583   Insight talk

Empirical Analysis of the Leading Scientists in China Conducting Science Communication

Author: Yang Liu
Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Science and China Lecture Tour by Academicians and Experts is a high-level and non-profit science communication activity, initiated by the Academic Divisions of Chinese Academy of Sciences and jointly sponsored by Chinese Academy of Sciences (China's equivalent of National Academy of Sciences in the USA, or the Royal Society in the UK), Publicity Department, CCCPC, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Engineering and China Association for Science and Technology. Since its official launch in 2002, more than 1800 lectures have been delivered by the end of 2018. Science and China features activities conducting science communication in China, including Lectures on Local and Social Themes, Scientific Thinking & Decision, Primary and Secondary Students and Academicians Face-to-Face Communications, Lecture Tour by Academicians and Experts, etc. Based on the database from 2002 to 2018 of Science and China Lecture Tour by Academicians and Experts, this study aims to systematically summarize the characteristics of the science communication conducted by the academicians and experts as the leading scientists in China, with empirical analysis methods adopted, such as descriptive statistics and subject word analysis. The inherent laws and the development trend of the Lecture Tour are explored to figure out the main characteristics as well as the existing problems of the science communication by the academicians and experts, thus putting forward reasonable policy suggestions to help better conduct science communication activities in China.

Key words: leading scientists in China, science communication, policy suggestions

Co-author: Yuqiang Liu
North University of China, China

Co-author: Jianzhong Zhou
Institutes of Science and Development, CAS, China

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