Science communication plays a vital role in creating awareness among the general public about science. It is influential in bringing the work of scientists from the lab to the limelight.
The work of Popularizing Science is important in bridging the gap between the language of the common person and scientist’s resultant in public opinion which safeguards the making of appropriate government policies advantageous to the development of science in the country.
A three-day seminar on China-Pakistan Science Communication was organized by Hangzhou Low Carbon Science and Technology Museum, China under directions of Department of International Affairs of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) at Hangzhou China.
Speakers from various science and technology organization of China and Pakistan attended the seminar. SciTech Media, Technology Times and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) represented Pakistan. Whereas, Chinese Association of Sciences and Technology (CAST), Zhejiang Association of Science and Technology (ZAST), China Research Institute of Science Popularization (CRISP), Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU), and several other representatives from academia, industry and media organizations represented China.
Wang Zhongming Vice President of ZAST while talking to audience said that, “the event will be committed to building a China- Pakistan cooperation mechanism for Science Popularization promoting the “ China –Pakistan Economic Corridor”, and having talks and discussions on some top concerns such as science popularization planning, Science Communication innovation and the integration of science, technology and culture”.
Speaking at the seminar Sayyed Paras Ali President SciTech Media and Editor Technology Times told that “without having clear understanding of science, it is impossible for general public to engage in meaningful thought, debate, or actions regarding some of the most pressing, controversial, and consequential matters which are facing our society”.
He further stated that “using science and technology to promote economic and social development should be an international consensus”.
Sayyed Paras Ali presented the concept of China-Pakistan Network on Science Popularization (CPNSP). This Network will work on learning and deploying Science Popularization between China and Pakistan.
Wang Guangnian, Director of Science Popularization Department, ZAST mentioned that this seminar will be a driven force to friendly and mutually supportive relations between China and Pakistan, and make common progress on the way of promoting popular science for all.
Purpose behind this seminar is to enhance the mutual cooperation and communication, share experience on Science Communication, and advance the scientific literacy of people of both countries.
The six member delegation from Pakistan include: Dr. Ata Ur Rahman, Counselor (Scientific & Technical Affairs), Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Beijing; Dr Mirza Habib Ali, Director of Research Support, Pakistan Science Foundation; Sayyed Paras Ali, President of SciTech Media; Hina Rasheed Baloch, Kamran Amin, and Abdul Aleem Baig from Technology Times attended the seminar.
The seminar was co-organized by the China Centre for International Science and Technology Exchange, Zhejiang Association for Science and Technology (ZAST), the Science and Technology Department of Zhejiang Province, and Hangzhou Association for Science and Technology (HAST), under the guidance of the International Liaison Department of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).