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In Au­gust 2018, the TV pro­gramme Mengx­i­ang youduoyuan ( How Far Dreams Can Go) was aired. It was jointly de­vel­oped by the Bei­jing As­so­ci­a­tion for Science and Tech­nol­ogy and China Ed­u­ca­tion Tele­vi­sion. The pro­gramme has be­come a high­light of stu­dents’ sum­mer va­ca­tions. Peo­ple have com­mented that it pro­vides “in­ter­est­ing in­for­ma­tion about sci­en­tists,” and the show has re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back.

Xi Jin­ping, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, stated at the 2018 Con­fer­ence of Aca­demi­cians, that, “To be a sci­en­tist is the dream of nu­mer­ous Chi­nese chil­dren. We should make science and tech­nol­ogy at­trac­tive and work in these ar­eas should be ca­reers that chil­dren as­pire to. We will give science wings to chil­dren. China’s science and tech­nol­ogy fields will be full of tal­ent in the fu­ture and there will be shin­ing stars in the vast science galaxy.” How Far Dreams Can Go fo­cuses on ex­plor­ing im­por­tant mo­ments in the lives and re­search of sci­en­tists and de­picts their paths in life. The pro­gramme has aroused stu­dents’ in­ter­est in science and tech­nol­ogy and their as­pi­ra­tion to pur­sue these en­deav­ours.

Sun Baoguo, vice pres­i­dent of the Bei­jing As­so­ci­a­tion for Science and Tech­nol­ogy and aca­demi­cian of the Chi­nese Academy of Engi­neer­ing, par­tic­i­pated in the pro­duc­tion of the pro­gramme, and 20 sci­en­tists from the life sciences and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence fields served as guests. Sun said, “We should present science and tech­nol­ogy in a pos­i­tive light and present work in these ar­eas as ideal ca­reers for them.”

Af­ter the pro­gramme aired, peo­ple left Weibo (a Chi­nese mi­croblog­ging plat­form sim­i­lar to Twit­ter) mes­sages fol­low­ing the “I speak for sci­en­tists” theme. Many of the peo­ple who posted em­pha­sised their child­hood dreams and their cur­rent oc­cu­pa­tion. One mes­sage stated: “The mis­sion of sci­en­tists is not only to change the world, but they should also help young peo­ple nav­i­gate their dreams.”

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