11th Symposium of Chinese Science Museums
China Science and Technology Museum, Beijing, China
19 April 2019
Science & Technology Collections – Collection, Research, and Communication
The 11th Symposium of Chinese Science Museums “Science & Technology Collections – Collection, Research, and Communication” is hosted by China Association for Science and Technology – Research Center of Science Communication and Popularization (CAST-RCSCP) of Tsinghua University, China Science and Technology Museum (CSTM), and Journal of Natural Science Museum Research, and supported by Chinese Museums Association (CMA), Chinese Association of Natural Science Museums (CANSM), Scientific Instrument Commission (SIC).
A wide range of topics will be covered, but not limited to, the following areas:
- Science & Technology Collections in Science Museums: Significance, Value and Function
What is the role of collections in science museums in the digital/new media/Internet age? Science museums usually held collections, while science centers did not accumulate or study collections. We will invite experts to share their studies on current situation, problems and reasons referring to collections in Chinese science museums.
- Collecting Contemporary Science and Technology
For collecting contemporary science and technology, which is different from the much older science and technology, the questions range from how to identify what to collect, how to collect the objects and documents, how to preserve what is being collected to what to do with what is being collected.
- Communication through Science & Technology Collections: Objectives, Content and Strategy
How to transform collections into exhibits/digital/ cultural and creative products? How to explore the relationship between collections and science education?
Each topic will have a 120-minute time slot for 3-5 speakers. A 30-minute panel discussion will be featured at the end of each topic. We look forward to discussing these timely topics with professionals from science museums, universities, research institutions, as well as the industry of science popularization. The symposium will be in Chinese, and simultaneous interpretation is only provided while international speakers make their presentations.
The day commences at 8:30 am, finishing by 6:00 pm. Registration will be required. There will be no registration fees charged. Furthermore, lunch during the symposium will be arranged by the secretariat of the symposium.
Additional Information of Morning Session
The seminar will focus on the topic “Collecting Contemporary Science and Technology”. Today, in science museums, universities and national research institutions around the world, collecting contemporary science and technology is a much discussed topic. The questions range from how to identify what to collect, how to collect the objects and documents, how to preserve what is being collected to what to do with what is being collected. It is recognized by all that collecting contemporary (defined here as post 1960) science and technology requires an approach different from that of collecting much older science and technology.
Dr. Richard Kremer, President of the Scientific Instrument Commission.
Mr. Gabriel Bevilacqua, Vice-Chair of ICOM CIDOC.
Mr. Claude Faubert, Coordinator of the ICOM-ITC.
Please feel free to contact Ms. Bai Ting from the secretariat of CSTM for more detailed information about the symposium.
Announcement in Chinese