Nobel laureate in Physics attends universe conference in Vietnam

Prof. Van will receive the Medal at the American Physics Society meeting in Atlanta from March 31-April 4. Named for John Torrence Tate, the Medal recognizes non-US citizens for international leadership in physics, with an emphasis on leadership, statesmanship, and service to the physics community, as opposed to mere research achievement. Prof. Van is the first Vietnamese to receive this honour. Born in 1937, Prof. Van arrived in France and studied atomic physics in 1953. He then lectured at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and became the honoured director of the Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique (French National Centre for Scientific Research). Over the past four decades, he has brought closer together many leading international physicians as a member of the organizing board of a number of popular conferences including the Rencontres de Moriond and the Rencontres de Blois. He is also honoured for his tireless efforts to build a modern scientific community in Vietnam. Prof Van is now the founder and head of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE) in the central coastal city of Quy Nhon with the goal of attracting great scholars from around the world to meet and help young Vietnamese scientists.... [read more]

The event was initiated by popular Vietnamese Prof. Tran Thanh Van, one of the three Asian scientists who have received the Tate Medal for International Leadership in Physics from the American Institute of Physics (AIP). At the meeting the organising board introduced the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICIS), which will open in the central province of Binh Dinh this August thanks to the great contributions of Prof. Van and his colleagues, many of whom are leading scientists. Eight Nobel Prize winners have accepted Prof. Van’s invitation to join the 9th Rencontres de Vietnam (Vietnamese Meeting) and the opening ceremony of the centre. Vietnamese Ambassador Duong Chi Dung expressed hope that the centre will help attract both domestic and international scientists. He praised Prof. Van’s relentless efforts in supporting disadvantaged children, providing scholarships for students in Vietnam and bringing world famous scientists to the country.... [read more]

Jean Tran Thanh Van was born in 1936 in Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh province. He attended secondary school in Hue, graduated as a Bachelor of Physics in Paris, France, in 1957, and earned his Doctorate of Physics there six years later. Among his research and theory, Professor Van’s work on atomic physics has earned his spurs in the international academic world. He has lectured at Paris University and served as a senior and honorable researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (French National Centre for Scientific Research). He was once awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour and has been appointed an academician and honourable scientific doctor by the Russian Academy. The American Institute of Physics has praised Professor Van’s efforts to promote the development of a modern Vietnamese scientific community through international seminars at the Rencontres de Moriond, the Rencontres de Blois, and Meeting Vietnam. Together with Professor Nguyen Van Hieu, Professor Van has co-sponsored the atomic and astrophysics conference called “Meet Vietnam” in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City a few times. He is also founder of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE), an institution gathering not only young researchers from Vietnam but also emerging scientists from many countries and territories including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Bangladesh. The international fame enjoyed by Professor Van and his wife Professor Le Kim Ngoc has never overshadowed their focus on their homeland. The couple sold Christmas cards…... [read more]

During the event from July 28 to August 17, there are a wide range of activities, including four international scientific conferences – universe in Planck epoch, the theory of relativity and the force of gravity, Nano physics from basic to application, and conference – doors to universe. Since the first Meet Vietnam held in 1993, it has become an important scientific event for the international physic community, providing a good chance for domestic scientists to broaden their knowledge and access latest scientific theories and projects in the world. Doctor Truong Dinh Hien said from now, the central region can be proud to be a centre for leading scientists coming from around the world to discuss and make important decisions on scientific development. The event was organised by the Meeting Vietnam Organisation (MVO) and Physics Professor Tran Thanh Van who provides a chance for Vietnamese scientists to approach international science and for Nobel laureates to visit Vietnam. The centre will be built on an area of 20ha in Ghenh Rang Ward, Quy Nhon City to become one of the three or four largest centres in the world.... [read more]

The groundbreaking ceremony of the science complex, located on Quy Hoa beach in the province's capital city of Quy Nhon, will take place on July 20, the provincial administration said at a press meeting on July 17. The total cost for construction is more than VND171 billion (US$7.85 million), which will be funded by the state budget, according to the plan approved last year by the prime minister. It will consist of three parts, including a planetarium, a science museum and an astronomical observatory. The 3.8ha complex, a round-shaped structure surrounded by rows of coconut trees, is designed by French architect Jean - Francois Milou, who also designed the nearby International Center for Interdisciplinary Science Education of the Meet Vietnam Organization. The science complex is expected to be put into operation in 2017. It is intended to provide a public space of science in Vietnam with the focus on transferring science to the public and growing people’s love of science, especially among young generations, the Binh Dinh administration said in the press release on July 17. The complex is hoped to be used not only for science education but also for scientific tourism development. On the occasion of the groundbreaking of the complex construction, the Meet Vietnam Organization will also organize five international scientific conferences on physics as well as workshops on astrophysics, and particle physics from July 19 to August 22. The events will be attended by reputable scientists including Nobel-winners Jerome Friedman and George Smoot, and well-known Vietnamese…... [read more]

The six months of scientific conferences and events which constituted the 12th edition of Meet Vietnam just wrapped up in the south-central coastal province of Binh Dinh, having pulled 1,600 international scientists into its orbit. The 12th Meet Vietnam consisted of 12 scientific conferences and three international classes specialising in physics. The chain of events opened with a symposium entitled “Mechanobiology: From Molecules to Tissues”, which took place on June 27 at the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE) in Quy Nhon, the city’s dedicated venue for scientific conferences and events. The highlight of the 12th Meet Vietnam was the international conference “Fundamental Science and Society”, which was sponsored by UNESCO and co-organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Binh Dinh People’s Committee, the Meet Vietnam Association, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and the International Solvay Institute. This year marked the 50th anniversary of Meet Moriond, the famous multidisciplinary conference founded in 1966 by Professor Tran Thanh Van, who is also the founder of the Meet Vietnam Association. Meet Vietnam 2016 brought together more than 1,600 high-profile international scientists. The “Fundamental Science and Society” conference attracted nearly 250 participants, among them top Party and state leaders, international and local scientists, six Nobel Prize laureates in Physics, Chemistry, Economics, and Peace disciplines, Ngo Bao Chau, the only Vietnamese national ever to have won a Fields Medal, which is regarded as the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize, and business leaders in science and technology-related trades. “The…... [read more]

The new master’s degree program will give graduates technical skills that best suit the needs of employers in the twenty-first century, said Nguyen Kim Son, president of Vietnam National University on September 9 at the launch. Designed for students who wouldn’t normally take physics, the new interdisciplinary science degree provides another way into physics as graduates can also go on to study an integrated master in physics or another science. The new degree allows the University to better tailor its programs to match student demand and their own expertise. The courses are aimed at people who want to take an interdisciplinary science degree or who didn’t take the right A-levels to study physics but who have the ability to do science. President Son noted this new degree is just what is needed for the Vietnam education system to produce the very best all-round scientists for the country’s technological needs in the 21st century. The program contains core physics such as optics and quantum mechanics together with other courses including the application of science in the modern world offering classes on such areas as climate change, nanoscale science and ecology. Modern day companies need graduates who have multidisciplinary qualities, he said, and are not just experts in one field. Integrated Sciences degrees will be attractive to both students and industry alike. The first class signing up for the new degree is comprised of 72 students for whom courses are starting immediately in concert with the new academic year just getting underway.... [read more]

Lao Cai hammered with flash floods, landslides Flash floods and landslides triggered by a storm struck the northern upland province of Lao Cai early last Friday, leaving three people dead and seven others missing as of the end of the day. According to the provincial committee for natural disaster control, search and rescue, there are five people injured, more than 20 homes washed away by floodwaters and buried by rockslides, 450 other houses flooded and two suspension bridges damaged. Preliminary statistics showed more than 100,000 hectares of just-cultivated rice was inundated and over 1,000 hectares of aquaculture damaged. Total damage is estimated at about VND200 billion. Nguyen Anh Tuan, director of the Lao Cai Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, told the Daily last Friday that Sapa, Bat Xat and Bao Thang districts of the province were hit by heavy downpours on late Thursday and early Friday. Flooding in the Coc San stream area and a sludge overflow from a nearby hill on Friday submerged the Coc San water plant under water and sludge, the committee said. The water treatment plant with a daily capacity of 18,000 to 20,000 cubic meters has stopped operation as a result. It might take at least three days to get the facility resuming water treatment. Due to rising water levels in the Red River, floodwaters have been ebbing slowly. National Highway 4D was struck by landslides. Nearly 100 tourists, mostly foreigners, were stranded on the road on Friday and taken to Sapa District safely…... [read more]

In his opening speech, Professor Van welcomed the more than 55 scientists in attendance from 25 nations to the 12th edition of the conference. The purpose of the dialogue running August 8-13, he said, is to serve as a bridge connecting collaborating scientists on matters pertaining to planetary science and space. This year, scientists speaking at the event have put together a compelling proposal that outlines multiple topics for potential collaborative research regarding ambitious activities related to exploring the solar system with robots and humans. It is the aspiration of ICISE, he noted to serve as a catalyst for domestic and international scientists, enabling them to cross-team and utilize interdisciplinary research to push the boundaries of science in the exploration of the stars. Chairing the meeting is Professor Nick Cox (Institute for research in astronomy, planetary studies and IRAP, Toulousse University-France), he said, with special presentations by famous physicist Josef Hron (Australia), Jacco Van Loon (UK), Paola Marigo (Italy) and Pham Thi Tuyet Nhung (National Academy of science and technology of Vietnam). Since 1993 the Rencontres du Vietnam, which is an official partner of UNESCO, has organized international scientific conferences and schools to foster exchanges between Vietnamese or Asia-Pacific scientists and colleagues from other parts of the world. The construction of the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE) in the city of Quy Nhon had the ambitious objective to focus on developing Science and Education, helping Asian students and scientists meet with the international community, bringing the opportunity to…... [read more]

A Vietnamese scientist has been awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for her contribution to science and education. A Vietnamese scientist has been awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government for her contribution to science and education. Professor Le Kim Ngoc received congratulatory flowers from the authorities of the south-central Vietnamese province of Binh Dinh on Monday at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science Education. Late last week, the French president decided to give an award to Prof. Ngoc for her major contribution to the European country’s science community. The Vietnamese scientist founded the concept of thin cell layer (TCL) which was revolution in the field of plant biotechnology. The innovation is widely used in breeding and genetic technology to produce new varieties. Prof. Ngoc is also chairman of an association which supports Vietnamese children in France, and took part in the construction of the SOS Children's Villages International in Da Lat, Dong Hoi as well as the Thuy Xuan Center for Child Protection in Hue City. Her husband, Prof. Tran Thanh Van, was also awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the French government in 1999. Prof. Ngoc was born in Vinh Long, a province in southern Vietnam, and studied at the University of Sorbone in France in 1953. In 1956, she received the magna cum laude award in the natural science major and worked at the National Center for Scientific Research. Her research has been published in a number of scientific…... [read more]

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