Over 3,000 scientists and researchers from 35 countries take part in Central Asia Nobel Fest Live 2020

Over 3,000 scientists and researchers from 35 countries take part in Central Asia Nobel Fest Live 2020

Central Asia Nobel Fest Live kicked off in Kazakhstan on October 1. The online scientific symposium gathered eminent scientists from all over the world. Speakers include seven Nobel laureates and three winners of the Breakthrough Prize, known as the ‘Oscars of Science’. It is enough to name the figures to understand the scale of the event. These are more than 3,000 participants, 35 countries, 105 cities and 137 universities. The speakers will be discussing current topics during the four-day festival. The focus is on global trends and challenges in four key areas, including the future of human capital, technologies that change the world, new frontiers of science and medicine, and an inclusive economy and sustainable development. 

“Science, technology and innovation are the drivers of progress. Knowledge is the main component of development. Now, in the context of global pandemic, we have witnessed that only countries with high scientific and technological potential can quickly restore economic growth and remain at the forefront of development,” said Director of the Inclusive Development Foundation Maksat Kurbenov at the opening ceremony of the festival.

The first day of the forum began with the session ‘Towards Inclusive Education’. Participants agreed that it is increasingly seen as one of the necessary solutions to economic problems. This includes reducing social welfare costs and promoting cohesion. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, women’s rights activist and journalist Tawakkol Karman said that the world community could lose much of what has been achieved in previous years due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The issue of inclusive education should be a major concern for the entire international community. It is necessary to understand that full-fledged inclusive education cannot be achieved individually, but only through joint efforts by both international organizations and government agencies,” Karman stressed.

The Central Asia Nobel Fest Live will last until October 4. The prominent scientists and economists will be discussing the medicine, the development of artificial intelligence and its impact on the labor market, methods of combating diseases of the future, and many others. The organizers said that the festival will help build a new knowledge base in the region. They also assured that this is not the last such event of this scale in the region of Central Asia and the Caucasus. There are plans to hold the Nobel Fest in various scientific fields several times a year.