Xuchen Wang and Bob Chen are scientists at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Wang is from China, and he says, “Based on my experience working in China, I realized that marine science education is so limited to a few number of people. And outreach [to] the general population about marine science – it’s just not there.”
When Chen visited China with Wang several years ago, Chen was blown away: “It was clear that science was changing at a very rapid pace. They are moving on an upward trend in science and technology. And it was something that if you don’t collaborate now, you’ll be missing a lot of opportunities.”
Chen and Wang, along with numerous Chinese and American students, professors, and government officials, worked to organize the first ever COSEE-China planning workshop. The next two episodes of Ocean Gazing are devoted to this workshop and the future of ocean science education in China.[audio:http://coseenow.net/podcast/files/2010/04/og33.mp3]
What an amazing opportunity to connect and share common concerns with people half way across the world. It would be fantastic to create COSEE Centers in several countries to open the dialogue more.