The Bridges series is facilitated by the International Peace Foundation (IPF), through lectures, workshops, seminars and artistic events, which have been in general open and free of charge for the public.
The "Bridges" series has been established as an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary platform for creative cultures of learning and continued education for all people. The program has combined:
- theory and experience through a dialogue between science, politics and the economy
- intellect and emotion, thinking, feeling and intuition through a dialogue between science and the arts
- knowledge and wisdom through a dialogue between science and spirituality
- inner and outer results through a dialogue between education and the media to help raise the awareness of a wider public for building a culture of peace
NTU has joined to support the "Bridges" program and will be hosting 3 public lectures by Noble Laureates in 2014 & 2015 as part of the ASEAN "Bridges" event series of the International Peace Foundation (IPF).
Professor Sir James Mirrlees(1996 Nobel Laureate for Economics) – 1st October, 2014
Professor Sir James Mirrlees is invited to Singapore by the International Peace Foundation for the 5th ASEAN "Bridges Series – Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace". He is one of the Nobel Laureates engaged in this series to visit the region to conduct public lectures, seminars, workshops and dialogues. NTU has the honour to host Professor Mirrlees, the first Nobel Laureate in this series on 1 October 2014
Prof Sir James A. Mirrlees is a 1996 Nobel Laureate for Economics who has been a Professor of Political economy at Oxford and Cambridge universities and is a Distinguished Professor-at-Large at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In the work that earned him the Nobel Prize for his fundamental contributions to the economic theory of incentives under asymmetric information he studied the problem of optimal income taxation showing how to derive an optimal tax schedule, balancing efficiency and equity and taking into account the limited information about individuals that is available to the government.
The lecture will look at ways of resolving conflicts and determining coordinated policies to solve major problems. It will compare arrangements that attempt to do what is right with those that involve negotiated bargains. Examples that show the difficulty of achieving either form of agreement are policies to limit climate change and resolution of territorial claims. What exactly are the difficulties, and what can be done to solve them?
Professor Bruce Beutler (2011 Nobel Laureate for Medicine) – 4th February, 2015
Professor Bruce Beutler is an invited speaker for the 5th ASEAN "Bridges Series – Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace". He is one of the Nobel Laureates engaged in this series to visit the region to conduct public lectures, seminars, workshops and dialogues. NTU has the honour to host Professor Beutler, is the fourth Nobel Laureate in this series and the second speaker to be hosted at NTU. His public lecture is scheduled for the 4th of February 2015.
Prof Beutler is a 2011 Nobel Laureate for Medicine and the Director of the Center for Genetics of Host Defense at the Univesity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Having worked as an immunologist for the past 26 years, he isolated mouse tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and discovered its inflammatory effects. He was the first to use anti-TNF antibodies to block inflammation in animals and invented recombinant inhibitors of TNF activity, now widely used in clinical medicine as in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. His discoveries have opened up new avenues for the prevention and therapy of infections, cancer and inflammatory diseases.
His lecture focusses on the "The global struggle against infectious disease". Prof Beutler aims to address the questions of, 'How much farther can we go? Will genetics and pharmacological sciences push the limits of human longevity even further, perhaps defeating infection as a threat once and for all? Or will microbes, with their remarkable evolutionary resilience, reassert an iron grip over our daily lives and over civilization itself? He believes that, a global threat that respects no borders or jurisdictions, infectious disease must be seen and fought as the shared enemy of mankind as well as the enemy of peace, prosperity and progress toward modernity.
Professor Ada E Yonath (2009 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry) – 4th March, 2015
Prof Ada E Yonath is a 2009 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel who has shown what the ribosome – the cell's 'protein factory' – looks like, how it functions at the atomic level and how it translates DNA information into proteins, which perform most of life processes. She has generated 3D models that show how different antibiotics bind to the ribosome and how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. These models have revolutionised the field of structural biology and are now used by scientists in order to develop new antibiotics, directly assisting the saving of lives.
Her lecture on, "From basic science to advanced medicine – Structures of the molecules of life and their impact on modern biomedical research" illustrates understanding of the process of the translation of the genetic code, a basic and most important process of life.