We often hear the term 'smart cities,' but how smart are they really? In this September's InnovaTalk, we will delve into one of the most crucial aspects of this smartness: the smart transportation system. The webinar, titled “Smart Transportation and Mobility Solutions for Urban Areas,” is scheduled for September 19th (GMT+7).


As you read through this newsletter, the diligent efforts of the Pre-Screening Committee have culminated in the completion of the pre-evaluation round. The curated nominations have advanced to the final stage of selection, currently undergoing meticulous review and judgment by the Prize Council.

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Amidst the rapid push to enhance hydrogen technology as a viable and sustainable energy alternative, the InnovaTalk webinar titled “A Green Future of the Hydrogen Economy” united four distinguished experts. Their aim was to delve into the potentials and hurdles of this emerging technology, particularly in the context of Vietnam, which has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Anyone with a curiosity about green energy should be familiar with hydrogen, although not everyone possesses a complete understanding of its pivotal role in attaining a net-zero state.

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The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into daily life is transforming the way we communicate, work, and innovate. In a recent interview, Professor Jennifer Tour Chayes (University of California, Berkeley and a Member of the VinFuture Prize Council) anticipated that the future would promise both unprecedented opportunities and thought-provoking challenges related to AI. Although AI can assist humans in some professions, Prof. Chayes sees that it could not replace them, but collaborate harmoniously with human expertise.


“Most of the major scientific prizes are traditionally given in developed economies. Therefore, it is significant that a big prize such as the VinFuture Prize is now given in Vietnam, an emerging economy. This demonstrates to the world that emerging economies can be equal partners in the innovation game.”

Professor Soumitra Dutta – Member of the VinFuture Prize Council


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I’m a multi-disciplined kind of person. I’ve done mathematics. I’ve done physics. I’ve done economics. I’ve done biology. I’ve done computer science. And in the same way, I am not a single-book kind of person nor a single-genre person. I very much believe in bringing diverse perspectives together, including both fiction and nonfiction.


We have to find a way to explain complex things to them and try to inspire the new generation, because less and less people want to go into science. It is difficult. They want easy money or something, and they don’t realize that money won’t make you happy. I don’t think about these prizes. I respect and I understand the importance of the prizes to bring attention to the science. That’s what is important to me, the science, and to inspire people.


Vietnamese-American scientist Nguyen Thuc Quyen has recently been awarded the Wilhelm Exner Medal 2023 for her valuable contributions directly impacting the future economy through the development of organic solar cells.


“VinFuture Prize celebrates science and technology innovators on the basis of their contribution to humanity. It is the first of its kind to originate in the global south and is unique in bringing a global and specifically humanitarian focus to all prize categories.

Sir Richard Henry Friend, FRS, Chair of the VinFuture Prize Council


"Các giải thưởng khoa học như VinFuture là chất xúc tác của sự đổi mới, mang đến thay đổi tích cực cho nhân loại, cũng như tạo động lực, tiếp sức và cảm hứng đến những nhà đổi mới trong tương lai”, GS Sir Richard Henry Friend - Chủ tịch Hội đồng giải thưởng VinFuture - nhận định trong bài viết đăng tải trên tạp chí giáo dục đại học hàng đầu thế giới Times Higher Education (THE).

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