As part of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017, today, a session with nine Nobel Laureates was conducted at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar. The Nobel Dialogue was organized under the tripartite MoU signed by Nobel Media AB (Sweden); the Government of India (Department of Biotechnology of the Ministry of Science and Technology); and the Government of Gujarat (Department of Science & Technology Department).
Apart from the Nobel Laureates, the Dialogue was also attended by eminent scientists, dignitaries from the state and central governments, industry leaders and students. The Nobel Laureates included Dr. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, the Indian origin winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009; Dr William E. Moerner (Chemistry, 2014), Dr. Ada Yonath, (Chemistry, 2009) and Dr. Randy Schekman, (Medicine, 2013).
Other Nobel Laureates who participated in the sessions were Dr. Richard J Roberts (Medicine, 1993), Dr. Harold Varmus (Medicine, 1989), the 2004 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics Dr. David J Gross – also a member of the Indian Academy of Science; 2012 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics Dr. Serge Haroche; and Prof. Dr. H.C. Hartmut Michel who received the 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
The Nobel Laureates participated in two panel discussions and shared their thoughts on the below topics-
In the first session, there was a clear consensus among the Nobel laureates that there isn’t a real difference between basic and applied research. What really mattered was whether the research being conducted is of high quality and is intended to serve a good purpose.
Dr. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan was of the view that Indian biomedical researchers have a great opportunity to research on India-specific issues. Dr. David Gross, Dr. Richard Roberts and Dr. Randy Schekman also shared their views.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat