This week, Yerevan has been hosting five Nobel laureates in medical sciences delivering nine lectures on topics of biochemistry, physics and medicine, presenting their inventions, scientific achievements and unique success stories in the professional field to the Armenian audience.
The event held under the motto of “Be Inspired and Create” is the first of its kind in the region. It is taking place at the Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU) after Mkhitar Heratsi. The organizers believe that it is a unique scientific experience, which is aimed at discovering facts about the scientific achievements worth sharing the Nobel heritage. This is also an opportunity for a dialogue between scientists of different backgrounds, religions and traditions.
“We appreciate our scientific potential. We have great respect for traditions of education, but we have a great desire, during these five days, through the help of the Nobel laureates, to create and actualize new scientific programs and destinations, which will allow our young people, students to engage in the directions that are led by Nobel laureates, who arrived in Armenia,” said YSMU Rector Mikael Narimanyan.
Three of the Nobel laureates, who arrived in Armenia, biologist Aaron Ciechanover, Ada E. Yonath, chemist and physicist Dan Shechtman are from Israel, John Warren is from Australia and chemist Ei-ichi Negishi is from Japan.
Aaron Ciechanover with Avram Hershko and Irwin Rose received Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004. Ada E. Yonath received Nobel Prize for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome in 2009. Dan Shechtman became Nobel laureate in 2011. John Warren received Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2005. He is credited with the 1979 re-discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. Ei-ichi Negishi was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work in using palladium as a catalyst in producing organic molecules.
According to Narimanyan, Nobel-level persons represent everything the way they see.
“There is a saying: a talented person reaches the goal that others cannot reach, whereas geniuses see the goals that others cannot see. What they see is important for us. The Nobel laureates are going to teach here. They will present their Nobel lectures. A lecture is not a mere content. It is a serious art. It is a lesson not only for students, but also a master class for lecturers,” he said.
According to Konstantin Yenkoyan, the vice chancellor of the YSMU, certain mentality has to be changed. People must understand that science is not just about defending doctoral theses or dissertations, which are usually done for career growth.
“They should see what it means to be a real scientist. They should also see what a real scientist can achieve. We should be inspired and, on that basis, should create new things, things of everlasting value,” he said.