Two MacDiarmid students chosen to attend Global Young Scientists Summit 2023

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Two MacDiarmid students chosen to attend Global Young Scientists Summit 2023

8 September, 2022

Two MacDiarmid Institute-affiliated students have been selected to attend the tenth Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) in Singapore, 17-20 January 2023

Mohsin Ijaz is a PhD student supervised by Emeritus Investigator, Professor Richard Blaikie at the University of Otago. His doctoral research is in efficient solar to hydrogen conversion using nanoplasmonics. He is also the Otago representative on the MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association (MESA), providing MacDiarmid Institute students with opportunities for further upskilling and connection.  

Maia Dean is one of our Discovery Scholars, also at the University of Otago, undertaking a Bachelor of Science with majors in Chemistry and Physics. Watch her Discovery Scholar profile video here where she talks about her love for quantum mechanics and what it means to be a Pacific Island scientist in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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(Left to Right) Maia Dean and Mohsin Ijaz

Now in its tenth year, the Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) brings together a select group of young researchers from around the world to discuss science and technology trends and how research could address major global challenges. This year the theme for the Summit is "Advancing Science, Creating Technologies for a Better World". Over four-days, the multi-disciplinary summit will enable young researchers to take part in lectures, plenary sessions and panel discussions.  They will have the opportunity to interact with and be mentored by speakers in informal small group sessions.  Speakers at the Summit include recipients of the Nobel Prize, Fields Medal, Millennium Technology Prize and Turing Award. 

"This opportunity for sharing my research at this global platform and actively take part in scientific discussions may open up doors for new collaborations." says Mohsin.

In combination of this being the tenth summit and the past few years having been held online due to the pandemic, we congratulate Mohsin and Maia on their achievement to be selected for in-person attendance.



It's an incredible opportunity - so to even be considered is really cool.

Maia Dean Discovery Scholar and successful participant of Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS)