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​NTU hosts science camp led by Nobel Laureates for international high school students

Published on: 25-Aug-2014

More than 300 students from around the world are taking part in a science camp at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) involving five Nobel Laureates.

Held for the first time in Singapore, the Asian Science Camp aims to inspire promising young teenagers from around the world into scientific research through interaction and dialogue with Nobel Laureates and other eminent scientists.

The five-day camp with high school students from 29 countries is the largest since its launch seven years ago. The camp also has the honour of having one of the largest gatherings of Nobel Laureates at a single event.

NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said, “The Asian Science Camp which has a history of seven successful camps, reinforces and strengthens the international science community through interaction and collaboration. More importantly, it ensures the ground remains fertile for the growth of science and research throughout Asia by exposing youths to the impacts of scientific discoveries.”

Gracing the event as the Guest-of-Honour is Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education. 

The Nobel Laureates leading the camp will present various lectures and discussions on key scientific discoveries, and how they impact mankind. Under the guidance of Nobel Laureates and other renowned scientists, students will get a broad view and understanding of science through activities such as plenary sessions, round table discussions, student-to-master dialogues and a creativity poster competition.

Professor Aaron Ciechanover, recipient of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will talk about how the world is exiting the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to treatment, and steering towards a new era of ‘personalised medicine’. Clinical treatments will be tailored according to a patient’s medical profile, which will drive the development of new drugs.

Another prominent scientist, Professor Ada Yonath, recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, is another inspirational figure who will share stories of what triggered her curiosity in science and the process of scientific research. She has combated one of the most problematic issues in modern medicine – resistance to antibiotics – through her investigation of the mystery behind translating the genetic code.

In his maiden trip to Singapore, Professor Makoto Kobayashi, recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics, will explain the complex subject of electrons and quarks, which are the smallest building blocks of all matter. 

He is particularly known for his research of a phenomenon called ‘broken symmetry’, a situation where small fluctuations transform particles from a stable state into a disorderly one. Together with Professor Toshihide Maskawa, their research breakthrough was published in 1973 and became the fourth most cited high energy physics paper of all time since 2010.

“Having these top scholars in the various scientific fields sharing their research and achievements at this camp elevates the learning experience of the students to a higher level. With such high-profile interactions, the Asian Science Camp creates greater awareness among the budding science talents about the importance of broad-based scientific knowledge, keen curiosity, relentless tenacity and a global outlook in the pursuit of scientific research,” said Professor Andersson.

Other notable speakers include Professor Vladimir Voevodsky (2002 Fields Medalist), superstar structural biologist Professor Daniela Rhodes (NTU), physicist Professor Chorng Haur Sow (National University of Singapore) and bioengineer Professor Jackie Ying (Agency for Science Technology and Research; A*STAR).

Top Singapore schools participating in the camp include Raffles Institution, National Junior College, Hwa Chong Institution, Anglo Chinese School (Independent) and Dunman High School.

Notable overseas high schools include Japan’s Yokohama Science Frontier High School, Philippine’s Science High School, Turkey’s Ankara Science High School, and the United States’ St John’s School.

The 8th Asian Science Camp is jointly organised by NTU’s Institute of Advanced Studies and supported by the Ministry of Education, National Research Foundation, and the Lee Kong Chian Foundation.

Please refer to the Annex​ for the full list speakers and their curriculum vitae.


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Media contact:

Nur Amin Shah
Assistant Manager (Media Relations) 
Corporate Communications Office 
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 4714
Email: aminshah@ntu.edu.sg  


About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes al school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Impal Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI). 

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia. 

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singaporestamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, an Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg 

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