Ten young researchers from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand will be participating at the 60th Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany this year, according to the Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat.
The researchers have been selected to attend the meeting from June 17 to July 2, 2010, the secretariat said in a statement.
The interdisciplinary meeting will bring together more than 650 international young researchers and 61 Nobel prize winners from the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine/physiology. This is the second time ASEAN participates at the global scientific convention where great minds come to meet.
“Science and technology are critical instruments to help our region develop and increase its competitiveness,” ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said.
“By building our human capacity and centers of excellence in science, we will help foster development and application of innovative technologies that could be translated into tangible benefits, not only for our community, but for the global community,” he said.
Pitsuwan, who initiated the students’ participation in the meeting, further said, “I hope it (the young researchers’ participation) will inspire and educate them, and connect them with the international scientific community.”
Since 1951, more than 25,000 young scientific researchers from all over the world have participated at the annual meetings. The meetings are held yearly in Lindau, Germany, and they invite Nobel Laureates to interact with young scientific researchers from all over the world.
Last year, five researchers from ASEAN attended the meetings for the first time.