We participated in the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS) from December 4th to 11th in 2013 as representatives of Japanese young scientists. In SIYSS, young scientists, who have demonstrated outstanding merit in various scientific fields, spend a whole week together, while doing research presentations and experiencing events such as the Nobel Awarding Ceremony and the Nobel Banquet. This year, we had a wonderful opportunity to share this valuable time with 22 other students from 17 different countries, and 11 Swedish coordinators.

The weeklong program was packed with a variety of events, such as attendance to the Nobel lectures and the Nobel Reception, conversations with the laureates, some study visits to local universities and a research institute, and a visit to a major paper manufacturing company factory site. In addition to these wonderful events, we had the opportunity to present our research projects to many Swedish high school students, professors, and researchers during the SIYSS seminar held at Stockholm University, where the Nobel laureates also had their lectures. The interactions with students from all over the world, as well as the laureates, through each event, were inspiring in terms of scientific research and culture. We had quite an enriching and fulfilling experience. From the laureates we received many memorable messages towards us young scientists, and we also engaged in activities that allowed us to rethink our ethical values as scientists and objectively see our mother country, Japan. These experiences enabled us to broaden our views on research and our values. Through the communication with the other young scientists representing each country, we sensed their active attitudes towards expressing their own opinions and their passion for science. With these thoughts in mind, we sincerely hope to apply these experiences to stimulate and develop our own research life.

Last but not least, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Swedish coordinators and the Japan Prize Foundation, who have allowed us to experience such a precious opportunity.

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