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- Young Scientists will engage with business and political leaders at the meeting to contribute their scientific perspective and deliver the most up-to-date trends
- Young Scientists are selected for their contributions to advance the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact
- Over 1,700 participants from 90 countries are taking part in the World Economic Forum’s ninth Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, from 9 to 11 September
- More information about the World Economic Forum: http://wef.ch/amnc15
Dalian, People’s Republic of China, 10 September 2015 – Each year, the World Economic Forum identifies the best scientific minds, leading in the pursuit of answers for global impact and the common good. Fifty exceptional scientists under the age of 40 will engage with business and political leaders at the Forum’s ninth Annual Meeting of the New Champions to contribute their scientific perspective and highlight the most up-to-date trends.
This year the Annual Meeting of the New Champions takes place in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, from 9 to 11 September. The meeting is a leading global gathering on innovation, entrepreneurship, science and technology. It is held in close collaboration with the Government of the People’s Republic of China, with the support of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
These Young Scientists are being honoured for their contributions to advancing the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact. Nominations were submitted by leading global science institutions, including the European Research Council, Imperial College London, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Sydney University, Keio University, Carnegie Mellon University, the National Institute of Health and the New Einstein Forum. This year, the meeting also benefits from the special participation of Young Arab Scientists nominated by the United Arab Emirates and Dalian Young Scientists.
The Young Scientists are:
Adam Abate, Adrien Desjardins, Ali Hilal-Alnaqbi, Amanda Randles, Amit Etkin, Andrea Armani, Anna Scaife, Bjoern Schuller, Christoph Stampfer, Erez Lieberman Aiden, Fabio Sciarrino, Habiba Al Saffar, Ivana Gadjanski, Jackson Mohlopheni Marakalala, Jia Li, Jin Xianmin, Kirill Veselkov, Komminist Weldermariam, Lee Seung-Hee, Louis-Philippe Morency, Mande Holford, Mark Howarth, Michael Bronstein, Mikael Ehn, Noble Banadda, Ozgur Sahin, Panayiota Poirazi, Rob Knight, Sara Amiri, Saul A. Villeda, Shi Qihui, Sohini Kar-Narayan, Sriram Subramanian, Teng Fangfang, Tolu Oni, Tracy Robyn Slatyer, Victor M. Panaretos, Vidushi Neergheen-Bhujun, Wang Feng, Xiang Dao, Yan Lan, Yin Peng, Yu Kyoung-Sik, Zeng Qingcheng and Zhao Weian.
Sessions in which Young Scientists will be featured at the meeting include:
- Hyperconnected Healthcare: How will greater access to personal health data transform disease prevention, detection and treatment?
- Reversing Disease, Eat Better: Learn about simple ways to take advantage of the body’s natural capacity to heal itself
- Reversing Disease, Care More: Learn about simple ways to take advantage of the body’s natural capacity to heal itself.
- Unexpected Discoveries with Nature: How are young scientists uncovering surprising new paths of discovery?
- Being Human: How are new research findings, from neuroscience to microbiology, redefining what it means to be human?
- How to Build an Intelligent Machine: Explore how advances in computer science research, from machine vision to speech processing and human motions, are transforming artificial intelligence
- Countering Brain Drain: How can ailing economies sustain a vibrant environment for science, research and development?
The Co-Chairs of the meeting are: Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman, Mozilla Foundation, USA; Nathan Blecharczyk, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Airbnb, USA; Cheng Wei, Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Didi Kuaidi, People’s Republic of China; Francis S. Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, USA; Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman and Rotating Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Technologies, People’s Republic of China; Li Ruigang, Founding Chairman, CMC Capital Partners, CMC Holdings, People’s Republic of China; Carlos Moedas, Commissioner, Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels; and Jeffrey R. Tarr, President and Chief Executive Officer, DigitalGlobe, USA.
The Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2015 is convening more than 1,700 participants from 90 countries under the theme, Charting a New Course for Growth.
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