10:00-10:30 Youth STEM Education

Pei Zhang, Executive Director of US-China Science and Technology Education Promotion Association

Wenxuan Ma international exchange department of Beijing Development Center of Popular Science

As a public-oriented large social science popularizing and transmission event launched by Beijing Association for Science and Technology, Beijing Science Festival is an important part of the home activities in Beijing on National Science Popularization Day. It has been held successively for 6 times since 2011, in every September. It contains diverse subjects such as aerospace, geoscience, bioscience, energy & environmental protection, information technology as well as innovation and creativeness, displayed in combination with social issues with public concern.

Beijing International Science Festival Roundtable Conference is an important annual activity held during Beijing Science Festival to invite science festival organizing committees of various countries and regions as well as relevant organizations enthusiastic about contributing to science communication for fellowship.

Culture and science reflect the key essence of human civilization, which are supported and inspired by each other.

Chinese civilization, rooted from profound history, has provided the global civilization with great contributions, which is expressed not only in the field of culture, but also in that of science, and further more embodied in the combination of both. Paper-making, Printing, Gunpowder and Compass, known as the Four Great Inventions in the Chinese history, are all closely related to the evolution of Chinese culture.

In present China, culture and science develop synchronously in mutual combination and interaction. From the great success of Beijing Olympic Games, to the constant involvement of new media into people’s daily lives, science is becoming the driving force of development of culture, and the later is constantly extending the new space for the former, so as to stimulate new ways of living and thinking, and new forms of industries as well, which are integrated with one another.

It can also be prospected that the China-South Africa cooperation on the combination of culture and science shows even broader potential.

As a public-oriented large social science popularizing and transmission event launched by Beijing Association for Science and Technology, Beijing Science Festival is an important part of the home activities in Beijing on National Science Popularization Day. It has been held successively for 6 times since 2011, in every September. It contains diverse subjects such as aerospace, geoscience, bioscience, energy & environmental protection, information technology as well as innovation and creativeness, displayed in combination with social issues with public concern.

Beijing International Science Festival Roundtable Conference is an important annual activity held during Beijing Science Festival to invite science festival organizing committees of various countries and regions as well as relevant organizations enthusiastic about contributing to science communication for fellowship.

Wenxuan Ma international exchange department of Beijing Development Center of Popular Science

Wenxuan Ma is the director of international exchange department of Beijing Development Center of Popular Science. He contributes to plan and organize the science communication related exhibitions, conduct science communication international exchange and build science communication talents cultivation system. He has lead several projects successfully, such as 2015 National Science Communication Day Beijing station, Beijing International Science Festival Roundtable Conference, Science Communication Supermarket, Improvement Plan for Science Communication Workers of Primary Level, International Science Communication Method Seminar, 3-minute Science Show and so on.

Pei Zhang, Executive Director of US-China Science and Technology Education Promotion Association

Pei Zhang is the Executive Director of US-China Science and Technology Education Promotion Association (USCSTEPA), which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization registered in Massachusetts and is headquartered in Boston. USCSTEPA is an international educational program dedicated to inspiring children to become aware of, and literate in, STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). The organization are committed to bringing best science and technology teaching resources to china, promoting international exchange activities and cooperation among top schools in the US and China, as well as cultivating student appreciation of globalization, and developing the workforce talents needed for 21st Century Skills.