Five Nobel laureates will come to Vietnam to attend a science event that includes a series of conferences on physics and astrophysics in August.
They will start partaking in the 9th edition of the annual Meeting Vietnam conferences from August 11 in the central city of Quy Nhon.
The five are Sheldon Lee Glashow (Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979), Klaus von Klitzing (Nobel Prize in Physics in 1985), Jack Steinberger (Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988), David Jonathan Gross (Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004), and George Smoot (Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006).
The physicists will engage in an online chat organized by Tuoi Tre newspaper on August 12.
The event, which is scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 17, is attended by over 180 other physicists from 29 countries and territories together with 30 Vietnamese scientists.
Among the Vietnamese scholars are 2010 Fields Medalist Ngo Bao Chau, eminent physicist Dam Thanh Son, University Professor at the University of Chicago, and particle physicist Jean Tran Thanh Van, presented with the prestigious John Torrence Tate Award in 2011 for his international leadership in physics.
The 2013 Meeting Vietnam event features conferences on cosmology in the Planck era, general relativity and gravitation, the fundamentals and applications of nanophysics, and windows on the universe.
Its agenda also includes classes in condensed matter physics and astrophysics, and seminars on teaching methodology for teacher training college lecturers.
Founded by Jean Tran Thanh Van, Meeting Vietnam was first held in Hanoi 20 years ago. Since then it has developed a close network of international cooperation for scientific research around the world.
Its high-level conferences have attracted research scientists from developed and emerging nations as well as allowed young Asian students to meet with top scientists all the way to Nobel laureates.
As part of the agenda of the 9th Meeting Vietnam conferences, Vietnam will inaugurate the conference building of the International Center of Interdisciplinary Science Education in Quy Nhon City on August 12. Construction of the 200,000 square meter center was initiated in December 2011 with estimated costs totaling US$6 million. When completed, the entire facility will have auditoriums, seminar rooms, offices for study and research, a planetarium, an exhibition room, a library, an engineering school, an international-standard hotel resort, and other components.