GYSS 2021 Highlights

Recap the inspiring stories and lessons that eminent speakers shared at the first ever virtual GYSS2021 Summit.


Panel Discussion - Personalised Medicine

Prof. Jennifer Doudna (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2020) and Prof. Thomas Cech (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1989) discussed the many ways that the CRISPR technique can be applied – from medicine, to research and agriculture – in a lively session with young scientists.


Panel Discussion – Confluence of Quantum and Computing

Dr. William D. Phillips (Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1997), Prof. Jose Latorre, and Prof. Yvonne Gao, discussed in a panel discussion on how the confluence of quantum and computing may give rise to future economies and societies.

Panel Discussion – Hypoxia/Cancer

Sir Peter Ratcliffe (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2019), Prof. William Kaelin (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2019) and Sir David Lane, spoke about the influence of hypoxia on cancer, and how the discovery that different oxygen levels regulate fundamental physiological processes may lead to treatments for anaemia, cancer, and other diseases.
Prof Robert Langer - The Edison of Medicine: Robert Langer’s Quest to Solve Global Health Challenges Using Biotechnology

In the opening plenary, Millennium Technology Prize 2008 winner Prof. Robert Langer described his journey as a young scientist and how he has never accepted no for an answer, even in the face of adversity. His research has helped deliver Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine and today, he is designing living protein structures that could one day build replacement human body parts.

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Panel Discussion on ‘Science and Policy’

In a timely panel discussion on science and policymaking, Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2009) and Prof. Tan Chorh Chuan discussed the impact of the pandemic on their work, and emphasised the importance of transparency and accountability, to     build trust among all involved, including the public and the authorities.
Prof Alessio Figalli – Optimal transport: From nature to machine learning

Prof. Alessio Figalli (Fields Medallist, 2018), who developed the Optimal Transport theory, described how the theory is being applied to huge issues, from construction, to climate change, and even in machine learning to improve image recognition.
Panel Discussion - Renewable Energy: A Key Enabler for Climate Neutrality

In a discussion on renewable energy, Prof. Didier Queloz (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2019), Prof. M. Stanley Whittingham (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2019) and Prof. Takaaki Kajita (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2015) stressed the urgency for policymaking and regulation to help reduce the impact on the climate.