WEF 2020 Young Scientists Include Eight From Asia

From neuroscience to satellite research, eight scientists based in Asia were honored as part of the World Economic Forum’s Class of 2020 Young Scientists.

AsianScientist (May 27, 2020) – The World Economic Forum announced today its Class of 2020 Young Scientists, representing 25 exceptional researchers at the forefront of scientific discovery.

The Young Scientists community was created in 2008 to engage rising-star researchers in the work of the World Economic Forum. They are nominated by leading research institutes according to criteria including research excellence, leadership potential and commitment to serving society.

“These brilliant academics, 40 and under, have been selected on the basis of their achievements in expanding the boundaries of knowledge and practical applications of science in issues as diverse as child psychology, chemical oceanography and artificial intelligence,” the announcement said.

Here are the Young Scientists who are based in Asia:

  • Lee Sue-Hyun (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea): Lee researches how memories are recalled and updated, and how emotional processes affect human memory, to inform therapeutic interventions for mental disorders
  • Meng Ke (Tsinghua University, China): Meng seeks to understand the socio-economic causes of population aging and declining population rates to suggest what public policy measures and innovations can be used to address them
  • Shi Ling (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR): Shi researches the vulnerability of cyber-physical systems to protect safety-critical infrastructures—such as power utilities and water transportation systems—from attacks
  • Sho Tsuji (University of Tokyo, Japan): Tsuji seeks to understand how an infant’s social environment affects language acquisition—a key predictor of future literacy—to inform culturally sensitive, science-based, societal interventions
  • Wu Dan (Zhejiang University, China): Wu is researching technological advances in MRI techniques to improve its ability to detect tumors and stroke, as well as monitor fetal brain development
  • Li Yi (Peking University, China): Li researches social-communicative impairments in children with autism in China to develop more precise screening and diagnosis, as well as innovative treatment approaches in the country
  • Xu Ying (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China): Xu’s research focuses on enhancing China’s low-orbit Beidou navigation satellite system, which could lead to advances in the commercial aerospace industry
  • Andy Tay (National University of Singapore, Singapore): Tay is developing new technology and materials to engineer immune cells, tissues and systems, with the aim of preventing and treating cancer

“We are looking forward to working with the Class of 2020 Young Scientists to help leaders from the public and private sector better engage with science and in doing so, help young researchers become stronger ambassadors for science, which the world needs now and will continue to need post-COVID-19,” said Alice Hazelton, programme lead of science and society at the World Economic Forum.


Source: World Economic Forum; Photo: Pexels.
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