World Economic Forum Young Scientists Class of 2017 Celebrates Breakthrough Talent from across the Globe

World Economic Forum honours 55 Young Scientists under the age of 40 in recognition of their contribution to cutting-edge research

  • 2017 cohort hails from 38 academic institutions across 18 countries including China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore from Asia as well from top universities from the US and UK
  • The Young Scientists convene annually at the Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions; more information about the meeting can be found here
  • For more information on the Young Scientists, click here.

Dalian, People’s Republic of China, 22 June 2017 – The World Economic Forum today announced its 2017 class of 55 Young Scientists, assembling a distinguished cohort of top talent making an impact on research as diverse as quantum and computer science, physics and materials science, biology and bio-engineering, medical and neuroscience, and energy and environment. Collectively, their research is at the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Young Scientists will play an important role at the Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which is taking place in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, on 27-29 June. They will participate in sessions and workshops alongside leaders from government, business, civil society and other stakeholder groups and contribute ideas for solving complex challenges within and outside their core areas of interest. This year’s cohort is geographically diverse, coming from 18 countries on six continents.

“All of the Young Scientists exhibit exceptional creativity, but they also share a deep interest in global issues,” said W. Lee Howell, Head of Global Programming and Member of the Managing Board at the World Economic Forum. “They have demonstrated early in their careers a strong commitment to promote scientific knowledge for the global public interest. For this, we honour them.”

The 2017 World Economic Forum Young Scientists are: Gerardo Adesso, Nicola Allen, Jennifer Bizley, Stefanie Blain-Moraes, Sergiy Bogomolov, Michael Bowen, Julie Cairney, Marta Cerruti, Kellie Charles, Karen Jacqueline Cloete, Cynthia Collins, Cong Fengyu, Laura Dabbish, Ding Xianting, Yuval Elani, Kyle Elliott, Gregory Engel, Dylan Gee, Maxim Gongalsky, Pablo Gonzalez, Rafael Guido, Alexander G. Hayes, Heng Ji, Gabriela Hug, Nicole Joller, Mamadou Kaba, Yasuaki Kakehi, Kang Lan, Sander Kasteren, Yoshihiro Kawahara, Rym Kefi, Kim A-Young, Katherine Kinzler, Magdalena Krol, Andrey Kruglov, Jenny Lee Hyun-Joo, Sheng Li, Jodie L. Lutkenhaus, Tammy Ma, Kristen Marhaver, Louis-Philippe Morency, Jenny Mortimer, Neo Mei-Lin, Marianna Obrist, Qi Liping, Shi Yongyong, Rebeccah Slater, Song Jizhou, Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla, Timothy Verstynen, Wang Liming, Vanessa Wood, Sahal Yacoob, Yan Ning and Yang Fan.

The World Economic Forum’s 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions is taking place on 27-29 June in Dalian, People’s Republic of China. Convening under the theme, Achieving Inclusive Growth in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, over 2,000 business leaders, policy-makers and experts from over 80 countries will explore more than 200 sessions over the three days of the meeting.

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (