Six Nobel laureates, including India-born biochemist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, have confirmed participation for a Nobel laureates exhibition and symposium at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, a first for the annual event, to be held from January 10 to 13, 2017.
The others who have confirmed their participation are Harold E Varmus, William E Moerner, Randy Schekman, Ada Yonath and David Gross.
“As of now, we have six confirmations and the number is likely to go up in the coming days,” state Secretary (Science and Technology) Dhananjay Dwivedi said on Saturday.
The six scientists will participate in “Nobel Media Exhibition”, scheduled to be inaugurated at Gujarat Science City in Ahmedabad by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 9.
The event will also include a closed-door interaction between Modi, the Nobel laureates, top scientists and a select batch of students, according to information received here.
On January 10, the Noble laureates will participate in a symposium on “Innovation and Economic Growth”, and “Innovation and its uses to spur societal benefits”.
Both events will be held before the Prime Minister inaugurates the Vibrant Gujarat summit the same day.
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan had shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 with Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath. David Gross had won the Nobel for Physics in 2004, Randy Schekman for Physiology in 2013, William Moerner for Chemistry in 2014, and Harold Varmus for Physiology in 1989.
“The Nobel Laureates Exhibition and Symposium will boost the morale of the youth of Gujarat and encourage them to think creatively,” Dwivedi said in an official release issued here on Saturday.
Dwivedi later told The Sunday Express, “We have a tripartite agreement with the Union Department of Biotechnology and Noble Media for the event (in January) where we are looking to host 10-12 Nobel Laureates. We are expecting about 4-6 more confirmations soon.”
He said the invites have been restricted to experts in the field of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Medicine.
The Science City is being readied for the event. A separate exhibition area is being set up where the Nobel media team will set up exhibits.
Officials in the Gujarat government said the Centre might consider making the Nobel laureate exhibit an annual event and it will be taken to other states as well.