(Yicai Global) Oct. 30 -- Leading scientists from around the world, including 61 Nobel Prize winners, are attending the third World Laureates Forum in Shanghai, which throws a spotlight on the major scientific and technological challenges faced by mankind.
Almost 140 winners of the world’s top science awards, such as the Nobel Prize, A.M. Turing Award, Fields Medal, Wolf Prize, Lasker Award, are taking part in the three-day event which started today, the Shanghai Observer reported. This year, most of the scientists will attend virtually due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, however this has increased, rather than decreased the forum’s attendance, it added.
There will be talks by over 130 scientists, including Harvey Alter, this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, and Andrea Mia Ghez, co-winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. The majority of the events will be livestreamed to the public.
The WLF will grow into a highly influential international scientific gathering and help boost Shanghai’s standing as a scientific innovation hub with global influence, the forum's secretary general Wang Hou said.
The forum was initiated by the Hong Kong-based World Laureates Association in 2018 and has been hosted by the Shanghai government every year since then. It is focused on increasing scientific development, deepening international co-operation and fostering young talent.
Editor: Kim Taylor