YOUNG RESEARCHERS SHARED WITH NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS IN CHEMISTRY

GLOBAL WARMING AND THE RESISTANCE TO ANTIBIOTICS WERE THE TOPICS ADDRESSED DURING THIS MEETING OF SCIENCE LEADERS HELD IN GERMANY.



July 28, 2017

Two scientists linked to our University were part of the 420 young people from more than 80 countries who met with 28 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners, on the occasion of the 67° edition of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.
At this week-long meeting, carried out at the Constance Lake (Germany), our University was represented by Dr. Felipe Jiménez, lecturer of the Department of Basic Biomedical Sciences and a member of the Multidisciplinary Scientific Core of the Research Unit, and by Olesksandra Trofymchuck, a postdoc student under Professor Leonardo Santos, from the Institute of Chemistry of Natural Resources.

Our University, together the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, were the only two institutions representing Chile in this Scientific meeting.

Felipe Jiménez highlighted the opportunity to share with Mario Molina, 1995 Nobel Prize for his studies in atmospheric chemistry and decomposition of the ozone layer, and to listen to the speech of Steven Chu, winner of the award in 1997, on how to explain to people the climate change process and collaborate to curb this problem. He also recalled that Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath, winners of 2009the Nobel Prize, talked about the threat to global health as a result of the resistance to antibiotics.

In addition, they were present at Bernard Feringa’s conference, 2016winner for his work on the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

"Beyond the great privilege of being able to listen to these important scientists talking about their careers and getting first-hand what is normally found in biochemistry or chemistry books as basic knowledge, the most striking thing was the opportunity to mingle and easily talk to them," said Felipe Jiménez.



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