Pick the brains of Nobel laureates at global science summit in Singapore

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans will get the chance to hear from Nobel laureates and other renowned scientists from around the world when the Global Young Scientists Summit returns from Jan 19 to 23.

Organised by the National Research Foundation, the annual event is a five-day boot camp for young scientists and researchers from around the world. It also includes panel discussions and public lectures at various locations such as the National University of Singapore, National Library and Science Centre Singapore.

This year's line-up of 20 speakers include luminaries such as German virologist, Professor Harald zur Hausen, whose work on cervical cancer won him the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Professor Andrew Yao, a Chinese-American computer scientist who won the 2000 Turing Award - the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in computing - will also take part in a discussion on the future of computing.

The summit will feature an annual challenge for participants to address problems faced by cities. This year, nine finalists will present their ideas to help the elderly remain in their homes and communities for as long as they can.

The "ageing-in-place" ideas include "smart" shoes equipped with motion and pressure sensors that can gather data and help encourage the elderly to be more active.