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Two colloquia on astrophysics were organized from 25 to 29 July in Quy Nhon, in the province of Binh Dinh (Centre). Photo: ICISE/CVN

18e The annual “Vietnam Encounters” program runs until the end of the year at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE) in Quy Nhon, the capital of Binh Dinh Province (Central). It attracts almost 100 world-leading scientists and researchers in several fields from 18 countries, including British professors Duncan Haldane (Nobel Prize in Physics 2016) and Vietnamese professor Dàm Thanh Son (Dirac Medal 2018).

A space for discussion and sharing

According to Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Bùi Thê Duy, it is an opportunity to discuss issues related to basic sciences related to sustainable development, to raise awareness and mobilize scientists, decision-makers and society in its togetherness. It is also the first scientific event in the world in honor of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 2022, which was proclaimed on 2 December 2021 by the UN General Assembly.

The “Vietnam meetings”, organized by the association of the same name, constitute an exchange meeting that attracts renowned scientists from all over the world who come to discuss recent research in particle physics, astronomy and nanotechnology.

The main objective of ICISE is to promote exchanges and to share scientific and educational experiences between countries. Through such interactions in a relaxed atmosphere, we sincerely hope that new ideas will emerge and contribute to the advancement of science in the world.”said professor of physics Trân Thanh Vân, chairman and founder of the association “Rencontres du Vietnam”.

Professor Duncan Haldane with young people in Quy Nhon.

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For his part, Vice Minister Bùi Thê Duy said that the “Vietnam Meetings” and the side activities organized on this occasion are good opportunities for young science enthusiasts to expand their horizons and acquire knowledge with world-renowned professors. “We hope that the young participants will accumulate knowledge, study well and strive to become brilliant scientists in the service of the country in the future, such as Professors Trân Thanh Vân and Dàm Thanh Son”, he pointed out.

The love of science and the thirst for knowledge

On July 11, the scientific torch lighting ceremony took place, opening the week of “Encounters with Vietnam” at ICISE. Apart from the scientists, the event brought together nearly 100 teachers and students from five expert schools in Binh Dinh, Phú Yên, Quang Ngai (Central) and Gia Lai (Central Highlands) provinces.

According to the organizing committee, the activity gave the students the opportunity to meet leading researchers and helped inspire young people to pursue their passion for science. “The torch lighting ceremony aims to spread the love of science and the desire for knowledge to all Vietnamese, especially the younger generations.“, said Professor Trân Thanh Vân. The fire was maintained throughout this important international scientific event for a week.

On this occasion, Vietnamese Professor Dàm Thanh Son, from the University of Chicago (USA), gave a public lecture on “States of Matter: From the Viewpoint of Modern Physics” to the attention of about sixty brilliant students from Binh Dinh, Phú Yên, Quang Ngai and Gia Lai. He is the winner of the 2018 Dirac Medal awarded annually by ICTP (International Center for Theoretical Physics) from Trieste to scientists who have made a decisive contribution to the development of knowledge in theoretical physics.

For his part, the British Professor Duncan Haldane, Nobel Prize in Physics 2016, chaired another conference entitled “Topological quantum matter, entanglement and the second quantum revolution”.

Nobel Prize in Physics 2016 at USTH

On July 19, the amphitheater at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (USTH) was packed. More than 400 attendees came to enjoy the public lecture by Professor Duncan Haldane, born in 1951 in London.

Professor Duncan Haldane during his public lecture delivered on July 19 at the University of Science and Technology in Hanoi (USTH).

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As in Quy Nhon, this one described for about two hours his discoveries about quantum topology, which led him to win the Nobel Prize in Physics 2016 and allowed the emergence of new astonishing scientific research results in physics. quantum, which created a revolution in this field. This could lead to new techniques, including the creation of quantum computers…

At the opening of the event, Prof. Jean-Marc Lavest, senior rector of USTH, said that his institution is an international university that is gradually building its network of experts in Vietnam and expanding beyond ASEAN.

The goal of USTH is to become a research university with the main task of conducting research at the international level, training young talents in science and technology to contribute to the sustainable development of Vietnam. Thus, USTH always tries to invite leading researchers in this field to share their experiences and inspire the young professors and students at the university.”explained Jean-Marc Lavest.

He appreciated the importance of the basic sciences: “Each discovery in basic science opens a new door, helps us better understand the universe, and shows us that there is still much we didn’t know yet. At USTH, we believe that technological solutions are based on the solid foundation of fundamental sciences”.

According to him, it is a great honor to welcome a Nobel Prize to USTH and it is the first time that his school receives a scientist of this magnitude. He hoped that his public lectures would allow the participants to see “the beauty of basic scientific research“.

Let us be sure that Professor Duncan Haldane’s participation will inspire new generations of scientists. Finally, I would like to thank Professor of Physics Trân Thanh Vân, President of the association +Rencontres du Vietnam+, the initiator of this important event.“, he pointed out.

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