Our students participate in 4th World Laureates Forum

On October 30, two 11th graders Zhang Xinning and Ji Yujia from Class 7 and a 10th grader Yu Zewei from Class 10 of our school came to the picturesque Lin-Gang Crowne Plaza Hotel to participate in the 4th WLF Sci-T Conference. During the event, Michael Levitt, vice president of the World Laureates Association and winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Raymond Stevens, winner of the 2019 China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award, Jiang Xuefeng, Professor of East China Normal University, and Jin Xianmin, Professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University and other well-known scientists had in-depth exchanges with more than 100 young scientists from all over the country.

On the evening of October 30, the first lesson of science was given on the bank of Dishui Lake. Michael Levitt encouraged young people not to be afraid of making mistakes and emphasized on the importance of a good balance between life and work. Only those who have a good balance between life and work can innovate science sustainably. Carl Weiman, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Physics shared methods of cultivating scientific thinking from a distance, with the theme of Thinking Like Scientists. He hoped that teenagers on the spot would set an example for more young people to master scientific thinking and better cope with more global challenges that mankind needs to face in the future.

In the question session, our school student Ji Yujia asked Raymond Stevens about brain and cognition, “Recent research has proved that in a certain external environment, the human brain can maintain life function and respond to electrical signal stimuli released by the outside world. Can we change our behavior and cognition by changing external signals?” The professor highly praised her for the question and affirmed on the influence of the outside world on our behavior and cognition. However, on one hand, this impact will bring great convenience to people in medical treatment. On the other hand, it will also have immeasurable consequences in moral and ethical aspects. Therefore, we need to be cautious about aspects other than medical treatment.

On the morning of October 31, a Life Science Interdisciplinary Forum was held on the bank of Dishui Lake. Many professors at home and abroad participated in the forum and jointly discussed about the theme of life science interdisciplinary research. The integration of new ideas and technologies into other disciplines and biological research is rapidly promoting the development of modern life science. The traditional biology is changing from qualitative and descriptive research to quantitative and global research. In the communication in English, we gained a lot from the blending and display of scientists’ thinking in different fields, which also allowed us to see the infinite possibilities of life science in the future.

During lunch, experts from various industries and young scientists discussed issues they were interested in. A researcher from the Institute of Optics and Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, told several of our students about his future prospects for this major, and also mentioned his scientific research career planning, which also made us aspire to it.

The last link of the Sci-T Conference is the Young Scientist Forum, chaired by Academician Wu Xiangping. Seven young scientists gave speeches on different topics. From that, we learned about the scientific research experiences of students all over the motherland, which is the same as and different from our research experience, but what remains unchanged is a curiosity and a thirst for the unknown. In the last question session, we discussed more content and benefited immensely.

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