Students at 8th Asian Science Camp get chance to interact with Nobel laureates

SINGAPORE - Aspiring scientists taking part in this year's Asian Science Camp will get to learn more about the subject from Nobel laureates in the various scientific fields.

This is the first time that Singapore is hosting the international camp, which has in previous editions been hosted in other Asian countries. In 2013, the Asian Science Camp was held in Japan.

During the five-day camp, which kicked off at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on Monday morning, students will get to listen and take part in lectures and discussions chaired by five Nobel laureates.

They include Professor Aaron Ciechanover, a 2004 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry; Professor Makoto Kobayashi, who in 2008 won a Nobel Prize in Physics, and Professor Sydney Brenner, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2002.

Scientific topics that some 300 students will get to learn more about during the camp include structural biology, laser beams and the link between human biology and medical research.

They will also have to take part in hands-on activities, such as a poster making challenge, that will help them internalise the concepts learnt during the camp.

Participating students in the latest edition of the camp are aged between 15 and 24, and come from 29 different countries. About 40 of them are from Singapore, while others come from countries such as Australia, India, Brunei and China.

NTU president Bertil Andersson said: "Having these top scholars in the various scientific fields sharing their research and achievements at the 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 a broad-based scientific knowledge, keen curiosity, relentless tenacity and a global outlook in the pursuit of scientific research."