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The ten most outstanding scientific and technological events of 2018

Update: December, 27/2018 - 19:00
Scientists honoured in the ceremony announcing the ten most outstanding science and technology events of 2018. — VNA/VNS Photo Tạ Nguyên
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Việt Nam Science and Technology Journalists’ Club has announced its selection of 10 outstanding scientific and technological events in 2018.

This was the 13th consecutive event, held by the Club and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology on Tuesday.

The ten events were selected by 40 journalists specialising in science and technology, coming from nearly 20 national and local mass media agencies.

The events belong to the areas of policies, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, applied research and honouring scientists.

      The top 10 events were:

  1. The project titled Digitised Vietnamese Knowledge System was formally launched and chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam with the aim of “Sharing knowledge – Fostering innovation – Connecting communities – For the better future of the Vietnamese”. The project will build an integrated knowledge system in all areas, contributing to creating conditions for people to learn and master knowledge, enhancing research and creativity as well as boosting advanced scientific and technological applications for development.
  2. Dr. Trần Đình Phong, head of the Fundamental and Applied Sciences Department at the University of Science and Technology of Hà Nội (USTH), won the 2018 Tạ Quang Bửu Award for his research in physics entitled ‘Coordination polymer structure and revisited hydrogen evolution catalytic mechanism for amorphous molybdenum sulfide’. His study makes headway in finding solutions for cutting energy use and CO2 emissions.
  3. Software to calculate charge in real time, ‘vOCS 3.0’ from Military Industry and Telecoms Group Viettel, received the Best Product or Service of the Year prize at the International Business Stevie Awards. The software has been used in 11 nations with about 170 million mobile subscribers. The software can customise an individual package for each user, and is easily applied in various markets around the world.
  4. MSc. Lê Văn Luân and his collaborators from the Centre for High Technology Development developed a snow ice generator that uses sea water. The machine is made from materials that can resist salt corrosion. Users can adjust the density of the snow ice. It is light, durable and has a simple structure, making it suitable for Vietnamese fishing boats.
  5. Vingroup introduced its VNĐ2 trillion Supporting Fund for Scientific and Technological Research to finance studies in the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, Nano technology, renewable energy and new generations of materials.
  6. Á Châu Factory for Hi-tech Electronic Equipment was launched in Hòa Lạc Hi-tech Park in Hà Nội. The event marks a milestone in manufacturing, managing and automatically monitoring the energy system. 
  7. The high-level forum and international exhibition on Industry 4.0 (Industry 4.0 Summit 2018) kicked off with the aim of building policies that allow Việt Nam to actively participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and provide opportunities for investment in the technological field.
  8. Vietnamese Prof. Đàm Thanh Sơn from Chicago University and physicists Subir Sachdev from Harvard University and Xiao-Gang Wen from Massachusetts Institute of Technology received the 2018 Dirac Medal for their research on how quantum mechanics affects large groups of particles, also known as many-body systems. They found laws on how quantum mechanics affect the activities of very tiny particles, contributing to the discovery of new states of matter besides the traditional gas, liquid and solid states.
  9. Dr. Nguyễn Thị Hiệp, lecturer on biomedical technology at the International University, a member of the HCM City National University, was honoured as an International Rising Talent by the L’Oréal – UNESCO Fund in France for her contribution to regenerative medicine. Her research team tested the use of bio-glue to optimise its safety and effectiveness in hope of creating a product that can stick to any kind of injury to eliminate bacteria and boost the tissue regeneration process.
  10. The remains of accommodations of pre-historic people in Krong No Vocanic Cave in the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) province of Đắk Nông were discovered. This proved the adaptation of residents in the Basalt land of the Tây Nguyên region and was a milestone in anthropology and paleoanthropology in Việt Nam. These were the first human remains discovered in a Southeast Asian volcanic cave. ­­ — VNS



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