Sixth Asian Science Camp

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The Sixth Asian Science Camp, which began on 26 August 2012, was hosted by Israel and took place in Jerusalem. The Asian Science Camp (ASC), developed by two Nobel Prize recipients[1] and based on the Lindau meetings,[2][3] is an annual forum described as an event "to enlighten science-talented youths in Asia through discussions with world scholars, as well as to promote international friendship and cooperation young Asian students."[4] Approximately 300 Asian students from twenty-two Asian countries attended the event.


In terms of the number of participants, the Sixth Asian Science Camp is the largest of all the previous camps.[5]

Twenty-two Asian countries sent students from high schools and colleges to the event. The Israeli delegation was the largest (35 participants), followed by China (34 participants), India (33 participants), and Japan (24 participants). In addition, students from Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, Nepal, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Georgia, Armenia, Turkmenistan, and Myanmar attended.[1] Approximately 300 Asian students attended in total.[5]

The Israeli Foreign Ministry stated that the ministry wanted to ensure that Israel would be able to host the event, and was working for months in this pursuit. The ministry said that the organizers of the Sixth Asian Science Camp expressed an interest in having Israel host the event, and that "many people in Asia... are curious about Israel’s successes in high-tech and science." The foreign ministry described the Sixth Asian Science Camp as "an important project, one that was one of our top goals for 2012, a special year in which Israel is emphasizing its relations with Asian countries."[1]

Nobel Prize recipients[edit]

Ten Nobel Prize recipients were invited to lecture at the event. Among these recipients are Robert Aumann (economics), Aaron Ciechanover (chemistry), Makoto Kobayashi (physics), Roger D. Kornberg (chemistry), and Yuan T. Lee (chemistry).[6]


The Asian Science Camp took place at the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.[7] Lectures and discussions by five Nobel Prize recipients, as well as over 20 leading scientists, were held at the event. The discussions by these scientists involved a diverse range of fields, including biology, physics, genetics, mathematics, and space travel.

Students at the Sixth Asian Science Camp also took part in a creative poster competition,[1][4] and went on trips to Israeli tourist sites, Israeli university laboratories, various high-tech companies, and social gatherings.[1]

The slogan for the Sixth Asian Science Camp was "Young Science for the Future."[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Shamah, David (15 August 2012). "Israel to host 'genius camp' for aspiring scientists". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "ASC 2011". Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Asian Science Camp 2012, Jerusalem, Israel". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Asian Science Camp kicks off in Jerusalem". Xinhuanet. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Singh, Rachna (20 August 2012). "Indian delegation is largest at Jerusalem Asian science camp". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Phyu, Yhoon Hnin (13–19 August 2012). "Students to take part in Asia Science Camp 2012". The Myanmar Times. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sixth Asian Science Camp - 2012". KVPY. Retrieved 18 December 2012.