There are many ways of the study on policies in terms of science and technology. Some argue the importance of policies, some point to the process of policy making and the lack of reason in bringing out sound policies, and still some make brief introductions to the available ones (most of the time they lay there for the ‘snookers’to approach by themselves). Many countries have produced kinds of policies in the field of science communication but it is rarely seen up till now detailed analyses of them that may help people beyond the boundaries to well understand what they are, which is absolutely an inconvenience for the colleagues in the circle to get understood each other. Policies are decisions of decision makers. They are important because they represent the will and intention of the power, they try to secure the course of the enterprise in their countries with sort of carrot and stick, and once they are put into effect they might change that part of the world. For these reasons, the paper tends to try lifting the veil to look into this piece of appealing domain, by introducing, also briefly, to the Outline of the National Scheme for Scientific Literacy, a very important national policy on the state level now governing the practices in the field of science communication in China. This short presentation will be divided into three parts: (1) The background and the formulation of the policy. There are also two peeping pipes to look into the issue. For background part, we can see the need to produce such a policy is both of domestic pull and exterior push. The policy was enacted in 2006. It was a time when China was running fast in managing its economic and social progress. High quality citizens are needed. Beside that, the idea of produce such an ambitious scheme was also encouraged by the USA 2061 project and some else. For formulation part, the process of producing the policy was carefully designed starting with small group studies of a dozen of focused topics bonded in a package. Rounds of rounds consultative discussions and seminars were organized.The working pattern reflects the influence of the current global practice. (2) The structure of the policy. Goals are set in phases. The guiding principle is clear while demonstrating Chinese value and understanding of the thing that is called science popularization, or science communication, whatever. Target citizens are divided into four groups: farmers, working population in urban areas, youngsters as well as leaders and public servants. In securing the effect, four projects are fixed up in priority. (3) The effect of the policy. Four years have passed since the announcement of the Scheme. Efforts invested began to yield fruits. Science-based governmental organizations are requested to engage themselves in coordination, social sectors are mobilized, scholars are encouraged and social resources are integrated in various forms. China never sees an action in such a magnificent scale. Yet there are still some areas are left in the dark. Measures will be taken in the next five year plan.

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A national policy on science popularization of tremendous weight

Shunke Shi   China Research Institute for Science Popularization

Fujun Ren  

There are many ways of the study on policies in terms of science and technology. Some argue the importance of policies, some point to the process of policy making and the lack of reason in bringing out sound policies, and still some make brief introductions to the available ones (most of the time they lay there for the ‘snookers’to approach by themselves). Many countries have produced kinds of policies in the field of science communication but it is rarely seen up till now detailed analyses of them that may help people beyond the boundaries to well understand what they are, which is absolutely an inconvenience for the colleagues in the circle to get understood each other. Policies are decisions of decision makers. They are important because they represent the will and intention of the power, they try to secure the course of the enterprise in their countries with sort of carrot and stick, and once they are put into effect they might change that part of the world. For these reasons, the paper tends to try lifting the veil to look into this piece of appealing domain, by introducing, also briefly, to the Outline of the National Scheme for Scientific Literacy, a very important national policy on the state level now governing the practices in the field of science communication in China. This short presentation will be divided into three parts: (1) The background and the formulation of the policy. There are also two peeping pipes to look into the issue. For background part, we can see the need to produce such a policy is both of domestic pull and exterior push. The policy was enacted in 2006. It was a time when China was running fast in managing its economic and social progress. High quality citizens are needed. Beside that, the idea of produce such an ambitious scheme was also encouraged by the USA 2061 project and some else. For formulation part, the process of producing the policy was carefully designed starting with small group studies of a dozen of focused topics bonded in a package. Rounds of rounds consultative discussions and seminars were organized.The working pattern reflects the influence of the current global practice. (2) The structure of the policy. Goals are set in phases. The guiding principle is clear while demonstrating Chinese value and understanding of the thing that is called science popularization, or science communication, whatever. Target citizens are divided into four groups: farmers, working population in urban areas, youngsters as well as leaders and public servants. In securing the effect, four projects are fixed up in priority. (3) The effect of the policy. Four years have passed since the announcement of the Scheme. Efforts invested began to yield fruits. Science-based governmental organizations are requested to engage themselves in coordination, social sectors are mobilized, scholars are encouraged and social resources are integrated in various forms. China never sees an action in such a magnificent scale. Yet there are still some areas are left in the dark. Measures will be taken in the next five year plan.

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