Su Shiung Lam was chosen by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) as one of only five young scientists from Malaysia to participate as a 'young researcher' in the 59th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Chemistry. The meeting took place from 28 June to 3 July 2009 at Lindau (Germany).
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is held annually to provide a globally recognised forum for the transfer of knowledge between Nobel Laureates and young researchers. During the one-week meeting, the young researchers attended interdisciplinary platform discussions, lectures presented by the Laureates, and seminar talks. Those lectures reflect current scientific topics and present relevant fields of research of the future. In addition, there were many opportunities to interact personally with Nobel Laureates through the get-together evenings, jointly attended dinners, as well as a boat trip to the Isle of Mainau.
Su Shiung Lam said, "I am honored and pleased to represent both the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, which is similar to The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth, and our department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at this Nobel meeting."
When I asked him to select just one of the many laureates he met, he said, "I think Sir Harold Kroto is the most inspiring person I met. He is a truly great scientist who has told us to not accept anything without evidence, especially in scientific research. In addition, I learnt a lot from him that we should do what we love most, then nature will tell us whether the thing that we do is a worthwhile or not."
Prof. Dr. Sir. Harold W. Kroto, FRS, is one of the three recipients to share the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is currently on faculty at Florida State University.
Su Shiung added, "This meeting benefits me in many aspects, especially in generating new research ideas, getting advice/comments, inspiration and motivation from Nobel Laureates, in addition to broadening our network with other young researchers and professionals from different fields of expertise."
Su Shiung Lam is a PhD student supervised by Professor Howard Chase in his Biochemical and Environmental Engineering Group.