|Professor Gerard’t Hooft (second, right) and Professor Trần Thanh Vân (first right) have a chat following a ceremony held to name the Science Avenue in coastal city of Quy Nhơn. — Photo tuoitre.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – The central Bình Định Province received its first-ever Science Avenue following a naming ceremony co-organised by provincial People’s Committee and the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE) on Thursday.
The Science Avenue connects National Highway 1D and the science and education urban area located in Zone II in coastal city of Quy Nhơn’s Ghềnh Ráng Ward. The 192ha urban area is home to the ICISE, a scientific space complex and research institutes.
Speaking at the ceremony, co-owner of 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics Professor Gerard’t Hooft said it was his honour to partake in affixing the Science Avenue plate on the road. The Dutch professor said he is convinced that the road will welcome many more scientists.
Construction of the avenue began in 2013.
As the President of Rencontres du Vietnam, Prof. Hooft is in Việt Nam to attend a scientific event on cosmography in Quy Nhơn City this week.
Chairman of the Meet Vietnam Organisation, Professor Trần Thanh Vân said: "On such a small road there is a big spirit to develop science.”
“Similarly, each of us, though small, is full of giant ideas and fond of discovering giant things. For that road to develop forever, it is essential to build a science avenue: a science urban area strongly developing on behalf of the future," Prof. Vân added.
The avenue leads to a valley where the Bình Định Province’s People’s Committee has set aside a 200ha zone for the first science urban area in Việt Nam and the region, designed by French architect Jean François Milou, Tuổi trẻ (Youth) reported. — VNS