Eight students from the country’s leading universities participated in the World Science Conference-Israel (WSCI) from August 15 to 20.
The students are: Maria Patricia Garcia and Patrisha Lazatin from the Ateneo de Manila University; Anthony Jaboneta, Joshua Paman and Alfonso Vicente Jadie from De La Salle University; and Divine Grace Capalaran, Jeremiah Reyes and Jonard Valdoz from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños.
The Filipino students joined around 400 young future scientists from 70 countries in WSCI where they also attended lectures and interacted with 15 Nobel Prize winners and other leading scientists from around the world.
The participating Nobel Laureates were Prof. Zhores Alferov, Physics, 2000; Prof. Sidney Altman, Chemistry, 1989; Prof. Robert Aumann, Economic Sciences, 2005; Prof. Aaron Chiechanover, Chemistry, 2004; Prof. Steven Chu, Physics, 1997; Prof. Claude Cohen-Tannoudi, Physics, 1997; Prof. David Gross, Physics, 2004; Prof. Roger Kornberg, Chemistry, 2006; Sir Prof. Harold Kroto, Chemistry, 1996; Prof. Elon Lindenstrauss, Fields Medal, 2010; Prof. Richard Roberts, Physiology or Medicine, 1993; Prof. Dan Schechtman, Chemistry, 2011; Prof. Harold Varmus, Physiology or Medicine, 1989, Prof. Arieh Warshel, Chemistry, 2013; and Prof. Ada Yonath, Chemistry, 2009.
Modeled after the Asian Science Camp, WSCI was initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Nobel laureate Prof. Roger Kornberg, and the Ministry of Science and Technology. The WSCI’s opening event will be held in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former President Shimon Peres.
Danni Danon, the Israeli Minister of Science, Technology and Space, said the WSCI is a testimony of Israel’s influence and importance in the world of science. “Along its 67 years of independence, Israeli scientists have been demonstrating that they can change the world for the better in each and every field they set their minds on. The Israeli Government is committed to the world of science and will continue to assist in promoting it.”
The WSCI will encourage the young participants to take up the challenge of advancing science and technology in the next generation. It will also help develop international friendships and cooperation among students from all over the world, forge personal contacts among young people, and create young “Science Ambassadors.”