor of Northwestern University and winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; Duncan Haldane, professor of Princeton University and winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, Ian Wilmut, chair of the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the University of Edinburg and winner of the 2002 Ernst Schering Prize; Eric Maskin, professor of Harvard University and winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics, Shuji Nakamura, professor of the College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and winner of 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics; Konstantin Novoselov, professor of the University of Manchester and winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics; Zhou Zhonghe, a research fellow of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and an academician of CAS; Chu Junhao, a research fellow of CAS’s Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (SITP) of the CAS and an academician of CAS.
Speaking from various perspectives including the history of science, the most recent technologies of scientific research, science and education, science and society, and the social responsibility of scientists, the eight scientists told about their rich experiences in scientific research, innovative ideas and explorations, explored how the choices of scientists can affect scientific development and the future of mankind, and shared their wisdom on and insights into scientific knowledge, spirit, thoughts and methods.
J. Fraser Stoddart made a comparative analysis of value-added research and transformative research, and pointed out the kind of talent, funding, teamwork and environment needed to make scientific research-led innovation.
Duncan Haldane, based on his scientific research and personal growing-up experience, explained the importance of active guidance from mentors in arousing students’ enthusiasm in science, prompting them to find science problems and encouraging them to pursue science, by comparing science to music.
Ian Wilmut illustrated that cloning technology has enabled human beings to modify cells by talking about the science and experience behind the birth of cloned sheep Dolly.
Eric Maskin, taking Italy’s pharmaceutical industry as an example, analyzed how traditional patent protection theories lost effect in the industry from the perspective of economics, and discussed the impact of patent protection on the innovation of sequential and complementary industries.
Shuji Nakamura, by analyzing the efficacy of the LED technology in reducing environmental pollution, emphasized the contribution of scientific and technological advances to the building of a clean and beautiful earth and the promotion of common good of human society.
Konstantin Novoselov recalled the historical course of materials driving social development, introduced the key materials used in aerospace, construction engineering, and electronics in modern society, and expressed his belief that the diverse choices of materials in the future will bring new opportunities for technological innovation.
Zhou Zhonghe spoke about the social responsibility of scientists in a time of rapid scientific development by discussing the birth of the scientific community and the challenges facing the community.
Chu Junhao shed light on the development trends of a variety of spheres in the intelligent age such as artificial intelligence, modern sensor technologies, medical research and quantum communication technologies, and discussed the scientific spirit scientists should carry on as well as the importance of active involvement of scientists in social development.
The scientists also had a lively interaction with the forum’s audience who asked questions based on the scientists’ speeches and their personal experiences.
Academician Huai Jinpeng of CAS, also executive vice president of China Association for Science and Technology, moderated the forum.
Vice president of CAST Meng Qinghai and three of the executive secretaries of CAST Chen Gang, Xiang Changle and Song Jun also attended the forum together with officials in charge of relevant CAST agencies.
In addition to the science communication forum, the World Conference on Science Literacy, intended to advance the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, had another about 50 programs.
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