Professors Albert Fert, 2007 Nobel Prize for Physics, and Cédric Villani, 2010 Fields Medal, in Singapore for the GYSS
The Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) was held in Singapore from 20 to 25 January 2013. Spearheaded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore, about 15 heavyweights in the scientific field, among them 12 Nobel Prize laureates and 2 Fields medallists, gathered to give conferences and chair working groups. 270 young scientists (PhDs, post-docs and researchers at the beginning of their careers) who were selected from research institutions and universities from around the world attended the summit.
Two French scientists of renown, Professors Albert Fert (2007 Nobel Prize for Physics) and Cédric Villani (2010 Fields Medal), were invited to the Summit.
On the sidelines of this event, the « Institut Français Singapour » in partnership with the German Embassy of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), organised a joint public lecture on 21 January given by Prof A. Fert and the 1988 German Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry, Professor Hartmut Michel. The two professors expounded on information technology and biofuels.
This franco-german collaboration commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Elysée Treaty. The treaty was signed into force on 22 January 1963 by then French President Charles de Gaulle and then German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, to seal the reconciliation between France and Germany.
About 500 attendees were present, including not only scientists but also students, people from the private sector and political figures such as H.E Olivier Caron, French Ambassador to Singapore, his German counterpart H.E Angelika Viets, and H.E. Marc Ungeheuer, European Union Ambassador to Singapore.
This conference was followed by a franco-german reception at the German Residence in the presence of numerous German, French and Singaporean personalities well-known in the areas of science, economics and politics.
In addition, the « Institut Français Singapour » organised a conference on 24 January at the « Lycée Français de Singapour » during which Prof Cédric Villani spoke to final year students and their mathematics teachers. The hour long conference was a brilliant treatment of the subject of evolution of mathematical concepts set in a historical context and applied to the universe, notably in the estimation of the earth’s age. After the conference, Prof Cédric Villani took questions from the floor during an enriching session.
Mr. Albert Fert
Mr. Cédric Villani