Beijing Academy of Science and Technology (BJAST), the only large high-level multidisciplinary scientific research institution directly under the Beijing Municipal government, with the mission to build a world-class harmonious livable capital, and the development strategy of "building a strong academy by innovation, openness, talents and service", and positioning itself by focusing on applied basic research, strategic high-tech research, major public good research, as well as scientific and technological service for development, makes great efforts to become the powerhouse and pioneer in developing a national scientific and technological innovation center and facilitating Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integrated development.
Beijing Academy of Science and Technology was established in 1984 when the reform of the scientific and technological system was just started. Through arduous efforts of BJAST people from generation to generation, BJAST has developed into an scientific research institution with 28 secondary institutions totaling over 5000 people, covering six priority areas including urban safety and governance, urban environment and ecological protection, top and sophisticated technology, biological medicine and nutrition health, scientific and technological innovation think tank, science popularization and culture communication.
Based on the strategic positioning of Beijing as “four-centers”, BJAST closely matches the demand for the development of a national scientific and technological innovation center, with the aim to further executing the innovation-driven development strategy, and in an increased effort to implement new scientific and technological innovation projects, leading projects of commercialization of scientific and technological results, talent development projects, and projects for developing scientific and technological conditions. BJAST has built a scientific and technological innovation platform by taking key laboratories as the core, and forged new open and shared operation mechanisms; BJAST has built a new scientific and technological think-tank with the features of BJAST, serving the innovative development of the capital, and playing a role in serving the Party and government’s scientific decision-making; BJAST is strengthening applied research , high-tech research and major science and technology breakthrough efforts, so as to improve the scientific research and development and independent innovation capacity, and to develop leading competitive advantages; BJAST insists on concurrent development of scientific research and industrial advance in order to facilitate the commercialization of major scientific and technological results , and the incubation of a batch of excellent high-tech companies; BJAST adheres to the people first approach to bringing about the innovative spirit, and pooling together dynamic and innovative talents, as well as cultivating a group of outstanding academic leaders and scientific and technological pillar talents; BJAST insists on managing the Academy by openness, with its focus on global high-end innovation elements, and has built a scientific and technological innovation system with multi-dimensional interconnectivity and interaction among “government, industry, academia, research and users, and with coordinated development.
Looking to the future, BJAST will pay greater attention to the new drive of innovation, constantly deepening reform, guiding and motivating various innovation entities and vast number of science and technology professionals to take hard work as virtue , and pay tribute to action, so as to translate the abundant science and technology innovation results into a tremendous force in building a world-class harmonious livable capital, thus making new and bigger contribution to the development of a national scientific and technological innovation center, promoting the integrated development in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region and building a scientific and technological powerhouse.
Beijing Planetarium is located at No. 138 Xizhimenwai Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, covering a total area of 20,000 square meters and a building area of 26,000 square meters. Officially opened in 1957, Beijing Planetarium was the first large-scale planetarium in China, and at one time was the only planetarium in Asia. Over more than 50 years, Beijing Planetarium attracts its audience from generation to generation with its unique demonstration method. It is now the National AAAA Tourist Attraction.
Beijing Planetarium comprises Building A and Building B, four theaters in total. Optical Planetarium in Building A is the largest horizontal optical planetarium in mainland China, with its facility in a world leading level. Among them, Carl Zeiss planetarium projector Model IX and the most advanced omnimax projection system in the world can reemerge more than 9,000 macroscopic stars on the earth to 400 audiences at once with doom image of high resolution of 8K. Besides, it can implement celestial phenomenon demonstration, 3D cosmic space simulation, digital program show and many other functions.
Building B was build up and opened in 2004. It is consisted of 3 theaters including space theater, 3D theater and 4D theater, and astronomy exhibition hall, solar observatory, public observatory, astronomy classroom and other science communication and education facilities. Among them, space theater with diameter of 18 meter has standard omnimax screen. It can demontrate to 200 audiences at once magnificent 3D screen effect. This is unique in mainland China.
Except for the science promotion program, Beijing planetarium hold various exhibitions, astronomy lectures, summer/winter camp and other activities, which are attracting. “Stars are my best friends” and “Spending spring festival in planetarium” have become brand activities among public. Beijing Planetarium combine exhibition and teaching functions together. There are astronomy knowledge exhibition, organization of middle school students astronomy olympiad, editing and publishing Amateur Astronomer, organization of public observatory. Spreading astronomy knowledge in any possible chances, Beijing Planetarium has become the fenceless school for kids.
In 2007, the International Asteroid Center announced to the international community that No. 59000 asteroid was named as Beiguan, that is, the asteroid of Beijing Planetarium. This is the recogniztion for the growing path of Beijing Planetarium, and would encourage the increasing improvement and development of Beijing Planetarium.
Beijing Ancient Observatory, both domestic and world renowned, was the royal observatory of Ming and Qing Dynasty, and is now part of Beijing Planetarium. Beijing Ancient Observatory is the Key Cultural Relics Site Under the State Protection. 8 historical astronomical instruments exhibited on the top of the observatory are Class A cultural relics, which can be called the national astronomy treasures. Year after year, Beijing Ancient Observatory attracts tourists from all over the world to visit it continuously.