World Economic Forum Honours its 2016 Young Scientists Community at Annual Meeting of the New Champions

22 Jun 2016

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· 44 Young Scientists, all under the age of 40, will participate at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2016

· Young Scientists are recognized for leadership in their respective fields as well as for having contributed towards advancing the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high social impact

· Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2016 will take place in Tianjin, China from 26 to 28 June

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Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, 22 June 2016 – Over 40 world-leading experts from the World Economic Forum’s Young Scientists community will participate in the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2016, which is being held on 26-28 June in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China.

The Young Scientists, all aged under 40, represent some of the most forward-thinking and advanced young scientific minds in the world. They are selected from all regions and a wide range of disciplines, and have a track record of advancing the frontiers of science, technology and environment in areas of high societal impact. In their work, they exhibit exceptional creativity, thought leadership and high growth potential. To fulfil the membership criteria they must all have also demonstrated a commitment to public service and to have played a transformational role in integrating scientific knowledge into society for the public good.

In honouring them for their contributions to advancing the frontiers of science, engineering and technology, the Young Scientists benefit from a tailored programme that exposes them to policy leaders, decision-makers and entrepreneurs. They are also offered support from the Forum’s academic and expert networks and given the opportunity to contribute to Forum projects and initiatives.

Nominations were submitted by leading global science institutions, including the European Research Council, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the New York Academy of Science, the New Einstein Forum, Imperial College London, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the National University of Singapore, Sydney University, Carnegie Mellon University and Tianjin University.

Amanda Randles, Amit Etkin, Ben Glocker, Bjoern Schuller, Byron Yu, Cynthia Collins, Darren Lipomi, Ding Qiurong, Elissa Aminoff, Fabio Sciarrino, Gabriela Hug, Gabrielle Thomas, Gerardo Adesso, Gong Jinlong, Gregory Schwartz, Jackson Mohlopheni Marakalala, Jenny Mortimer, Ji Heng, Jin Xianmin, Johnson Samuel, Julie Cairney, Karen Davies, Kellie Charles, Kim Ayoung, Kirill Veselkov, Komminist Weldermariam, Kristen Marhaver, Lee Seung-Hee, Mahesh Srinivasan, Maria Elena Torres Padilla, Mei Lin Neo, Michael Bowen, Nicole Joller, Ning Yan, Osman M. Bakr, Ozgur Sahin, Rob Knight, Sander Kasteren, Shi Qihui, Tolu Oni, Wang Yan, Yasuaki Kakehi, Yu Kyoungsik, Zhang Chengdong

Sessions in which Young Scientists will be featured at the meeting include:

- Investing in Oceans: How can we apply innovative investment models to science to effectively conserve ocean resources and support food security?

- Empowering the Patient: How can we empower patients to take charge of their health decisions?

- The Future of Imaging: How are advances in imaging paving the way for novel products and new industries?

- Combatting Superbugs: Will emerging strategies to combat drug-resistant infections save us from a future without antibiotics?

- The Future of Gene Editing: How are researchers using gene editing tools to explore new frontiers of science and ethics?

- Pandemics and Big Data: Disrupting Transmissible Diseases

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