August 15, 2012

All eyes were on England during the Olympic Games as the world watched international athletes conquer great feats. In the science world, however, the spotlight is on Israel where the Sixth Asian Science Camp (ASC) – the world’s most important conference for young scientists — is set to take place August 26-31 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The ASC’s goal is to “enlighten those science-talented youths through discussion and dialogue with top scholars in the world and to promote the international friendship and cooperation among the best young students of the next generation,” according to the association’s website.

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It’s a mind Olympics of sorts. The 300 geniuses will take part in workshops, lectures and seminars with Israel’s top scientists in physics, math, chemistry and social sciences.

Participants will get face-to-face meetings with five Nobel Laureates — Taiwanese chemistry laureate Yuan Tseh Lee; Japanese physics laureate Makoto Kobayashi; Israel’s Robert Aumann, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics; Israel’s Aaron Ciechanover, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry; and American laureate for chemistry Roger Kornberg.

President Shimon Peres will kick-off the week’s events.

Another highlight set for the conference is access to the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University.

Nations taking part in the science conference include Taiwan, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Armenia, China, Singapore, among others.

“The importance of bringing the world’s best minds in science, some of who will be leaders in their fields in the future, is obvious,” Rafi Barak, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Yediot Aharonot.

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