Updated: 01/10/2014 00:38

Global Young Scientists Summit returns to reach out to more

Global Young Scientists Summit returns to reach out to more

Some 18 Nobel laureates and winners of the prestigious Fields Medal and Millennium Technology Prize will be in Singapore later this month.

They'll interact and give lectures to some 400 young researchers and members of public in a five-day summit.

This year's Global Young Scientists Summit will see a bigger participation from both the local science community and public.

The five-day event starting on the 19th of this month at Nanyang Technological University, will address key areas of science and research, as well as solutions to global challenges.

For the first time, a series of talks with international science and technology leaders will be opened to the public.

The Summit's co-chairman Professor Low Teck Seng, says the intent is to give the public access to them and engage in a dialogue. 

"From our experience there last year, this went down very well. The young people were very excited. The adults found it very informative. And the speakers found it very inspiring because this interaction with young people interacting with innocent, young minds that can ask very questions that are penetrating was very exciting for them."

The Summit, which takes after the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany will also see a similar "science village".

The scientists and local young researchers will make NTU their home for five days. 

"This setting allows young people to interact like in a boot camp for example. Interact with one another, be engaged with one another. At the same time, having lots of time with the scientists they will meet and hopefully get inspired. And hopefully this is reflective of how science is done - a bit messy."

By Fann Sim

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