In the social context of implementing 'The Outline of National Action Plan for Scientific Literacy of All Chinese Citizens', Chinese scientific researchers, as the outstanding group in science & technology, should take the responsibility of promoting the science popularization and improving the public's scientific literacy. Currently, they actively attend the small‐scale science community workshops; while only a small proportion of them join in the science popularization activities. It is suggested that it would enhance the effect of science popularization and promote the advancement of society greatly if scientific researchers are well organized to take part in the science popularization activities. The scientific researchers have some advantages by themselves, such as the well‐informed knowledge, deep insight, awareness of the break news in science and technology; therefore, they could transmit the authorized information to the public efficiently. On the other hand, it is a dialogue between scientific researchers and the public. Participation in the science popularization builds a communication platform, and forms a benign circle: the public understand and support science, and scientific researchers understand the public and society. In order to promote the role of Chinese scientific researchers in science popularization activities, some efforts in policy and methods need to be made. Scientific researchers should adjust their consciousness: science popularization is more than a non‐ profit affair. Some national ministries could carry out action to promote it, such as setting an evaluation indicator that embodies scientific researchers' devotions to the public affairs. In addition, our special organizations in science popularization should provide good services to scientific researchers, and make them be familiar with the feature of science popularization, supply some help to the good combination of science research and science popularization. The experiences from other scope's science popularization demonstrate that cooperation makes perfect.

Key Words: science popularization; scientific researchers

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Promoting the role of Chinese scientific researchers in science popularization activities

Junping Hu   China Research Institute for Science Popularization

In the social context of implementing 'The Outline of National Action Plan for Scientific Literacy of All Chinese Citizens', Chinese scientific researchers, as the outstanding group in science & technology, should take the responsibility of promoting the science popularization and improving the public's scientific literacy. Currently, they actively attend the small‐scale science community workshops; while only a small proportion of them join in the science popularization activities. It is suggested that it would enhance the effect of science popularization and promote the advancement of society greatly if scientific researchers are well organized to take part in the science popularization activities. The scientific researchers have some advantages by themselves, such as the well‐informed knowledge, deep insight, awareness of the break news in science and technology; therefore, they could transmit the authorized information to the public efficiently. On the other hand, it is a dialogue between scientific researchers and the public. Participation in the science popularization builds a communication platform, and forms a benign circle: the public understand and support science, and scientific researchers understand the public and society. In order to promote the role of Chinese scientific researchers in science popularization activities, some efforts in policy and methods need to be made. Scientific researchers should adjust their consciousness: science popularization is more than a non‐ profit affair. Some national ministries could carry out action to promote it, such as setting an evaluation indicator that embodies scientific researchers' devotions to the public affairs. In addition, our special organizations in science popularization should provide good services to scientific researchers, and make them be familiar with the feature of science popularization, supply some help to the good combination of science research and science popularization. The experiences from other scope's science popularization demonstrate that cooperation makes perfect.

Key Words: science popularization; scientific researchers

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