World leaders must listen to science to solve global crises, says Nobel Laureate

Science is key to solving global crises, but we need leaders who listen to science, said Nobel Prize Laureate Kip Thorne in a recent speech. 

“Science and technology based on scientific research are key to solving problems such as pandemics or climate change. But I consider it equally important to encourage the respect of politicians and the public for science and scientists,” said the physics professor.

Prof. Thorne received the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for the first direct detection of gravitational waves whose signal was generated by the collision of two black holes 1.3 billion years ago.The professor also co-authored Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar.

“We need new generations of leaders who will lead the world to responsible and science-based solutions.”

Prof Thorpe in his latest speech at the ESET Science Award

The award is a project run by global cybersecurity company ESET, which recognizes the scientists in Slovakia whose work makes a difference on a global scale.

The ESET Science Award is held under the auspices of Zuzana Čaputová, President of the Slovak Republic, according to a statement.

“I believe that the authority of science and scientists should be taken into account in the public discourse too. Because not only do we live in an era with a global pandemic, but also an infodemic, one which is defined by the systematic production of misinformation,” President Čaputová said in her opening address.