2017 World Youth Innovation Forum: Science-Fact and Fiction

Richard J. Roberts, Chair of WYIF 2017; 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine


· Registration

· Plenary Speakers

· Agenda


The World Youth Innovation Forum: Serendipity in Science meeting will differ from many scientific meetings in that it will focus on the importance of chance in the process of scientific research.

When conducting truly basic research a key point is to ask good questions about things that are not well understood. Often bringing new techniques to bear on old problems can lead to new insights and discoveries. The most important aspect of such work is to notice the unexpected findings, the experiments that fail and to have the freedom to follow through and find out why they failed.

Usually, there are just two reasons. One is that you conducted the experiment incorrectly. The other – and the most important possibility – is that Nature is trying to tell you that the axioms upon which you designed the experiment are incorrect. This is always the dream of every scientist to realize that a new explanation is needed, that a discovery is possible, perhaps a really important one.

Nobel-winning scientists will talk about the role that chance has played in their own work and how good scientists need the freedom to follow their nose and investigate phenomena that may have no immediate applications, but will later form the basis for important technical developments. Failure in science can be a very good thing when it hints at a new discovery waiting to be made.




Featured Activities: 

1. Symposium: “Science-Fact and Fiction"

Description: plenary speeches

Participants: 5 Nobel laureates will each deliver a 1-hour speech, 15 minutes will be given to answer the audience’s questions

2. TV Forum: “Science-Fact and Fiction"

Description: TV dialog forum, round-table discussions featured with Nobel laureates, CEO of big enterprises, government officials in making educational policies, etc.




Target Audience: 

Students, young scientists, educational projects investors, government officials in educational departments, etc.



Learning Objectives:

• Students will understand the importance of small details in their daily life and find inspiration for
   their scientific career;

• Educational program investors will be able to discover new growth areas for investmenting;

 Policy makers might be inspired to create new education policies which nurture, grow, and
   benefit their own country’s next generations.


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