AsianScientist (Jan. 10, 2014) – The Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS)@one-north, a five-day event held from 19-24 January 2014 at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), will bring together young scientists, researchers and prominent science and technology leaders from around the world.
Organized by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore, the theme for this year’s summit is “Advancing Science, Creating Technologies for a Better World.”
Using the catchphrase “excite. engage. enable,” the event aims to excite and inspire bright young scientists to apply their minds to research that address serious global challenges. It also aspires to engage young researchers with peers and scientific leaders as well as enable participants to bring their research ideas to fruition.
Modeled after the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany, GYSS@one-north is unique in that it does not have annual themes on specific subject areas. Instead, it is a multi-disciplinary summit featuring speakers from more than one scientific discipline.
“You cannot put boundaries between disciplines. Science cannot be compartmentalized. Singapore is providing a platform for great scientists from the various disciplines to come together and interact with young scientists,” said Prof. Low Teck Seng, CEO of NRF Singapore and co-chairman of GYSS@one-north 2014.
A total of 350 young researchers under the age of 35, together with 18 internationally renowned scientific leaders, will be attending the week-long event. During plenary sessions, panel discussions and informal small-group sessions, participants will have the opportunity to interact with invited speakers. Unlike the Lindau meetings, which feature only Nobel Laureates, GYSS@one-north also features recipients of the Fields Medal, Millennium Technology Prize and IEEE Medal of Honor.
A unique feature of GYSS@one-north is a competition called the Singapore Challenge, where participants pitch ideas that address challenges related to urban development in future cities. The theme for the SG Challenge this year is “From Sensing to Solutioning: Leveraging ICT to Build Sustainable Cities.”
From the 35 proposals submitted, ten shortlisted finalists will pitch their ideas to a judging panel that includes a Nobel Laureate and a recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor during the summit. The SG Challenge prize consists of a medallion and cash prize of US$100,000 for the winner to further his or her idea. The partner agency for this year’s SG Challenge is Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).
As part of the closing ceremony, President Tony Tan will deliver a speech and present the SG Challenge Medallion to the participant with the winning proposal.
For the first time, a series of five public talks with GYSS@one-north speakers will be hosted in conjunction with local universities, education institutes and public agencies. Speakers will share their work and life experiences with students, the larger science community and the general public.
GYSS participants will also go on site visits to local universities, research institutes, government agencies and private industries to allow participants to have a better understanding of Singapore’s multifaceted R&D landscape.
Asian Scientist Magazine is a media partner of the GYSS@one-north 2014.
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