The World Laureates Forum is held in Shanghai from October 29 to 31, 2018.
The World Laureates Forum, an event sponsored by the Shanghai municipal government and organized by Shanghai Lingang Area Development Administration, Shanghai Lingang Group, the Shanghai Association for Science and Technology, the World Laureates Association (WLA) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was held in Lingang Area, Shanghai from Oct. 29 to 31, 2018.
Li Qiang, secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, met with foreign scientists attending the forum on Oct. 29.
Li said that as Shanghai builds a globally influential hub for scientific and technological innovation, the city will step up its pace to make breakthrough in its ability to produce new academic thoughts, scientific discovery, technological invention and industrial direction globally.
Shanghai’s innovation hub is designed to be a major platform for international cooperation that features great openness, synergy and innovation generation, Li told the foreign guests.
Shanghai will work to smooth the way for innovation, pool and allocate innovation resources and factors in a larger scope and further open up its major scientific facilities to serve global innovative activities and international scientific research, Li said.
Li expected the forum to help Shanghai bring in more top-notch scientists to research frontier theories and core technologies while pledging better working environment and research services.
Shanghai will firmly seize the opportunities presented by the ongoing technological and industrial revolution to implement the innovation-driven development strategy in a deeper way in its bid to build a globally influential innovation hub, Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong said in his speech at the opening ceremony of the forum.
Shanghai will further consolidate its foundational support for innovation by building world-leading clusters of major scientific facilities in the fields of photonic sciences, life sciences and marine sciences; it will strengthen innovation planning and start or take part in a number of major special initiatives and programs in line with the development of frontier technologies and China’s strategic needs, with a view to breaking through in trailblazing original achievements; it will work to attract more overseas talents to give lectures, make exchanges and conduct scientific research there so that they can jointly address scientific and technological difficulties concerning the future of mankind and people’s wellbeing and to turn more research outcomes into real productivity; it will strictly protect intellectual property rights (IPR) and establish an IPR protection system where judicial protection plays a leading role supported by administrative protection and international rules are honored, according to the mayor.
Roger David Kornberg, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and WLA chairman, delivered a speech at the opening of the forum on behalf of the attending scientists.
Noting that basic scientific research is of vital importance to solving difficulties of the future, Kornberg said that his association is committed to driving more future-oriented basic research among world laureates as well as making ground-breaking achievements by promoting worldwide cooperation and exchanges.
The association will also vigorously cultivate young scientists and is willing to cooperate with colleges and universities as well as enterprises to commercialize scientific research outcomes, said the Nobel laureate.
A large number of the world’s top-notch scientists including 26 Nobel laureates and 8 winners of such prestigious academic prizes as the Wolf Prize, the Lasker Prize, the Turing Award and the MacArthur Fellowship attended the forum together with 17 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering and 18 outstanding Chinese and foreign young scientists, making the forum a grand gathering where some of the world’s strongest minds made inter-disciplinary exchanges.
As one of the important outcomes of the forum, the world’s first WLA Science Community was launched in Lingang Area during the opening ceremony.
The community, with winners of the Nobel Prize, the Lasker Prize and the Wolf Prize and other first-rate scientists playing a central role, is designed to inject those scientists’ original, industrially promising resources into Lingang Area, where Shanghai’s innovation hub mainly sits, and at the same time to match the resources with China’s huge market so that more basic, original and industrial innovation outcomes can take root in China and blossom.
In addition to Chinese academicians and experts, the Shanghai Association for Science and Technology also invited Shanghai’s excellent teenagers to attend the World Top-notch Young Scientists Special Forum, a highlight of the World Laureates Forum. The young scientists also joined panel discussions with the attending laureates on topics like the present and future of science and mankind.
Themed “Science and Technology for the Common Future of Mankind,” the World Laureates Forum consisted of three parts: four thematic forums, the World Top-notch Young Scientists Special Forum and the Roundtable on Frontier Technologies and Innovative Development.
The four thematic forums dealt with photonic sciences and industries, life sciences and industries, R&D and commercialization of innovative drugs, and brain sciences and artificial intelligence respectively.
Scientists attending the forum are engaged in a variety of fields including chemistry, physics, medical science and computer science and come from a number of countries such as the United States, Britain, Norway, Germany and Israel.
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