Organized by the Center for the Advancement of Science at GASA University and led by President Chu Wen, more than 20 delegation visited the School of Astronomy and Space Science at Nanjing University on March 12, 2021.
In the evening, Ms. Qiuhui He firstly introduced a general background knowledge and recent hot topics to the delegation, and then Prof. Xiangdong Li delivered a wonderful speech about astronomy and education. With the words from the famous astronomer Carl Sagan “In the vastness of space and the immensity of time, it is my joy to share a planet and an epoch with you.” Prof. Li expressed his sincere welcome to all participants. In his talk, he not only guided the audience into the mysterious world of astronomy, but also demonstrated the development and prospects of astronomy education in China and in Nanjing University. After the presentation, Mr. Lilin Sun, the founder and CEO of Matrix Yuan, presided a free dialogue with Prof. Li. Is astronomy a useless science? What's the point of “looking up at the stars”? What’s the relationship between astronomy and general education? What’s the essence of high education reform? Such topics aroused the interests and resonances of all audience, they warmly exchanged viewpoints with each other, kindling the sparks of pondering.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. As a first-class discipline in a first-class university, the School of Astronomy and Space Science always underscores the significance of social service, committed to pushing forward traditional culture and strengthening scientific popularization. This “GASA Night Talk” acts as a new exploration and a successful practice of social service.