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Endurance is key to success: Nobel laureates

Endurance is key to success: Nobel laureates
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Nobel Laureates Prof Richard J Roberts and Prof Christiane Nusslein-Volhard on Friday advised students that endurance was the key to success in any...

Panaji: Nobel Laureates Prof Richard J Roberts and Prof Christiane Nusslein-Volhard on Friday advised students that endurance was the key to success in any scientific discovery. The Nobel Laureates were speaking here at the Nobel Series organised by Nobel Media and Goa government's Department of Science and Technology. It began on Thursday and will continue for three days.

The dialogues were held in two sessions, moderated by Dr Mattias Fyrenius and Dr K Vijayraghvan respectively. Prof Carl Harris, Chairman of the Nobel Foundation, Sweden participated in the first session. While addressing the gathering, Prof Roberts said that parents are overprotecting their children, especially in the cities. "Children living in the farms are healthier and closer to nature.

Parents must let their children free to explore the wonders of science. We must follow our own interests and develop talent. If you do not like a field, do not hesitate in switching, take risks," he said. While answering a question raised by a student about essentials of the best research, Prof Volhard claimed that a good surrounding or environment was essential for best results.

"A healthy setting broadens our views. Be your own master and discover things. Learn from what you have," Prof Volhard stated. Answering a question about work-life balance, the laureates agreed that it’s their love for science which has kept them motivated. "If one wants to jump into the field of research, it is mandatory that one travels to foreign universities in order to derive new perspectives and to broaden scientific horizons.

However, after a certain period of time, they must return to their homeland. India is a hub of the world’s best universities. Hence, make the best use of your own resources," stated Prof Roberts said. "Find a niche which is less populated. It helps in building realistic and original content. Have confidence in yourself and believe that nothing is impossible. Come out with good ideas.

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