CAST president stresses youth innovation at WYSS 2023
updated: 2023-11-16 00:00:00

The World Young Scientist Summit 2023 (WYSS) was held in Wenzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 11, 2023. With this year's topic focusing on “Youth Innovation for a Sustainable Future”, the two-day event featured a wide array of activities.

Addressing the event in a video speech, Wan Gang, president of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), pointed out that the development of science and innovation is attributed to opening-up. The foundation of global sci-tech exchange and cooperation lies in the people, with its future in the youth.

He expressed his hope that young scientists would stick to collaboration, inclusiveness, openness and innovation, bridge the gaps among diverse systems, cultures, languages and disciplines, cooperate with each other in scientific research, and jointly address global challenges through the WYSS platform with confidence, wisdom, and strength.  

Being increasingly open and inclusive with continuous development and innovation, China will remain committed to providing a broad stage for young scientists from all over the world. At the same time, a real and comprehensive picture of China will be presented to the international sci-tech community, and help the world develop a deeper understanding of China, said Wan.

Furthermore, Wan shared that he hoped young scientists would forge ahead in advancing sci-tech innovation, and uphold fundamental principles while breaking new ground.

On the sci-tech innovation front, young scientists should seek truth and study theories, in a bid to continuously strengthen their basic research skills and original innovation ability, and advance scientific practices, according to Wan.

Meanwhile, they are encouraged to innovate new concepts and methods, conduct in-depth research, and engage in innovation and entrepreneurship, to facilitate the transformation of imagination, creativity, and productivity into pragmatic practices. It's expected that young scientists will take the lead in improving the style of study and work, while abiding by ethical norms across the sci-tech field.

Additionally, it's essential for young scientists to contribute to science popularization, and disseminate the benefits of sci-tech innovation and development across the whole of society.

Wan Gang urged young scientists to follow the approach of consultation and collaboration for shared benefits, and to contribute their strength and wisdom to building a global community with a shared future.

As a platform for high-end young talents worldwide, the WYSS was jointly launched and hosted by the CAST and the People's Government of Zhejiang Province, with the theme of "Converging the World's Talents, Creating a Better Future". Since its debut in 2019, the summit has been held for five consecutive years.

Source: Official Wechat account of the CISTE, VOC