reinaReina Tonegawa
Nagoya University

Arriving in Stockholm at late night on 4th December 2010, I still couldn’t imagine what would happen to me in the following week. As a Japanese participant for SIYSS 2010, I proudly prepared Japanese traditional costume “Kimono” for the Nobel Banquet and collected as much information as possible about Japanese Nobel laureates, Dr.Eiichi Negishi and Dr.Akira Suzuki---preparation was almost perfect. However, standing in snowy northern European country, I still had to hope it was not a mere dream.

Despite of my upset feeling, the fantastic week passed as quick as a flash. The seminar, parties, Nobel lectures, ceremony, banquet, nightcap…every event was well prepared and fantastic. I tried to absorb as many useful pieces as possible in each occasion. In this very short week, there were 3 especially impressive events.

First was the interchange between Nobel Laureates. They were generally very friendly and kindly told us many things: how they happen to be interested in science, what they like about research, possibilities of application of their great findings, useful advice for young scientists…etc. Especially, word from Japanese chemistry prize laureate, Dr.Akira Suzuki was very imposing. Asked what young students should do to find what he really wants to do, he composedly stated, “ To find your goal, you first have to study broad area. Then, you find what you want to do. STUDY HARD.”. Though it was a very simple message, stated by Nobel laureate, it sounded fairly powerful and reasonable. When I am stuck in the future, I will always remember his precious word.

Second impressive event was of course the Nobel ceremony and banquet. Gorgeous hall, elegant music, beautifully dressed up people…everything was as wonderful as I could imagine. In this precious atmosphere, 2 Japanese scientists received Nobel medals nobly. Also, in the beginning of banquet, Dr.Eiichi Negishi gently escorted princess Victoria, the next Queen. Watching them behaving very proudly in this tremendous situation, I was encouraged as a same Japanese----I simply admired them very much.

Lastly, during the week, I enjoyed talking with SIYSS participants who gathered from 18 countries all over the world. Although most of them were much younger than I, they were full of interest in scientific research and actually enjoyed it. Discussing the future of science and technology with them, time passed so fast.

In conclusion, the week in Stockholm was amazingly great. Through all the experience I had there, I am now more and more fascinated by possibilities in science. I thank great coordinators of SIYSS2010 and The Japan Prize Foundation for giving me such a great opportunity.

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