“Meet Vietnam” could not attract Vietnamese ?

The conference “Windows on the Universe,” an important part of “Meet Vietnam” was opened on August 12 morning with the participation of the world’s five well- known physics - the Nobel prize winners, and 200 scientists from all over the world. The conference addressed the core issues of particle physics and cosmology.

Only some 10 Vietnamese students and postgraduates have attended the conference.

Prior to that, within the frame of the ninth “Meet Vietnam,” the two integrated conferences themed --"Cosmology of the Planck era," "General relativity and gravitation" did not see any Vietnamese young scientists.

“I heard about the conference a long time ago, but I cannot attend the event. In order to get an admission ticket, I would have to pay $400, and I would have to pay for my meals and accommodations as well,” said Nguyen Hung Tuan, who is a student of the HCM City University Natural Sciences.

“I would really love to attend the big event. But I cannot arrange such a big sum of money,” he added.

Nguyen Hoang Dai Nghia, a fourth year physics majoring student of the HCM City University of Natural Sciences, said he was so lucky when he was chosen to attend the event.

When hearing about the conference, Nghia and more than a half of the classmates registered to attend the event. However, the school informed that it would choose three students only, who have good English skills and professional knowledge enough to introduce to “Meet Vietnam.” Finally, Nghia became the only student accepted.

“I was luckier than my friends who could not attend the conference. I received the strong support from Professor Tran Thanh Van, while the expenses were covered by the organization board.

Nghia said that Vietnamese students in general, don’t have many opportunities to meet big scientists. The conference should have been the golden opportunity for them to learn more about the scientific research trends being followed by the big scientists.

Prof Tran Thanh Van, Chair of Meet Vietnam, said he always thinks about what to do to help Vietnamese young scientists, but Meet Vietnam alone would not be able to cover all the issues.

The inspirations which cannot be nurtured

After finishing the Hanoi University of Natural Sciences, Hoang Thu Trang has been working for the Institute of Materials Science (the Academy of Science and Technology of Vietnam) for one year.

“I have been meeting big obstacles in following my scientific research. Though it is a big research institute in Vietnam, it cannot provide sufficient experiment equipments,” Trang complained.

The young scientist said there were 150 students at the physics majoring class at the university. However, only 10 of them still continue physics studies. “They really want to follow scientific research, but they can’t, because they cannot be equipped with the most essential instruments for conducting research,” Trang said.

Dr. Nguyen Trong Hien from NASA, noted that Vietnam cannot provide necessary equipment for the scientists to conduct their research works. This explains why a lot of Vietnamese researchers have to go abroad to seek what they want.

Báo Người Lao Động / VietNamNet Bridge - August 17, 2013

Quy Nhon City hosts Int’l Physics Science Conference

About 80 Vietnamese and international scientists are attending the conference, including American physicist Jack Steinberger, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics 1988. Nobel Laureates in 2006, 2004, 1979 and 1985 are George Smoot, David J.Gross, Sheldon Lee Glashow and Klaus Von Klitzing.

Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, German particle physicist and the Director General of CERN since 2009 and Prof. Ngo Bao Chau who was awarded the 2010 Fields Medal at the 26th International Congress of Mathematicians are Guests of Honor at the conference.

The event is part of many activities marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France, and the 20th anniversary of the conference which was held for the first time in 1993.

On the occasion, the event’s organizer, Meeting Vietnam Organization, will inaugurate the International Center of Interdisciplinary Science Education (ICISE) in Quy Nhon City.

The center will focus on enhancing scientific knowledge and developing a close network of international cooperation for scientific research and education in Vietnam.

The International Physics Science Conference will be on until August 17.

Sài Gòn Giải Phóng / VietNamNet Bridge - July 30, 2013