The "Embracing the Boundless Universe" International Astronomy Conference organized by the Shanghai Astronomy Museum, in partnership with the Word Laureates Association (WLA) – concluded on July 17, 2021. It involved Nobel laureates, astronomy scientists, and science industry insiders from world-renowned observatories and programs, including FAST and Insight. Some of the critical objectives of the conference were discussing frontier topics, international collaboration, and new ideas of dissemination of scientific knowledge and findings.
Group Photo (with Shuhua YE, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the center of the front row)
Amidst the keynote speeches and panel sectors, which brings together a wider variety of astronomy educators and outreach enthusiasts at all levels, the conference is a step toward boosting and drawing public attention towards the universe and making a joint effort for science development.
"The earth is home to humans, but understanding the earth or solar system is not the only goal. We are all eager to know more about the infinite universe and hope that more people will join in the expedition," emphasized Zhiqiang SHEN, Director of Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, by sharing about the image of a black hole.
"What the FAST can do in the future represents our ambition and determination to explore the universe," Di LI, Chief Scientist of FAST, showed his expectations for the Museum and FAST.
"Today, we have FAST, Wukong, HXMT ...which I think are China's contribution to human civilization," agreed Shuangnan ZHANG, Director of the Particle Astrophysics Research Center, Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP).
"What we have learned is that the planets have way more diversity than we thought," Didier Queloz, 2019 Nobel laureate in Physics, explained about amazing discoveries of planetary diversity as the keynote speaker of the conference.
"It's a remarkable fact that the universe expands around us. And by observing the galaxies appearing to move away from us, we can measure how fast the universe is expanding. Measuring the expansion rate of the universe today tells us not only how fast it's expanding, but also approximately how old the universe is," Adam Riess, 2011 Nobel laureate in Physics, shared a speech about the expansion of the universe.
"The nature of dark matter is a major frontier problem facing modern science. It's very likely to bring a new round of scientific revolution. Indirect space detection is significant in dark matter detection," said Jin CHANG, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Director of National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), as a speaker of the detection of dark matter particles in space.
The Shanghai Astronomy Museum, a branch museum of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (SSTM), covers a floor area of 38,000 square meters. It has been ranked as a first-class national museum and a 5A national tourist spot. Besides, it's an educational excursion demonstration base and a new landmark of Shanghai.