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VinFuture award ceremony week – A gathering of global science quintessences

12 Jan 2022
VinFuture award ceremony week – A gathering of global science quintessences

January 11th, 2022 – the VinFuture Foundation has officially announced the agenda for academic events during the inaugural Sci-Tech Week on January 18-21, 2022, in Hanoi, Vietnam. These are international events that will see the arrival of leading scientists to Vietnam in order to work together for the mission of science to practically and effectively serve humanity.

The VinFuture Sci-Tech Week is an important event that attracts the attention of thousands of scientists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs around the world. For the first time ever, the world-renowned influential scientists will gather in Vietnam to take part in the VinFuture Sci-Tech Week’s 4 main activities: the Conversation with the Prize Council and Pre-screening Committee; the “Science for life” Symposium; the inaugural VinFuture Award Ceremony; and the Scientific Dialogue with the inaugural VinFuture Prize Laureates.

The event series begins with the Conversation with the Prize Council and Pre-screening Committee, taking place on January 18th, 2022, with the participation of outstanding scientists including the Chair of the VinFuture Prize Council – Professor Sir Richard Henry Friend – University of Cambridge, 2010 Laureate of the Millennium Prize in Physics; Professor Gérard Mourou – École Polytechnique (France), 2018 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics; and several other leading scientists from the VinFuture Prize Council and Pre-Screening Committee. At the event, they will share their passion and discuss the achievements and sacrifices made throughout their scientific journey. The event aims to inspire the love for research and open up possibilities for Vietnamese scientists to approach international projects around the world.

Following this first event, the “Science for life” Symposium will be held in January 19th, 2022 with the participation of leading scientists, such as Professor Sir Richard Henry Friend, Professor Gérard Mourou, Professor Antonio Facchetti, Professor Sir Konstantin (Kostya) S. Novoselov, Professor Jennifer Tour Chayes; leaders from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Information and Communication, along with business leaders from prestigious domestic and international corporations.

Notably, the event will see the attendance of guest speakers who have played an important role in humanity’s fight against Covid-19 globally: Professor Katalin Kariko; Professor Drew Weissmen and Professor Pieter R Cullis – the scientists behind mRNA technology for Covid-19 vaccines; Doctor Quarraisha Abdool Karim and Doctor Salim Abdool Karim – epidemiologists with outstanding contributions to combating HIV and other contagious diseases.

The three sessions of the symposium will each be 90 minutes in length and address three critical themes: the Future of Energy, the Future of Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Global Health. Each session will focus on future trends as well as projections of key changes in people’s lives with the increasing intervention of science and technology. These topics are pressing issues at the center of the scientific community’s attention, accounting for most nominations in this year’s VinFuture Awards. With the meaningful gathering of eminent scientists, policymakers and leading entrepreneurs, the symposium will promote scientific and technical support to create new breakthroughs, contributing to improving people’s lives and realizing sustainable development for our planet and future generations.

The events are centered around the VinFuture Award Ceremony, held in the evening of January 20th at the Hanoi Opera House. This will be a formal ceremony with the participation of Leaders of the Vietnamese government, world-leading scientists – recipients of prestigious scientific awards such as the Nobel Prize, the Millennium Technology Prize, the Turing Award,… Following the ceremony will be an outstanding performance exclusively created for the event, featuring two international music stars who have won various prestigious awards: John Legend and Dang Thai Son.

John Legend

The Award Ceremony will be streamed live on VTV and international platforms for science and technology.

The closing event of the Sci-Tech Week is the Scientific Dialogue with the inaugural VinFuture Prize Laureates, which will take place on the morning of January 21st, 2022 at VinUniversity (Hanoi). Held just after the award announcement night, this event serves to inspire the public with the first generation of VinFuture Prize Laureates’ sharing about their lives, their motivations, and their research journeys to the successful creation of their award-winning inventions.

Along with the main events, VinFuture will also host The Sci – Tech Week with a series of exciting academic workshops, exhibitions, public lectures, and so on, which is expected to attract the participation of scientists and the general public.

The Sci-Tech Week and VinFuture Award Ceremony will take place annually, contributing to positioning Vietnam as a new destination for global science and technology, while creating the foundation for the multilateral connection between Vietnam’s scientific and technological community and the world. VinFuture expects to tap into new opportunities for the intellectual connections between scientists, policy makers and entrepreneurs, promoting healthy commercialization, and suggesting new research ideas with high applicability, to fulfil VinFuture’s mission of serving humanity./.

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The VinFuture Prize Foundation, established on International Solidarity Day, December 20th, 2020, is an independent and non-profit organization in Vietnam founded by billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong and his wife.

The Foundation was established with the vision and mission of catalyzing meaningful changes in the everyday lives of millions of people. The Foundation’s core activity is awarding the annual VinFuture Prize for breakthrough scientific and technological innovations that have made or have the potential to create meaningful changes in people’s lives.

A total of four prizes are awarded by the VinFuture Prize Foundation every year, consisting of the VinFuture Grand Prize valued at US$3 million – one of the largest ever annual prizes globally. VinFuture also awards three Special Prizes, each valued at US$500,000, dedicated to female innovators, developing country innovators, and innovators with outstanding achievements in emerging fields.

In addition, the Foundation will conduct many activities to accomplish its mission, such as funding research projects, collaborating in academic development, and promoting STEM education.


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