Exhibition on Nobel Laureates makes Asian debut at Science Centre Singapore

Exhibition on Nobel Laureates makes Asian debut at Science Centre Singapore

An exhibition, which features more than 50 scientific Nobel Laureates showing their spontaneous sketches of their discoveries, made its Asian debut at the Science Centre Singapore in Jurong.

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Here is the full statement from the Sketches of Science exhibition:

International travelling exhibition from the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Nobel Museum, Sketches of Science, debuts in Asia at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS) today.

An audiovisual showcase of 50 scientific Nobel Laureates and their sketches of groundbreaking discoveries, the exhibition seeks to inspire and excite the young generation in Singapore to explore and pursue their passion in science and innovation.

Sketches of Science exhibition, held between 17 September 2013 and 22 November 2013, conveys the fun of doing science and demonstrates the beauty of intellectual scientific concepts. The portraits of the Nobel Laureates and their personal spontaneous sketches were shot by award-winning German photographer Volker Steger and the portraits are complemented with interviews, videos and digital presentations in the exhibition. A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore said, "In promoting science amid the changing expectations of the young generation in Singapore, we need to showcase unique modern age exhibitions that can help to trigger their excitement. The Sketches of Science is one such exhibition which provides an unusual peek into the brightest global minds of science and technology and their discoveries."

At the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, the Nobel Laureates were shown into a room where Volker Steger set up a studio and were asked, unexpectedly, to illustrate their complex discoveries on a blank sheet of paper using a sheaf of coloured pens. The scientists not only spontaneously sketched out their discoveries but also posed with them, radiating the fun of doing science. Among the portraits on display include Françoise Barré-Sinoussi who won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2008 for the discovery of human immunodeficiency virus and Sir Timothy Hunt who won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 2001 for the discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle.

Photographer Volker Steger said, "I wanted to portray the Nobel Laureates and their discoveries in a very personal way. The idea was to get something spontaneous; while the sketches turned out to be as varied as the Nobel Laureates and their discoveries, they equally demonstrated the beauty of intellectual concepts and their great minds at work. I am glad that this exhibition has travelled to debut in Asia and I hope that it will help to catalyse creative scientific ideas and spark the innovative spirit among the young ones."

Commenting on his experience, Sir Timothy Hunt said, "The photo session for the exhibition proved rather different - never did we expect to be challenged to illustrate our scientific discoveries in this manner! I'm glad to be part of this project where we got to show our passion for science and innovation in a lighter way."

Sketches of Science is a joint project of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Stockholm Nobel Museum, funded mainly by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung. The two-month long exhibition in Singapore is organised by SCS, and is part of the collaboration between National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister's Office, Singapore and Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. It has been supported by Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), DSO National Laboratories and Ministry of Education, Singapore and leads up to the Global Young Scientists @one-north 2014, an international gathering of young researchers from all over the world in Singapore who delve into the latest advances in science and technology and ways in which the research can be harnessed to address major global challenges that we are faced with.

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