Natural History Museum concludes Biodiversity Month with a science fair

2021-11-03

Shanghai's biological resources were on display at a science fair held at the Shanghai Natural History Museum, marking the end of the museum's global biodiversity conservation and protection month.

Natural History Museum concludes Biodiversity Month with a science fair

A boy observes an earthworm

Natural History Museum concludes Biodiversity Month with a science fair

Shanghai's native species on display

The fair, held last week, featured 14 booths and 28 experts on a wide range of creatures, such as birds, insects, fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and plants, to promote knowledge of biodiversity in Shanghai.

Zhang Wei, a researcher at the museum, introduced the habitats of amphibians in the city by giving examples of frogs, including the striped tree frog, a species that used to live in Shanghai but now is rarely seen.

Zhang's colleague Li Shan explained the competition between native and invasive species.

There are two ways for invasive species to influence the native ecology, she said. For example, fierce green sunfish hunt other fish in streams and have a direct influence on local ecology. Bluegills are prolific breeders, which squeezes local species out. It's a kind of indirect influence.

Natural History Museum concludes Biodiversity Month with a science fair

Fungi

Natural History Museum concludes Biodiversity Month with a science fair

Science Class

Additionally, professionals from ecological conservation volunteer organizations, such as the Forest City Studio, discussed measures to further promote ecological sustainability for wildlife and plants, such as preserving the last species of agave in Shanghai and building a platform to popularize ecologically sustainable practices.

Themed Exploring Biodiversity around Us, the environmental protection month has attracted over 13 scientific institutions and 30 experts to offer lectures and interactive activities about opportunities and threats faced by the plants and animals of Shanghai.

It is one of the latest efforts by the city's science museum to promote scientific education.

Recently, the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum held a seminar to discuss building a think tank to promote scientific education.

Wang Xiaoming, director of the museum, said the museum will work with East China Normal University to pool resources and build a top-notch think tank.

Natural History Museum concludes Biodiversity Month with a science fair

Experts discuss about building a think tank to promote science education

Qian Xuhong, president of the university, said: Science education needs further logical and skills-based advancement. This is not only helpful for research but will apply to other disciplines too.

Wang Pinxian, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said: The popularization of science education can't be achieved through imitative learning,

He added, Science is like a culture; technological innovation is inseparable from its background scientific context. Popularizing scientific education must be achieved through bridging science and culture.


Source: SHINE

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华东师范大学
East China Normal University