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Dr Michelle Van Velthoven joins international gathering of bright young researchers from across the globe.

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“Advancing science, creating technologies for a better world” is the theme for the 2017 Global Young Scientists Summit, taking place this week at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Bringing together science and technology luminaries with some of the world’s most outstanding PhD and post-doctoral fellows under the age of 35, GYSS covers a range of scientific disciplines, from chemistry to computer science. It aims to inspire young scientists to pursue their scientific dreams through close interaction with distinguished scientists, researchers and peers.

Dr Michelle Van Velthoven, a postdoctoral researcher in digital health from Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, is one of 250 candidates selected by the Summit’s organising committee to attend. Michelle was one of just five candidates put forward by the University of Oxford following an internal selection process.

“There is lots of interesting work in digital health in Singapore and the Southeast Asian region, and the programme for this year’s summit looks fascinating,” said Michelle, who will be presenting a research poster.

“There are many amazing people who I’m looking forward to interacting with, including distinguished speakers like Professor Barbara Liskov, the first woman with a PhD in computer science, and Dr Vinton Grey, one of the internet’s founding fathers. Not to mention site visits in Singapore, including the highly-ranked National University of Singapore where I would like to meet other researchers in my field. By attending the summit and presenting my own work, I hope to extend my network and gain new ideas for research.”


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