Quy Nhon hosts 14th “Meeting Vietnam” programme

An international scientific conference themed “Science for Development” opened at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education in Binh Dinh province’s Quy Nhon city on May 9.

Binh Dinh's Vice Chairman Nguyen Phi Long (left) talks with Prof. Tran Thanh Van and other participants. Photo: Van Luu

The event, which is hosted by the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE), will discuss the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as its future perspectives seen from the world of science, technology and innovation.

Speaking at the opening ceremony Prof. Tran Thanh Van, founder of Rencontres du Vietnam (Meeting in Vietnam), a for-science initiative which aims at connecting Vietnamese and Pacific-Asian with their colleagues in the West, urged participants to discuss the role of science in sustainable development.

The two-day conference attracted the participation of representatives of Vietnamese ministries and Binh Dinh province, French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary, and hundreds of scientists, policymakers, researchers, including two Nobel laureates, Professor Gerard’t Hooft and Professor Finn Kydland.

The conference is a follow-up of another international conference themed "Fundamental Science and Society”, which was held in July at the centre and part of a series of gathering by scientists, diplomats and policy makers in Viet Nam. It formed part of the 14th “Meeting Vietnam” (Rencontres du Vietnam) programme held by the “Rencontres du Vietnam” Association, offered a chance for delegates to meet and discuss issues related to scientific research.

Prof Gerard 't Hooft (right) talks with 2 young scientists.

Seven roundtables are scheduled to take place within the framework of the workshop, with discussions focusing on current “hot” issues such as the impacts of science on socio-economic development, science and policymaking, science and the fourth industrial revolution, and science and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Participants are also expected to discuss the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as its future perspectives seen from the world of science, technology and innovation.

Deputy head of the National Assembly (NA) Office and NA Vice Secretary General Le Bo Linh said “Meeting Vietnam” activities are chances for Vietnamese scientists and researchers to share knowledge, cooperate in research, and orient scientific and technological activities to address existing issues.

This year’s conference will mark the 25th anniversary of the foundation of Recontres du Vietnam. French ambassador to Viet Nam Bertrand Lortholary, deputy minister of science and technology Chu Ngoc Anh were among the participants at the event.

The “Rencontres du Vietnam” Association was founded in 1993 by Professor Tran Thanh Van, with the aim to support Vietnam in terms of science and education. Since 1993, a series of “Meeting Vietnam” programmes have been held in Binh Dinh, with over 40 international workshops and 16 specialised courses participated by over 3,500 scientists.

The ICISE was founded by Prof. Tran Thanh Van and his wife Prof. Le Kim Ngoc in 2013. The centre has been the chosen venue of a dozen international conferences and a gathering place for thousands of scientists, most notably 12 Nobel laureates, two Fields winners and two Kavli Award (the highest distinction in the field of astrophysics)  winners.

Attending the event, Deputy Chairman of Binh Dinh provincial People’s Committee, Nguyen Phi Long said: “Binh Dinh province always supports “Meeting Vietnam” activities and expects the association’s founder, Professor Tran Thanh Van, and Professor Le Kim Ngoc to hold more scientific workshops locally to support Vietnam in terms of science and education. We hope to develop a hub on science and education in Quy Nhon.”

Binh Dinh News, Vietnam News

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