| Achong Tanjong |
TWO Science students left the country yesterday to represent Brunei Darussalam at the 7th International Science Youth Forum (ISYF 2015) in Singapore.
Hafiz bin Baha, from Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah, and Wee Yii Wen, from Jerudong International School, and Kartini binti Haji Ishak, a Lead teacher for Gifted Education from Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan, were selected by the Special Education Unit, Ministry of Education.
The Special Education Unit said the ISYF serves as a platform for talented young Science students and their educators from all around the world to congregate and interact with one another. ISYF also aims to create greater awareness among budding Science talents on the importance of broad-based knowledge, curiosity, relentless tenacity and a global outlook in the pursuit of science excellence through intellectual exchanges with Nobel laureates and eminent scientists. Educators will similarly be enriched as the forum will enhance their pedagogical competencies as well as facilitate the development of close ties and future collaborations. This year the forum promises to be an enriching learning experience filled with opportunities for all to gain deeper insights into not just science, but also one another’s cultures.
This year’s theme, “Becoming a Modern Scientist” brings both society and scientific progress into a common discussion, which will be exemplified through invited Nobel laureates and field medalists who have a plethora of life experiences. Six Nobel laureates are invited for ISYF 2015 – Sir Richard Roberts (Physiology/ Medicine 1993), Professor Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (Physics 1997), Sir Tim Hunt (Psychology/ Medicine 2001), Professor Aaron Ciechanover (Chemistry 2004), Professor Andre Geim (Physics 2010) as well as Professor Arieh Warshel (Chemistry 2013).
The students will participate in the Master Classes and Focused Dialogues. They will also showcase their research in the Poster Exhibition session.
The students will gain hands-on experience with state of the art technology at a top notch research institute in Singapore. As for the teachers, they will be engaged in the Master Classes and Focused Dialogues with Nobel laureates, discussing pedagogical and teaching ideas. Teachers will also be sharing their professional findings.
ISYF is jointly organised by Hwa Chong Institute and Institute of Advanced Studies (Nanyang Technological University). This forum is in its seventh year. More than 600 students and educators from all over the world will be benefited from the event. This year more than 120 delegates and educators will be participating.