Welcome Message By Patron


Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam
Patron, Global Young Scientists Summit@one-north
7th President of the Republic of Singapore


I am pleased to welcome you to Singapore for the Global Young Scientists Summit@one-north (GYSS) 2018. 

Singapore is a small island nation without natural resources. We built our nation through hard work and a strong belief in developing our people. We also harness science and technology to overcome our constraints. These tenets continue to be Singapore's primary drivers of development. Over the years, technological breakthroughs have changed many aspects of our lives. We can be certain that technological disruptions will continue to transform the way we work, live and play. 

In Singapore's 6th science and technology plan - the Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 (RIE2020) Plan - public sector commitment towards research and innovation is set at S$19 billion (over 5 years) to take Singapore to the next stage of development. This is an increase from the S$16.1 billion RIE2015 Plan. The RIE Plans are clear indications of Singapore's commitment to science, research and innovation, as well as our hope to fund innovative scientists and researchers and their efforts to bring about positive impact to society and our economy. 

We live in a challenging and complex world, facing issues that no single country can tackle alone. Scientists, engineers and innovators must work across borders and disciplines to develop solutions that impact society and human wellbeing. 

I am pleased that the GYSS provides a platform for the brightest young scientists from around the world to share ideas with one another, and to engage with eminent science and technology leaders. I am confident that some of these interactions will catalyse the next technological breakthrough. More important, the new friendships and networks will form the strong foundation for your future collaborations. 

Once again, let me welcome you to GYSS 2018 and to Singapore.