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Wednesday, November 09 2022 - 16:16
5th World Laureates Forum opens with the inaugural WLA Prize award ceremony
SHANGHAI, Nov. 9, 2022 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

The fifth World Laureates Forum, or WLA Forum, successfully held in Shanghai, 
featuring 60 top scientists worldwide, including 27 Nobel Prize laureates. 

On the annual theme of the forum, "Science Forward: Create a Bright Future", 
Roger Kornberg, Chairman of the World Laureates Association (WLA) and laureate 
of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2006, explained that the world is changing 
fast, and science can help us deal with the challenges in the future. Before 
its official opening, various meetings and events, including WLA Zero Carbon 
Forum, WLA SHE Forum, the WLA Sci-T Conference, and the newly-launched WLA 
Laboratories Forum, have been held since 29 October. (Follow WLA Forum at 
Twitter & Facebook @wlaforum)

Notably, the inaugural World Laureates Association Prize (WLA Prize) was 
awarded to two scientists at the opening ceremony on 6 November. The 2022 WLA 
Prize in Computer Science or Mathematics was awarded to Michael I. Jordan, 
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences & 
Department of Statistics, UC Berkeley, for his fundamental contributions to the 
foundations of machine learning and its application. And the 2022 WLA Prize in 
Life Science or Medicine was awarded to German biochemist Dirk Gorlich, 
Scientific member and Director, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary 
Sciences, for his key discoveries elucidating the mechanism and selectivity of 
protein transport between the cytoplasm and nucleus.

Michael I. Jordan, 2022 WLA Prize Laureate in Computer Science or Mathematics - 
"We have a tradition at Berkeley that when someone gets a prize, on the email, 
there's a congratulation from everybody going around all day long. So it's very 
nice you get 100 emails of congratulations."

Dirk Gorlich, 2022 WLA Prize Laureate in Life Science or Medicine - "I felt 
surprised and very happy. I felt extremely honored. I should also say one 
should not do science just in waiting for an award. Science itself is very 
rewarding. It's a great privilege to do science."

The monetary award for each prize is 10 million yuan ($1.39 million). More 
information about the nomination of the WLA Prize in 2023 will be announced at 
the official website

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Source: World Laureates Association (WLA)

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   Caption: Two WLA Prize Laureates received medals at Inaugural WLA Prize 
Award Ceremony of the 5th World Laureates Forum on 6 November.