Laureates of the world, unite!
Scientific research and innovation forum held in Shanghai
The first World Laureates Forum, held at Dishui Lake in Lingang Area in Pudong New Area, gathered top scientists from China and abroad to discuss scientific research and innovation. Over 30 top scientists, including 26 Nobel laureates, will brainstorm with 17 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, on topics ranging from photon science to life sciences, and from drug innovation to artificial intelligence, from Monday to Wednesday.
The forum is hosted by the World Laureates Association (WLA), Shanghai Lingang Area Development Administration and the State-owned Lingang Group, under the theme “Science and technology, for the common destiny of mankind.” Ying Yong, mayor of Shanghai, and Roger D. Kornberg, 2006 Nobel laureate and chairman of World Laureates Association, spoke at the opening ceremony of the forum.
During the WLA Photon Science and Industry Forum, one of four sub forums at the three-day event, Nobel laureates Steven Chu, Frank Wilczek, David Gross and Chinese quantum physicist Pan Jianwei shared their latest research.
“In the past 100 years, Shanghai has attracted many entrepreneurs in the world to develop their businesses here. But in the field of science, the number of talents that come here is not enough. An event like this will attract top scientists in the world to carry out their research in Shanghai, and accelerate the city’s level of scientific development,” Lin Zhongqin, president of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said during a group interview.
First and last kilometer
The forum also announced the launch of the WLA scientific community in Lingang Area, which aims to link the scientific resources of top scientists from around the world with the huge demand of the Chinese market.
Wang Hou, secretary general of the World Laureates Association, said that, originally, the main purpose to establish the forum was to promote the application of science to industry. “But when we were first preparing for the forum, we found that the ‘last kilometer’ of the application of science can’t be achieved without the ‘first kilometer’ of scientific exploration,” he said.
The WLA scientific community therefore aims to boost Shanghai’s scientific capability from basic scientific research to applications. It will create a platform for foreign scientists to put forward their ideas, invite foreign scientists to set up labs in Lingang in collaboration with Chinese universities, institutes and enterprises and explore ways to transform scientific knowledge into useful results.
Weng Wei, vice-chief economist of Lingang Group, said, “By connecting with top scientists and their research results, the WLA scientific community will facilitate the gathering of scientific talents and resources in Lingang, which will be positive to Lingang’s industry development and scientific environment.”
Above: Scientists speak at the WLA Photon Science and Industry Forum; Main: Roger D. Kornberg, 2006 Nobel laureate and chairman of World Laureates Association, speaks at the opening ceremony of the forum.