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Vol. XXVI, 1st Quarter
January–March 2008

Nobel laureates share knowledge, culture of peace

Six Nobel laureates distinguished for their exceptional contributions in physics, chemistry, medicine, economics, literature, and peace start arriving in the country beginning January until April to hold scientific lectures, seminars, workshops, dialogues, and provide assistance in packaging science activities for the public to promote a culture of peace. This is a part of the program dubbed “Bridges: Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace” by the International Peace Foundation.

First to arrive is Prof. David J. Gross, 2004 Nobel prize winner for physics who discovered and explored the force that binds particles inside atomic nucleus. His work led to a whole new physics theory and allowed other scientist to complete the standard model of particle physics describing the fundamental particles in nature and how they interact with one another.

Prof. Gross’ lecture and dialogue session was held last January 9 at the University of the Philippines’ National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development in Diliman, Quezon City.

Prof. David J. Gross
Prof. David J. Gross

The Department of Science and Technology along with Angeles University, Asian Institute of Management, Ateneo de Manila University, and Ateneo de Davao University host BRIDGES.

Participants to the rare lecture include undergraduate and post-graduate scholars of DOST’s Science Education Institute, Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development scholars, National Academy of Science and Technology academicians, members of the National Research Council of the Philippines, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, and other researchers, scientists, and technologists from state colleges and universities.

The Nobel laureates are also visiting Thailand for similar activities that are facilitated by the Vienna-based International Peace Foundation through its program called “Bridges: Dialogue Towards A Culture of Peace”, NAST Executive Director Luningning Samarita explained.
The chairpersons for BRIDGES—Philippines are Ayala Corp.’s Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and SGV Group founding chair Washington SyCip.

The other Nobel laureates set to visit the country in February are Prof. Finn E. Kydland (economics), James D. Wolfensohn (peace) and Prof. David Baltimore (medicine) in March, and Prof. Aaron Ciechanover (chemistry) and Prof. Jose Ramos-Horta (peace) in April.
Sponsors for the BRIDGES series include the BMW Group, Dusit Hotels and Resorts, Microsoft, Ogilvy Asia Pacific, and the Yuchengco Group of Companies.