Each year, about 280 international young scientists engage closely with peers and invited speakers to discuss key areas of science and research, technology innovation and society, and potential solutions to global challenges. The Global Young Scientists summit is multi-disciplinary, covering topics relevant to chemistry, physics, medicine, mathematics, computer science and engineering. Invited speakers are globally recognised scientific leaders, including recipients of the Nobel Prize, Fields Medal, Millennium Technology Prize and the Turing Award.
DPAG's Wellcome Trust Doctoral Student in Neuroscience, Dr Lukas Krone, who is part of the Molnár and Vyazovskiy Labs, has been invited to attend the 2021 Summit to be held virtually on 12 - 15 January. This concludes a successful year for Dr Krone, who in 2020 has been presented the 2020 Christian Guilleminault Young Investigator Award by the World Sleep Society, received a Young Scientist Abstract Award from the European Sleep Research Society for his DPhil project, shared first prize at DPAG’s Sherrington Talks 2020 and won a Goodger and Schorstein Award from the Medical Sciences Internal Fund.
The 2021 Summit will be attended by Jennifer Doudna (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020) and Sir Peter Ratcliffe (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019), both of whom delivered a named lecture at DPAG last year, the Sherrington Prize Lecture 2019, Public Understanding of Science and the inaugural Haldane Prize Lecture respectively. Thomas Südhof (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013) will also attend, who was scheduled to deliver the Sherrington Prize Lecture pre-COVID-19 restrictions.
On receiving the news, Dr Krone said: "It's a great honour to represent Oxford at this unique event with more than a dozen Nobel Laureates, other eminent scientists, and aspiring future leaders from around the globe."
Head of Department Professor David Paterson said "I am delighted that one our research students can represent the Department and University on the global science stage for young scientists."