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Global Young Scientist Summit 2018 - Inspiring young scientists to create a better world

last modified Feb 12, 2018 04:29 PM
CEB PhD student and WD Armstrong Scholar Theresa Maier reflects on her attendance at the Global Young Scientists Summit 2018 in Singapore.
Global Young Scientist Summit 2018 - Inspiring young scientists to create a better world

The five researchers from Cambridge - see description below

"Thank you for being young scientists, for being interested in it!"
- Professor Efim Zelmanov (Fields Medal 1994)

In 2018, three PhD Candidates and two Postdocs from the University of Cambridge were selected to participate in the Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS), a multi-disciplinary gathering of young scientist in Singapore, covering topics from chemistry, physics and medicine to mathematics, computer science and engineering: Helena Knowles (Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics), Arianne Richard (Postdoctoral Researcher, Medical Sciences), Theresa Maier (PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering/Medicine), Maire Lawlor (PhD Candidate, Veterinary Medicine), and Marie Synakewicz (PhD Candidate, Pharmacy). With its theme "Advancing Science, Creating Technologies for a Better World", GYSS particularly focused on leveraging key findings in science, research, technology innovation, and society to address major global challenges.

We have had the privilege and unparalleled opportunity to interact with a vast amount of globally recognised scientific leaders: 15 Nobel Laureates, two Field Medallists, two Turing Award Winners, and three Millennium Prize Winners. The format of interaction was highly diverse and consisted of plenary talks, small group sessions, and panel discussions, highlighting the speakers’ research, career advice, and personal inspirations, as well as a participants’ poster presentation session.

The GYSS programme also provided the over 200 participants with the chance to learn about Singapore’s history, development strategy, and strategical importance for Asia through visiting the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, PSA Singapore, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority Gallery, as well as to get to know Singapore’s high-class research facilities, such as the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE), and the National University of Singapore, as well as its beautiful and vibrant city through visits to the Gardens by the Bay, the Botanical Gardens, or the Night Safari.

"I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity to have represented the University of Cambridge at the Global Young Scientists Summit 2018. It is such a privilege to be contributing towards the global discussion on the creation of technologies for a better world, and to engage with and learn from highly accomplished scientific leaders and fellow participants. GYSS truly served as a platform to enable global conversations about scientific development, as well as inspiration for young researchers and future leaders."

We are incredibly grateful for the generous financial support from CARES and the Singapore National Research Foundation, which facilitated our GYSS participation through covering all associated costs.

 

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Five researchers were representing the University of Cambridge at the Global Young Scientists Summit 2018 in Singapore. From left to right: Helena Knowles (Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics), Arianne Richard (Postdoctoral Researcher, Medical Sciences), Theresa Maier (PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering/Medicine), Maire Lawlor (PhD Candidate, Veterinary Medicine), and Marie Synakewicz (PhD Candidate, Pharmacy).