全球顶尖科学家同台we大会 腾讯联合自然科研推出“全球影响力大奖” – Caijing

What happened: Tech behemoth Tencent has set up the Driving Global Impact Awards with leading science publication Nature’s affiliate Nature Research. The Awards aims to discover and support science projects led by young scientists who are new to basic research. Tencent, with huge tech demand, has promised to provide capital, entrepreneurial networking, and assistance to the projects’ commercial implementation to winners. The focus sector for the Awards for the near future is brain science.

Why it’s important: During the Awards set up announcement, Sir Philip Campbell, former editor-in-chief at scientific journal Nature, said a key shift in fundamental research, communication, and social impact is the increasing importance of “transformative research”, research projects going beyond the boundary of pure science to broader social and commercial applications. His words were seen as an encouragement to the integration of research and resources outside the academia. Meanwhile, the focus on brain science comes from Tencent’s ambition in AI-driven healthcare including solutions to global problems such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com