On October 27th, 2019, a science exchange session of the 2019 World Young Scientist Summit (Wenzhou) themed "Discovering the Edges of Life" was held at the Xuguang Hall of Wenzhou Medical University. Four scientists gathered at Wenzhou Medical University to give science talks for 500-plus teachers and students, namely, Hervé Le Treut, a world-renowned climatologist, member of the French Academy of Sciences, French Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Academia Europaea, Piet Herdewijn, a member of the Royal Academy of Medical Sciences of Belgium and Tenured Professor of the University of Leuven, together with his assistant Dr.Lingjie Gao,and Philippe Marlière, a French biologist and inventor. Based on their own scientific research experience, they led the audience to discover the edges of life in different research fields.
Cao Jianming, Vice President of Wenzhou Medical University, extended a warm welcome to the four experts and sincere gratitude to the provincial and municipal Association for Science and Technology for their substantial support. He also took pride in the fact that WMU actively hosted many international forums and events during the World Young Scientist Summit, including the Vision 2019 International Forum on Ophthalmic Innovation and 2019 Grand Challenge for Global Vision Innovation of Eye Valley @ China, the International Forum on Psychiatry, the High-Level Dialogue on Precision Nutrition and Chronic Metabolic Diseases, the International Nursing Forum and so on. All these events have put emphasis on“converging the world’s talents and creating a better future”, which gathered WMUers and experts from various countries to come up with better ideas for the future development of Wenzhou.
Hervé Le Treut
With the topic of “Global Climate Change from an Environmental Perspective”,Professor Hervé Le Treut analysed the case of a series of chain reactions caused by climate change in the Bordeaux region of France and then extended to the tremendous influence of greenhouse gas emissions on the global natural environment, which, based on the scientific research of the team, provided theoretical support for human beings to cope with global warming.
Piet Herdewijn, Lingjie Gao
Professor Piet Herdewijn, a member of the Royal Academy of Medical Sciences of Belgium and Tenured Professor of the University of Leuven, and his assistant Dr. Lingjie Gao, introduced the development process, market prospects and expected effects of new broad-spectrum antiviral drugs. They also encouraged young students to set up a rigorous attitude toward academic research and actively participate in scientific research so as to address the health problems facing human beings.
French biologist and inventor Philippe Marlière, honored as a pioneer of synthetic biology in Europe, introduced the evolution and development of life and the possibility of expanding human life boundary to the present teachers and students based on the theme of “survival of the fittest” from a biological perspective.
The scientists all held the view that current dilemmas facing human beings include the global population surge, the aging of population, and global warming. “It just takes a few decades for the population to grow from 3 billion to 8 billion." Piet Herdewijn said that humans have extended the length of life through nearly a hundred years of effort, and the invention of many effective drugs eliminated most deadly diseases. However, the struggle between mankind and diseases has not come to an end at all. He urged that different countries could strengthen cooperation in various subjects and jointly protect human health. Dr.Lingjie Gao also made an outlook on human health in the future, and considered developing effective drugs and reducing the side effects of drugs as an urgent major issue. Besides, Professor Hervé Le Treut emphasized that human activities have had a major impact on the planet. Only by strengthening global collaboration and actively coping with global warming could we achieve sustainable development.
After the speech, the three scientists also interacted with the students of Wenzhou Medical University and had face-to-face discussions on climate change, biology, and pharmacy. Vice-president Cao Jianming concluded that the university attached great importance to the cultivation of students' scientific literacy and scientific research ability. He hoped that through this exchange event, young students could have a knowledge of the world's cutting-edge research results. More importantly, their horizons will be broadened, ideas will be enlightened and technology innovation will be motivated!