This year, over 350 young scientists from about 35 countries will be participating in the five-day Summit, the highest number of participants in a decade. Year on year, interest in the Summit has grown on average by 10 per cent. For 2024, the number of participants from Singapore increased by nearly 70 per cent, from a steady state of 58 since 2020 to around 100 in 2024.
More Opportunities for Young Scientists
Organised by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the GYSS this year provides more opportunities for young scientists to engage with established researchers, venture capitalists, corporates, and technopreneurs. These include 16 esteemed scientists who are recipients of the Nobel Prize, Fields Medal, Millennium Prize, Turing Award and the President’s Science and Technology Award .
The Young Scientists Poster session, where young scientists share their research, has almost doubled from 60 in 2023 to 115 this year. The GYSS Young Scientists Quickfire Pitch session has broadened to accommodate 16 scientists this year, up from 10 in 2023. Additionally, there are more small group sessions, from 20 in 2023 to 28 in 2024, where young scientists can informally engage with invited scientists.
To promote the values of science and STEM education, the esteemed scientists will also be holding talks and engagements at the Nanyang Technology University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore Science Centre, SGInnovate, as well as the ‘International Science Youth Forum’ (ISYF) organised by the Hwa Chong Institution.
Noteworthy to GYSS 2024
Of the 16 invited scientists, six are speaking at the GYSS 2024 for the first time – Professor Adi Shamir, Dame Sue Black, Professor Martin Green, Sir Shankar Balasubramaniam, Professor Hugo Duminil-Copin and Professor Wang Rong. Esteemed representatives from the Technology Academy Finland (TAF) , the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Foundation , and the Heidelberg Laureate Forum will be attending the Summit. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand will also be attending the opening ceremony and engaging with young Thai researchers.
The GYSS is the only international Summit in Asia that allows young scientists to engage closely with a wide range of esteemed scientists across multiple disciplines ranging from healthcare and therapeutics to quantum technologies, forensic science and sustainable energy solutions to computer science and engineering. It was launched on 9 January by Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Chairman of the NRF, Mr Heng Swee Keat.
Chief Executive Officer of the NRF, Mr Beh Kian Teik said, “Science today involves collaboration across disciplines to solve global challenges that affect us in various ways. The GYSS introduces young talents to new and innovative research ideas from different fields. Their engagements with esteemed scientists offer a unique insight into the efforts behind groundbreaking discoveries and inspire them to push boundaries in research and innovation in a world that is continually evolving.”
Please refer to Annexes A to C for quotes from speakers and participants, the complete list of speakers for GYSS 2024, and information on the Summit’s sessions.
Quotes for GYSS 2024 speakers and youth participants
Emphasising the importance of having a multidisciplinary approach to research and science,
Professor Dame Sue Black, one of the world’s leading forensic scientists, said, “In the intricate tapestry of science and research, collaboration is the thread that weaves together diverse perspectives, forging a stronger and more vibrant fabric of innovation. It is through the convergence of ideas from different fields and cultures that we unlock the full potential of human ingenuity, turning complex ideas into groundbreaking solutions. Collaborative efforts in research not only accelerate progress but also build bridges, fostering a global community united in the pursuit of knowledge and the betterment of humanity.”
Recipient of the 2022 Millennium Technology Prize and first time speaker at the GYSS,
Professor Martin Green, said, “Events like GYSS can help give direction to young people early in their career – ideas of what they can, or explore further what they want to, do. Here, they can meet and talk to people like myself who have been in their shoes. In my career, much communication has been with other researchers and institutions; it is important to maintain these links and keep them alive. Communication and collaboration are essential elements to be successful in research and any careers in science and technology.”
First time participant at the GYSS
Ms Tan E-Jie, 16, a Physics student from NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, said, “As someone just beginning my research career, I hope to learn more about the aspirations and goals of researchers through meeting high-profile scientists, many of whom I’ve looked up to for a long time. In addition, the panel talks provided at GYSS are an invaluable opportunity to connect with knowledgeable scientists and relate my work to theirs. Lastly, I hope to meet more like-minded peers at the summit and make meaningful connections that last.”
Aleksandar Kondinski, 34, who is one of 115 young scientists presenting his research at the Poster session said, “Attending GYSS is a unique opportunity to gain insights from some of the most influential scientists and engineers in the world. As a researcher working on an NRF-supported project overarching chemistry and Artificial Intelligence for decarbonisation, I am eager to discuss my work, hoping to explore new progressive ideas and future collaborative possibilities. The GYSS brings many talented Singaporean and international young researchers together, enabling me to engage, learn from them and expand my professional network.”