China to mark National Science Popularization Day

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China will mark this year's National Science Popularization Day with a wide range of activities nationwide from Sept. 19 - 25, as announced at a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

The theme of this year's celebration is "Securing a Decisive Victory in Building a Moderately Prosperous Society in All Respects and Promoting Public Good with Science and Technology."

All provincial regions nationwide will invite the public to take part in locally tailored science communication activities.

In Beijing, the center stage for the national celebration, activities will include a science carnival and other special activities.

Another highlight of this year's event will include joint science-related events held by various institutions, such as scientific organizations, schools and universities, enterprises, and research institutes.

With a focus on science popularization to enhance public science literacy, this year's celebration will also include activities to promote technological innovation and encourage the application of said innovation in advancing China's modernization drive. 

This year also puts increased emphasis on communicating science in cases of emergencies to the public, an area of science popularization that has been made all the more important with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

To enhance public participation in activities while minimizing epidemic risks, the organizers have taken many of the activities online.

A specialized website has been launched to present the activities organized by different localities and sectors of society. So far over 14,500 activities have become available on the website, including livestreamed events, science popularization videos, a knowledge contest, virtual tours of celebrated science venues, and online science popularization classes.

Tuesday's press conference also saw the release of a thematic song to inspire public interest in science and communicating science.

The Chinese government has marked National Science Popularization Day on the third week of September since 2004 to enhance public science literacy.

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