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Science advisers will offer Expo advice

THE organizer of the 2010 World Expo will ask 200 scientists to visit the site ahead of the opening to provide advice for local Expo visitors.

The organizer signed a cooperation memo with the Shanghai Office of the National Scheme for Scientific Literacy yesterday to help advise local people who visit the Expo, as well as to organize local families who want to host foreign guests at their homes and invite students to the event.

Academics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering will visit the Expo site during a trial run between January 1 and April 30. They will select highlights for local people and explain some of the scientific principles involved in the exhibitions.

The office will work with local newspapers so the academics can write columns about the Expo, said Yu Tao, deputy director of the office. He said the academics will answer readers' questions.

The office has chosen 53 families, most of them living close to the Expo site, to take in foreign guests during the Expo.

Foreign visitors will be able to visit or live with the families and join in their community activities.

The organizer has said local districts, neighborhoods and institutions can select host families for the Expo.


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