Joanna Nassar (Electrical Engineering) and Mohamed Zidan (Electrical Engineering), two CEMSE doctoral student, have been invited to the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which will be held on June 28-July 3. A record number of 70 laureates and 672 young scientists from 88 countries will participate. It will be the fourth interdisciplinary meeting bringing together Nobel laureates and young scientists from the fields of physiology and medicine, physics and chemistry.
The selection of the young researcher attendees is made in cooperation with the meeting's academic partners. Participants are nominated by more than 100 institutions, and some are also nominated by specific Nobel laureates. Those showing a genuine interest in science and research and a strong commitment to their principal field of studies and to interdisciplinary work are invited to attend the event.
"I hope that I'll gain a lot of experience from such a meeting," said Mohammed Zidan, a Ph.D. student from the KAUST Sensors Lab, under Prof. Khaled N. Salama. He sees this as an opportunity not only to learn from some of the best scientific minds on earth, the Nobel Laureates but also to interact with fellow young scientists in his age range aiming to become Nobel Laureates themselves one day. "Seeing the full spectrum from the beginning to the endpoint is very motivating," as he shared. Mohammed's exceptional potential was also recognized through being awarded the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society Pre-Doctoral Scholarship. The IEEE awards the fellowships annually to two pre-doctoral students worldwide. It was notably the first time that the award went to a student outside of the United States.
"I think this will be a great opportunity to meet with the greatest minds and get connections that will help me for my future path and career," said Joanna Nassar from KAUST's Integrated Nanotechnology Laboratory under Prof. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain. Joanna is eager to share her ideas with the other young scientists at the Lindau Meeting and also see their ideas and perspectives. "Hopefully we can try to unite our scientific thoughts, find collaboration opportunities, and make them interested in our research here at KAUST" as she adds.
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