Nobel Laureates speaking in Singapore 5-6 Nov 2015; register free
Nobel Laureates, world-leading scientists, policy makers and thought leaders will discuss latest thinking and action on the Future of Learning. The Nobel Prize Series, an exciting new platform featuring a conference, public lectures, an executive roundtable discussion, an exhibition and various social activities, bringing together the world’s leading minds on global affairs and development, will make its debut in Singapore this November. Several thousand people, including five Nobel Laureates – Professor Ada Yonath (Chemistry, 2009), Sir Harold Walter Kroto (Chemistry, 1996), Sir James Mirrlees (Economic Sciences, 1996), Professor Stefan Hell (Chemistry, 2014) and Professor Wole Soyinka (Literature, 1986) – as well as the world’s top public and business leaders, academics, educators, community stakeholders and students will converge in Singapore for the Nobel Prize Series Singapore 2015 to discuss the latest thinking that will impact the future of learning and development in the 21st century. The Nobel Prize Series Singapore 2015 is produced by Nobel Media and the Nobel Museum in partnership with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore). The event will be launched on 5 Nov 2015 by His Excellency, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore. Singapore’s Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr Ong Ye Kung will also attend the opening and take part in the Executive Roundtable discussion.Register at http://www.nobelprize.org/events/nobel-prize-series/index.html The Future of Learning The Nobel Prize Series Singapore 2015 will feature a main conference and an executive roundtable about “The Future of Learning”, four public lectures incorporating dialogues with students, as well as a special exhibition. The travelling exhibition The Nobel Prize – Ideas Changing the World will be displayed at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, from 7 Nov 2015 to 24 Jan 2016. The exhibition tells the story of Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize, Nobel Laureates and how Nobel Prize-awarded work has shaped and continues to change our world. For the first time, exhibition visitors will be able to explore the life of Alfred Nobel and the history of the Nobel Prize through a digital experience based on his will, which left much of his wealth to the establishment of the Nobel Prize. “We are delighted to present the Nobel Prize Series in Singapore as a part of our global outreach with the ambition of raising engagement in science, literature and peace in line with Alfred Nobel’s vision,” said Dr Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation. “We believe in lifelong learning and the power of ideas. By stimulating dialogue between great minds from both science and society, we wish to inspire all participants, bring important issues into the public debate and make a difference with science as a starting point.” Professor Bertil Andersson, President of NTU Singapore and former Chairman of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry selection committee, said that NTU’s partnership with Nobel Media and the Nobel Museum to present the first Nobel Prize Series provides a rare opportunity for some of the world’s brightest minds to deliberate on a subject of enormous importance to NTU and Singapore. “The future of learning is especially relevant to NTU and we have begun innovating the way students learn in a big way. Key initiatives include the introduction of the flipped classroom pedagogy, building more high-tech smart classrooms, launching massive open online courses (MOOCs) and setting up the Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE@NTU) to advance innovative approaches in tertiary learning,” said Professor Andersson. “It is apt and timely that Singapore is chosen as the venue, because this country is well-known globally for education excellence. Research and education are the twin pillars of any world-class university and NTU is no exception. This high-profile event where Nobel Laureates like Sir Harold Kroto who all share a common passion in learning is also a fitting tribute to Singapore on its 50th birthday this year.” Schedule at Nobel Prize Series Singapore 2015 • Executive Roundtable• Main Conference• Four Public Lectures by Nobel Laureates• Public Exhibition entitled “The Nobel Prize – Ideas Changing the World” The two-day programme will kick off with the Executive Roundtable on the morning of 5 November at NTU’s latest architectural icon, The Hive. The exclusive dialogue is expected to see a fruitful discussion among the 30 participants, which includes the Nobel Laureates, and a select group of business, academic and political leaders. The Roundtable, which will address issues, trends, opportunities and challenges facing education in the 21st century, will be a rare opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and be inspired by the Nobel Laureates. The Roundtable is followed by the main Conference at NTU’s Nanyang Auditorium that afternoon which brings together the Nobel Laureates and a group of eminent speakers, including business and government leaders. The Conference which features two panels will be interactive in nature, drawing on the audience’s participation. The first session will feature prominent business leader and NTU Board of Trustees Chairman Mr Koh Boon Hwee, Professors Kroto and Yonath and NTU Assistant Professor Juliana Chan, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. On the panel for the second session are Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large Professor Chan Heng Chee, Sir Mirrlees, Professors Hell and Soyinka, and NTU Assistant Professor Chou Meng-Hsuan, an Associate Fellow at EU Centre Singapore. In addition to the above events, four public lectures by the Nobel Laureates will be held concurrently on 6 November at NTU Singapore, the Singapore Management University and the National Gallery of Singapore. Professor Soyinka will discuss “Playing Footsy with Terror” at the NTU School of Humanities and Social Sciences Auditorium, while Professor Hell’s talk at the NTU School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences is titled “The Resolution Revolution”. Over at the National Gallery, Sir Kroto and Professor Yonath will both explore “The Relationship between Science and Art”, while the lecture on “The Causes of Economic Inequality” by Sir Mirrlees is at the Singapore Management University’s Mochtar Riady Auditorium.
Credits: NTU, nobelprize.org