Lau­re­ates of the world, unite!

Sci­en­tific re­search and in­no­va­tion fo­rum held in Shang­hai

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE - By Zhang Yu

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.”

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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.

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