“Science for Life’’ Symposium
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm (Vietnam time)
Location: Almaz Conference Center, Vinhomes Riverside, Phuc Loi, Long Bien District, Hanoi, Vietnam
The “Science for life” Symposium will be held on 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 “Science for Life” Symposium will create connections between the Vietnamese sci-tech community and top scientists, policy makers, and entrepreneurs. The all-day symposium will have three consecutive 90-minute panels, each focusing on one of the following critical issues for the future: Future of Energy, Future of Artificial Intelligence and Future of Global Health. The panel in each of these topics will focus on the global issues, upcoming trends, as well as projections of key changes in people’s lives through the intervention of science and technology.
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.
Future of Energy, 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Resources like coal and oil that are used to generate energy are not limitless. The emergence of new industries and rapid urbanization have accelerated the shortage of energy, especially clean energy. The production of solar energy and hydroelectric energy remains expensive, making it difficult for average households and consumers to access. What will be the trend of global energy? What will be the source of future clean energy? Which technology will contribute to solving global warming? What is the key to making energy affordable for all?
Scientists will discuss advancement in science, its equality of access, its real-world applicability, and our responsibilities as citizens in the field of energy.
Professor Sir Richard Henry Friend, FRS – Chair of the Prize Council – University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Winner of the 2010 Millennium Physics Prize for his work on plastic electronics. He is one of the world’s most influential physicists and was knighted for “Services to Physics” in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Guest of Honor: Leader of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Future of Artificial Intelligence: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
The world is ever-changing. The Fourth Industrial Revolution, especially with its advancement in artificial intelligence, is having an increasingly greater impact on human lives. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now present in all aspects of life, from health and education to shopping and leisure. Have advancements in AI really improved our quality of life? How will AI give some countries a competitive advantage and reduce the development gap? What are the inherent risks and moral issues that we should consider?
Scientists will discuss advancement in science, its equality of access, its real-world applicability, and our responsibilities as citizens in the field of AI.
Dr. Padmanabhan Anandan, Founder of US-based AI Matters Advisors LLC and Chairman of the Governing Board at Telangana AI Mission (T-AIM). He was the Founder and Managing Director of Microsoft Research India and the Vice President of Adobe Research with his research in visual motion analysis, video surveillance, and 3D scene modeling from images and video.
Guest of Honor: Leader of the Ministry of Information and Communications.
Future of Global Health: 2:00 – 3:30 PM
The world is facing a number of challenges. Among those, our health is being threatened by the Covid-19 pandemic. Besides the pandemic, other factors are causing frequent negative impacts on people’s quality of life and life expectancy, such as an aging population, urbanization, unhygienic food products, contaminated water, polluted air, stress, and others. In this context, what will be the trend of global health? How can we ensure a healthy life for all? What is the role of the individual in preventing, treating and caring for oneself? Can scientific advances help us all, especially the disadvantaged and those from poor countries with limited access to affordable healthcare?
The invited guest speakers will discuss advancement in science, its equality of access, its real-world applicability, and our responsibilities as citizens in the field of healthcare.
Professor Dang Van Chi, Scientific Director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, United States. He is a renowned doctor, researcher, and hematology expert. He received the MERIT Prize from the National Academy of Medicine. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy.
Guest of Honor: Leader of the Ministry of Health