BEIJING ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Beijing Association for Science and Technology (BAST) is a mass organization for the scientific and technological staff in Beijing area. It plays the role of bridge and link in connecting the People's Government of Beijing Municipality with the massive scientific and technological staff. It is also the important force which pushes forward the development of the science and technology cause. BAST was established in 1963, consisting of the municipal societies, foundations, district and county Associations for Science and Technology (AST’s) and primary-level organizations. At present, it has 191 municipal societies and foundations, 16 district and county AST’s, and 303 primary-level organizations including primary-level AST’s of enterprises, public institutions, economic and technological development zones as well as science parks. The number of its members reaches over 400 thousand.
Over the past years, BAST has been devoting itself to serving the Capital’s economic and social development and improving the public scientific literacy as well as serving scientific and technological staff. In 2009, BAST was accredited as the municipal-level “hub-type” social organization, which exerts its function as the bridge, tie, business leading force and service management platform.