Five Nobel Laureates gather at Fudan Science and Innovation Forum to discuss cutting-edge global technology and future innovation


The 2nd Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award ceremony and the 3rd Fudan Science and Innovation Forum was held in Shanghai on December 17th, which gathered worlds’ top scientists to discuss and exchange their views on the cutting-edge global technology and innovation trends.

Rainer Weiss, Kip Stephen Thorne and Barry Clark Barish, winners of the 2017 Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award and this year’s Nobel Prize laureates in Physics, attended the ceremony and gave a joint report entitled “LIGO and the Discovery of Gravitational Waves”. 

Professor Ding Zhaozhong, the famous experimental physicist, the 1976 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, and Chairperson of the Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award Committee, announced the winners of the 2nd Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award. Professor Klaus von. Klitzing, the 1985 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics, gave a keynote speech entitled “A New Kilogram in 2018: The Biggest Revolution in Metrology since the French Revolution” and Professor Pan Jianwei, member of the Chinese Academy of Science and vice-president of the USTC, gave a keynote speech entitled “Global Quantum Communication Network and Future Prospects”.

Also present at the Forum were Jiao Yang, Party Secretary of Fudan, Professor Xu Ningsheng, President of Fudan and CAS Academician, Mr. Wang Wei, chairperson of Zhongzhi Enterprise Group, as well as delegates from other universities. Professor Klitzing, President Xu and Mr. Wang presented the Award certificates and trophies to the award winners. 

On the evening of 16th , three Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award winners paid their visit to Fudan and had a conversation about the wonders of the universe and scientific exploration with Fudan undergraduates, postgraduates, and students from the high school affiliated with Fudan. They encouraged the students to seek new inspiration in different fields while focusing on their own specialized area and stressed that the future for young scientists is bright and hopeful. As the scientific consultant of the sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar,   Professor Thorne also came to the Interstellar movie screening on the evening of 17th to tell the stories behind the screen to the Chinese fans. 

The Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award was co-founded by Fudan University and the Zhongzhi Enterprise Group in 2015, aiming at honoring the world’s scientists that have made significant contribution in mathematics, physics and biology. The winners will share a prize of ¥3,000,000 offered by Zhongzhi

Fudan Science and Innovation Forum, hosted by Fudan University, organized by Fudan Institute for Advanced Academic Research, and sponsored by Zhongzhi Enterprise Group, was launched in 2015 in response to the nation’s innovation-driven development strategy. The Forum has the aim of promoting Shanghai’s transformation into a science and innovation hub with global influence by building up an international platform for intellectual exchange focusing on the global technology frontiers and innovation trends. 

The 3-day Forum, which consisted of a main forum and three sub-forums, was attended by over 400 guests who are active members of global academic, business and political communities, with themes ranging from big data, quantum physics, and innovation and entrepreneurship, among others.