How did the world’s scientists respond to the VinFuture Prize?
The VinFuture Prize received great attention from scientists around the globe right after its announcement. In particular, we have received prompt responses from scientists from leading universities and scientific research institutes in the world.
For example, Harvard University (US)–where many prestigious scientists gather; the National Institutes of Health (US)–the headquarters of the US government in charge of public health; the universities of Oxford and Cambridge are both known for their Nobel laureates; which a famous place for research on natural science, science and technology; the Max Planck Society is on a par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide in science and technology; Tokyo University- Japan’s leading prestigious higher education institution and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious scientific institutions.
Professor Albert P. Pisano–Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego, US–co-chair of the VinFuture Prize Pre-Screening commitee, shared with the media: “A valuable award like VinFuture really means a lot to a developing country like Vietnam; it proves Vietnam’s pioneering position, importance, and influence, and at the same time brings the message to the world: ‘One for everyone’.”
Thereby, the VinFuture Prize, it can be said, has helped inspire many generations of researchers, both young scientists and inventors, and experienced professionals, and it aims to honor brilliant minds with innovative applications that can change people’s lives now and in the future.
How many nominations has the VinFuture Prize received so far?
We have received feedback from more than 700 reputable organizations and individuals that registered to submit nominations only two months after opening the admission gate. More than 150 nominated project drafts have been submitted to date and continue to be perfected. This truly impressive figure represents the belief and excitement of scientists for the new prize, VinFuture.
In addition to traditional countries in science and technology such as the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and South Korea, VinFuture has received nomination registrations from scientists from developing countries in Latin America and Africa, which are regions with many potential challenges in sustainable development but have lacked adequate investment in science and technology.
How has innovation in science and technology promoted the development of the world and people?
In my opinion, human development history goes hand in hand with the history of science and technology development. While the majority of the global population is living in developing countries, where there is a need to access the achievements of science and technology inventions for their daily problems, the outstanding minds of science are concentrated in countries with developed science and technology, where the quality of life is much better than the rest of the world.
With today’s scientific development, VinFuture hopes innovation will be a common task of the world scientific community, a community working together to address global economic, social, and environmental challenges and so on, to move innovation from where it is most needed to scale up the impact and make it more practical and human.