Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Singapore - Singapore to host inaugural Global Young Scientists Summit

LINDAU, Germany: Singapore will host the inaugural Global Young Scientists Summit in January 2013, President Tony Tan Keng Yam announced on Tuesday.

The summit will be a multi-disciplinary meeting, covering the basic sciences of chemistry, physics and medicines, as well as mathematics, computer science and engineering.

Apart from attending lectures and discussion groups, the participants will also get to visit various research institutes in Singapore to better understand the science and technology scene in Singapore.

Speaking in Germany, Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam said the event would bring together young researchers and internationally eminent science and technology leaders.

The idea of hosting the summit was mooted by Dr Tan in 2010 after he visited a science conference in Lindau, Germany. Like the science conference in Lindau, the Global Young Scientists Summit is aimed at inspiring young scientists.

The summit is expected to attract up to 350 participants from around the world.

"We have about 10 Nobel laureates who have accepted our invitation to participate and speak at the conference, and also hold sessions with the scientists," CEO of the National Research Foundation Dr Francis Yeoh said.

"We've also got six (scientists) who have won other prizes, for example the Millennium Prize, which is a technology prize, and the Turing award."

The Global Young Scientists Summit will be held from January 20 to 25. It will be held once every two years, with the aim of eventually making it an annual affair.

- CNA/wm

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