The UN Climate Change Conference COP25 taking place from 2 to 13 December called the world’s attention to Madrid, where heated debates on how to curb global warming and fight climate change were staged every day. Three Tang Prize laureates in Sustainable Development, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Prof. Veerabhadran Ramanathan and Dr. James E. Hansen all closely followed the news about this important meeting and suggested strategies and actions needed to save our planet.
On the other hand, Prof. Aaron Ciechanover, 2004 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, came to Taiwan this December at the invitation of the Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry to attend the 2019 Healthcare+ Expo Taiwan and to give a talk in the MEDTEX Summit Asia. As a member of the Tang Prize’s International Advisory Board, he also paid the Foundation a visit during his stay in Taipei. Prof. Ciechanover believes that major international awards can decide the focus of the world’s attention, bring together leading-edge technologies and communicate academic research findings to the public. For this reason, he holds high expectations for the rigorous selection procedure under which the Tang Prize winners are picked. Also travelling to the Foundation on the same day were Dr. Michael Ugrumov, president of the Russian Society for Neurochemistry, and Dr. Olga Goncharova, president of the Union of Women Doctors of Russia, both offering professional opinions on topics related to their medical expertise.
In 2018 and 2019, the promotion of the Tang Prize in the education sector saw the Foundation reach 14 schools in Taiwan, holding forums to interact with the island’s bright young minds. In addition, Dr. Jenn-Chuan Chern, CEO of the Tang Prize Foundation, travelled to top universities in China to award the Gwang Hua Scholarship on behalf of Dr. Samuel Yin, who set up this scholarship in 1989. He also took the occasion to introduce the philosophy behind the Tang Prize and encouraged students to achieve success and give back to society.
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As 2019 is drawing to a close, during this festive season, we would like to send you our best wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!