Kalinga Prize laureate

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Xiangyi LI

In recognition of his work to popularize science through his work in science education and the development of the first science and technology museum in China

 Born in China, Professor Xiangyi LI is a professor and popular science expert. He was entitled the Advanced Worker by the National Science Popularization Congress and by the Science and Technology Association in Beijing, as well as the Annual Popular Science Advanced Individual in 2002 and 2010. In 2004, he was rated as "science popularization top ten public figures" by Science Times. In December 2010, he was awarded the Lifetime Honorary Award by China's Natural Science Museum Association. In May, 2012, he was awarded the prize of Person of the Year of Science Communication by the China Science and Technology Week.

Professor Li embarked on creating Chinese science and technology museum work from the beginning of the 1980's. He was one of the main founders and Director of the China Science and Technology Museum. It was the first time in China to introduce the idea of science center education. He is known for his pioneering work on creating museums based on the model of science center concepts. He was also President of Science Popularization Department in the China Association for Science and Technology and is currently the Honorary President of China Association of Natural Science Museums, Adviser to Science Popularization Task of Beijing Municipal Government, Executive Deputy Director of the Research Center of Science Communication and Education, Beijing Normal University, and adjunct Professor of Peking University and Beijing Normal University.

As a science popularization expert, he has given over hundred reports and talks about science popularization, science education and innovative development of science and technology museum all over China, and has become a renowned science communicator. He has actively explored and promoted innovative works of science popularization venues, base, community and the construction of science popularization talent team. Prof. Li is also active on the international museums’ stage. He was one of the main founders of the Museum Science and Technology Alliance in Asia-Pacific region (ASPAC) and one of the eight initiators of the first World Conference of Science Centres. In 2004 he was elected to be on the Executive Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).


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