Nobel laureates discuss Vietnam’s use of science for development

14:10 | 07/06/2018 Science - Technology

(VEN) - Two Nobel Prize laureates and nearly 200 scientists from around the world convened earlier this month in Quy Nhon in the central coastal province of Binh Dinh for a two-day conference on the use of science for socioeconomic development.

discuss vietnams use of science for development

The 14th annual Rencontres du Vietnam, a French program promoting science and education in Vietnam, addressed the role of basic science and applied science for sustainable development of society. It provided opportunities for dialogue between scientists, policy makers and representatives of international organizations and businesses, and offered opportunities for young Vietnamese scientists to learn from world-famous colleagues.

Among them were Dutch Professor Gerard’t Hooft, the 1999 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, and Norwegian Professor Finn E. Kydland, who claimed the 2004 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac, praised the efforts of Prof. Tran Thanh Van, founder of the Rencontres du Vietnam, in the development of Vietnam’s science, technology and education.

“Science is determining the speed of life of all human beings. After 30 years implementing renovation, Vietnam has achieved impressive results, yet the natural resources of the nation are being heavily depleted and labor costs are too cheap. Therefore, science and technology are becoming key factor for further development to help Vietnam keep up with the world,” Pham Cong Tac said.

National Assembly Deputy Secretary General and Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly Office Le Bo Linh said the conference contributed to transferring knowledge and creative passion to the domestic scientific community, offering opportunities to exchange experience and promote research activities.

The conference was co-organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Binh Dinh People’s Committee and the Rencontres du Vietnam under the patronage of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Rencontres du Vietnam was founded by Prof. Tran Thanh Van in 1993 in France to support Vietnam in science

and education, with a view to contributing to the development of education and training, and scientific research for

future generations. Since his association’s inception in 1993, Van has brought thousands of famous scientists to

Vietnam. The ICISE, which was inaugurated in 2013, has organized 40 international science conferences and 16

thematic schools with the participation of more than 3,500 international scientists.

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