Strengthening Science Popularisation: China-South Africa collaboration

Strengthening Science Popularisation: China-South Africa collaboration

In a significant step towards fostering international cooperation in science popularisation, a meeting was held between representatives from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of South Africa and NRF-SAASTA. Led by Shen Long, Minister Counselor for Science and Technology, and Li Yan, First Secretary for Science and Technology, the Chinese delegation engaged in discussions with NRF-SAASTA, headed by Managing Director Dr Mamoeletsi Mosia. The focal point of the meeting was the standardisation of science popularisation in South Africa, with particular emphasis on the science centre network and accreditation process outlined in the Framework for the Promotion of Excellence in a National Network of Science Centres.

The meeting served as a platform for both parties to exchange ideas, share best practices, and explore avenues for collaboration in the advancement of science communication, awareness and education. In recognition of the importance of science popularisation in the promotion of the public understanding of science and fostering scientific literacy, the delegates delved into the intricacies of establishing a robust science centre network in South Africa.

Throughout the meeting, both parties expressed a shared commitment to the advancement of science popularisation and fostering international collaboration in this domain. The exchange of ideas and experiences served to strengthen mutual understanding and laid the groundwork for future partnerships. The delegates also explored possibilities for joint projects, staff exchanges, and collaborative programs aimed at the promotion of science literacy and innovation.

As the meeting drew to a close, Shen Long, on behalf of the Chinese delegation, expressed optimism with regard to the prospects of collaboration between the two countries. He underscored the importance of leveraging each other’s strengths and resources to address common challenges and seize opportunities for mutual benefit. Dr Mamoeletsi Mosia reciprocated the sentiment and highlighted the significance of international cooperation in the advancement science communication, awareness and education for the betterment of society.

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