BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Professor Kip Thorne obtained the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for the primary direct detection of gravitational waves whose sign was generated by the collision of two black holes 1.three billion years in the past. Professor Thorne shouldn’t be solely an outstanding scientist, however he additionally consulted on and co-authored Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster movie Interstellar.
In his newest speech because the ESET Science Award worldwide jury chair, Professor Thorne identified the significance of listening to scientists and respecting scientific information.
“Science and expertise primarily based on scientific analysis are key to fixing issues corresponding to pandemics or local weather change. However I take into account it equally necessary to encourage the respect of politicians and the general public for science and scientists.”
Professor Thorne reiterated that viral illnesses are one among humanity’s most critical issues at the moment. “Many international locations have ignored the voice of scientists in coping with the pandemic. Slovakia generally is a optimistic instance for the world, on how scientific options can save many lives,” he defined close to the present COVID-19 scenario, whereas declaring the unique Slovak analysis on the coronavirus.
Funded by the ESET Basis, a crew of Slovak scientists developed their very own internationally validated COVID-19 exams. In a speedy response to the pandemic, the crew donated 100,000 kits for routine testing to the Slovak Republic and has made the exams accessible to different international locations.
Since becoming a member of because the chair of the worldwide jury of the second yr of the ESET Science Award, Professor Thorne is devoted to help the initiative within the coming years. The ESET Basis and ESET proceed of their purpose of supporting and recognizing scientists and researchers in Slovakia – and, sooner or later, in different elements of the world.
“We want new generations of leaders who will lead the world to accountable and science-based options. The important thing advantage of the ESET Science Award is that this inspiration and recognition of how necessary science is for society,” mentioned Professor Thorne.
The ESET Science Award is held beneath the auspices of Zuzana Čaputová, President of the Slovak Republic, and has obtained reward from worldwide personalities corresponding to Sir Roger Penrose, who’s one the recipients of the 2020 Nobel Prize for Physics.
“I imagine that the authority of science and scientists must be taken into consideration within the public discourse too. As a result of not solely can we reside in an period with a world pandemic, but in addition an infodemic, one which is outlined by the systematic manufacturing of misinformation,” Mrs. Čaputová mentioned in her opening tackle.
On the ceremony, Fedor Šimkovic was named laureate within the class Excellent Persona of Slovak Science, Tamás Csanádi was named winner within the Excellent Younger Scientist beneath 35 class, and Ivan Varga turned the Excellent College Trainer laureate.
The ESET Science Award jury comprised different glorious scientists and researchers, specifically, the Czech chemist Hana Dvořáková, British biologist Fiona Watt, German physicist Rolf-Dieter Heuer (former Director of CERN), German chemist Ralf Riedel and Hungarian mathematician Tibor Krisztin.
Concerning the ESET Basis
ESET Basis was established in 2011 and its main actions embody the event of schooling within the subject of data expertise, web safety, popularization of science and analysis, in addition to help for civil society initiatives. ESET Basis has established long-term partnerships with organizations whose objectives and outputs contribute to the achievement of its mission. For extra data, go to www.nadaciaeset.sk.