GETTING to meet and mingle with Nobel Laureates is a rare opportunity indeed.
But participants attending the Asian Science Camp (ASC) 2017 will be able to do so.
Held in conjunction with the annual Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF), the 11th ASC will be hosted by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) at its Kampar, Perak campus from Aug 20 to 26.
The ASC was conceived in 2005 by Nobel Laureate in Physics, Prof Masatoshi Koshiba, as well as Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Prof Lee Yuan-Tseh.
It has been held annually in different parts of Asia since its inaugural camp in 2007.
The educational event aims to expose youth to the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through close interaction with top international STEM scholars and to promote friendship and cooperation among the best students in Asia.
ASC organising committee chairman Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei is calling on students and the public to take part in the event.
Prof Lee who is also UTAR Research, Development and Commercialisation vice-president, said they will be able to learn a lot from the four Nobel Laureates.
Top academicians and industry leaders will share their knowledge on different topics in a series of talks throughout the event.
“It is the first time in Malaysia that these Nobel Laureates will be available under the same roof at the same time.
“The public should not be afraid of attending the talks as the speakers are effective science communicators, who can make scientific topics interesting and easy to understand,” he said.
ASC and KLESF steering committee chairman Datuk Hong Lee Pee shared Dr Lee’s sentiment.
He said: “This is the first time the talks are open to public. Previous camps were only open to top students from our Asian counterparts participating in the talks and activities.
“Allowing everyone to join in can widen the reach of people to create a much needed STEM workforce in the future,” said Hong.
He hopes other countries will follow in Malaysia’s footsteps when organising these camps in the future.
“It is pointless to organise an event that only benefits a small group. Isn’t it better to invite the public so they can be further exposed to STEM as well?” he said.
He also highlighted that talks at the camp, which only included academicians in previous years, will for the first time see a number of Malaysia’s top industrialists including Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai, Goh Peng Ooi and Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian share their knowledge on stage.
In the meantime, Prof Lee said they are in the process of recruiting 50 upper secondary students from various schools across the country to join the international participants during the event.
He said selected Malaysian students will join the best foreign students to undergo a variety of interesting activities throughout the week.
“These top students will mix with foreign participants.
“This will enable an exchange of valuable knowledge, as well as cultural interactions and the creation of a network among them,” he said.
For more information, visit www.asc2017.net.