Curiosity is the ‘Mother’ of all discoveries

Education and research are fundamental to development and growth. The human mind makes possible all achievements, from health advances to efficient public administration and private sector growth. For organizations to reap these benefits fully, they need to unleash the potential of the human mind. And there is no better tool for doing so than education.

This was the view of Mattias Fyrenius, CEO of Nobel Media, who was the moderator of Nobel Dialogue on the theme ‘Education and Research for Growth’, held at the Kala Academy which was attended by students from various educational organizations. The panelists for this discussion were Richard Roberts (Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1993), Christiane Nusslein-Volhard (Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1995) and Carl Henrikh Heldin (Chairman, Nobel Foundation).

Richard Roberts said that in order to do a research on a particular subject a person has to develop a state of curiosity. He spoke on how he was fascinated by the nature of bacteria which exhibit distinct structural, physiological and evolutionary characteristics. Christiane Nusslein-Volhard spoke on how she developed an interest to know more about the color patterns present in birds and animals.

The panelists expressed their views on the stage in a student’s life where he or she has to make a decision to pursue a career in a specialized field. Roberts said initially he was aspiring to be a detective but later on switched to medicine. He advised the students not to be afraid to switch to the field of their interest and not let people discourage them. Carl gave the example of a sportsman who initially plays various disciplines of a sport but eventually specializes in one discipline. Christiane advised the students not to fall prey to false advice but choose the career options after thoroughly going through the curriculum of what they study.

A query was put whether a person from the field of Science should move abroad for further research. Carl replied that it is very much useful as it gives an added dimension for one’s research work and also provides an experience which is of utmost importance. Roberts added that by moving abroad one learns of the global ways on how to proceed with the research work. Christiane said that it is not necessary to move abroad but to choose a field which is less populated which allows one to work efficiently and also makes one’s profile quite distinctive.

Apart from these the Nobel laureates present on the panel shared their experiences and hurdles which they encountered in their lives. Richard Roberts also advised the teachers not to over-protect the students. They should allow them to commit mistakes which will facilitate their growth.


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