The Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and its associated societies hosted an international webinar on global development and governance in science and technology on 30th May 2020, the 4th National Science and Technology Workers’ Day.
This Day celebrates the contributions of science and technology workers and acknowledges the knowledge, talents and innovation made by them. Over the past three years, the event has inspired over 91 million Chinese science and technology workers to be actively involved in advancing development of science, technology and innovation.
Speakers were invited from around to exchange their views. Welcome remarks were made by :
- LIANG Xiaofeng, Vice President and Secretary-General of Chinese Preventative Medicine Association
- LIU Zhijia, Beijing People’s Broadcasting Station.
Opening remarks were made by:
- Huai Jinpeng, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Secretary of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST); Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Mohamed H.A. Hassan, President, The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (online)
- Margaret Chan, Honorary Director-General of World Health Organisation (online)
- Walter Ricciardi, President Elect of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (online)
Global experts made a range of presentations:
- Xue Lan, Director, China Institute for Science and Technology Policy at Tsinghua University on The Impact of COVID-19 Epidemic on Global Scientific and Technological Innovation and Governance (on site)
- Wang Chen, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Vice President, Chinese Academy of Engineering; President, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College on Fangcang Shelter Hospitals: a novel concept for responding to public health emergencies (online)
- Marlene Kanga, Past President of WFEO (World Federation of Engineering Organizations) on Promoting Global Governance for Science and Technology Development (online)
- Atsushi Sunami, President, Executive Director, Ocean Policy Research Institute, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Director, Executive Advisor to the President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, JAPAN, on Strengthen cooperation between Japan and China, promote the development of science and global health (online)
Discussions focused on progress in international science and technology cooperation in responding to major risks and challenges especially to COVID19 and the role of science and technology governance in contributing to the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Discussants and panelists included:
- Bettina Borisch, Executive Director of World Federation of Public Health Associations; Professor, Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva (online)
- John Nkengasong, Director, Africa CDC (online)
- Tewabech Bishaw, Secretary General, Secretariat of the African Federation of Public Health Associations (online)
- Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the School of Public Health, National University of Singapore (online)
- Luis Eugenio de Souza, Professor, Brazilian Association of Collective Health; Federal University of Bahia (online)
- Mitsuo Isono, Senior Advisor (health sector), Japan International Cooperation Agency (online)
- Wang Jianwei, Vice President of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Peking Union Medical College (on site)
- Dong Xiaoping, Director, The Center for Global Public Health, China CDC (on site)
- Wang Xiaochun, Researcher, The Center for Global Public Health, China CDC (online)
- Yang Xiaoming, Chairman, China National BIOTEC Group Company Limited
The event was very successful in building global consensus in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and providing a way forward for global cooperation in science and technology with good governance.