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Aspiring Scientists Come Together To Exchange Ideas

15 Jan 2020
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International Science Youth Forum

Jointly organized by Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore) the 2020 International Science Youth Forum (ISYF 2020) now into its 12th year welcomed 5 distinguished scientists comprising 3 Nobel Laureates, 1 Fields Medallist and 1 Millennium Technology Prize winner to engage 120 studentsfrom 42 different schools from across the globe.

Through the Nobel Forum, Master Classes and Dialogue Sessions, participants interacted with these Nobel Laureates and other eminent scientists on the theme “Evolving Aspiration: Divergent Pathways, Convergent Future ”. As part of the five-day programme, students visited the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and participated in hands-on activities at the research facilities at National University of Singapore (NUS), and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Our guest-of-honour Professor Phua Kok Khoo, Founding Director Emeritus, Institute of Advanced Study, Nanyang Technological University, delivered a welcome address at the Forum’s Grand Ceremony on 15 January 2020 at Hwa Chong Institution.

Sir Tim Hunt (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2001), Sir Konstantin Novoselov (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2010), and Professor Wendelin Werner (Fields Medallist, 2006) engaged the delegates at the Nobel Grand Ceremony. This was  moderated by our alumnus, Professor Ho Teck Hua, Senior Deputy President and Provost of the National University of Singapore, where he is also the Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor.
Mr Pang Choon How, Principal of Hwa Chong Institution, said, We are excited by the vast possibilities that recent scientific advancements offer. At the same time, with new possibilities come new challenges, many of which will push the boundaries of morals and ethics. To our young delegates, I pose these questions: how do you envisage our future and how would you like to contribute in shaping a world that’s filled with hope and possibilities?”

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