Inspired by books and with a respect for nature

first_img“Inspired by books and with a respect for nature” is the mantra of The Library, a unique hotel in the heart of Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui Thailand.Francis Gan, Senior Marketing Manager of The Library, and Sally Morgan of The Unique Tourism Collection hosted a lunch on Tuesday 16 May to present the resort to the media and talk about the 20 new pool villas that will open later this year.Francis Gan, Senior Marketing Manager, The Library, and Sally Morgan, The Unique Tourism CollectionDavid Thompson’s Long Chim in Sydney with its delicious Thai street food menu was the perfect venue for the event.Guests shared several delicious dishes such as beef skewers with cumin, coriander and turmeric, and sour orange curry of ling fish and a spicy duck egg omelette.Koh Samui businessman Mr Kasemtham Sornsong is the owner and Managing Director of The Library. Talented concept designer Ms Tirawan Songsawat helped to create the cool, minimalist spaces with their strict colour palette of grey, white and black with zingy touches of scarlet.The red swimming pool is a talking point. It’s tiled with scarlet, yellow and orange mosaics and seems to glow in the natural tropical surroundings of green velvet lawns and mature trees with pale sand beaches and blue sea beyond.The actual library, the heart of the resort, is a huge space that encourages guests to relax and read. It’s stocked with over 2000 carefully chosen books on many subjects and a collection of 2500 movies and documentaries.Although the theme of the resort is based on classic books and the printed word, guest rooms, villas and suites all have the latest technology and modern fittings.The indoor/outdoor/barbecue restaurant is called The Page. It serves authentic Thai and fusion food and has won many awards.The Library is a member of Design Hotels. The Library Red Poollast_img read more

New EU research funding head stresses superdisciplinarity

first_img New EU research funding head stresses ‘superdisciplinarity’ By Tania RabesandratanaMay. 14, 2019 , 12:10 PM Email Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Nanomedicine pioneer Mauro Ferrari will be the next president of the European Research Council (ERC), the funding organization announced today. He will come to the job in Brussels with limited European policy experience, after almost 40 years in the United States, where he worked at the University of California, Berkeley; the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland; and the Houston Methodist Research Institute in Texas.A dual U.S. and Italian citizen, Ferrari trained in math at the University of Padua in Italy before pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Berkeley. At the age of 43, while leading a department at Ohio State University in Columbus, he also took classes at medical school there. “I never got a medical degree. You can write that the ERC will be led by a med school drop-out,” he jokes.Now 59, Ferrari will take over from French mathematician Jean-Pierre Bourguignon on 1 January 2020 for a 4-year term at ERC’s helm. Since its inception in 2007, the funding body has awarded about 9000 of its coveted basic research grants, worth €16.9 billion. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Countrycenter_img ScienceInsider spoke with Ferrari about his passion for interdisciplinary problems and his broad vision for the agency; the conversation was edited for brevity and clarity.Q: Why did you take this job? A: I’ve always kept in touch with science in Europe, and I admire how it merges different cultures and perspectives. Science is a worldwide endeavour, and [my taking the job] should not be read as anything negative about the U.S. I had a fantastic time there, and I look forward to continuing to interact with U.S. science.From 2003 to 2005, I spent 2 years at the U.S. National Cancer Institute as a special advisor to launch the Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer. The program had a big impact, funding thousands of investigators across the country. This was my first opportunity of enabling and helping research on a broader scale. That’s where I discovered my passion for serving scientists and, through them, the community.Q: How much do you know about ERC?A: I’ve never applied for an ERC grant; I have never been involved in an ERC [evaluation] panel. But the ERC enjoys a pretty universal, global respect. Many people refer to it as a model. Of course, it is a lot more famous in Europe than in other places.I’m very excited about its focus on excellence as the [selection] criterion, and on grants for individual investigators—one lab, one scientist. That’s very powerful.I also like the notion that the agency has a portfolio with life sciences, engineering, physical sciences, social science, and humanities, all under one roof. That’s very healthy. Boundaries between disciplines are in many ways artificial and counterproductive. [Different fields] have more opportunities for contact here than in other funding agencies.Q: What did you learn from your own research, applying nanotechnology to cure metastatic cancer, to make interdisciplinary approaches work?A: Interdisciplinary research is not just someone who knows about A working with someone who knows about B. The very boundaries of science are changing. For example, when we study the nanoscale, is it physics, chemistry, maths, engineering? I don’t really know! The focus should be on solving problems. When you study how you are going to treat cancer that has migrated from its original site to a vital organ, it requires biological knowledge at the cellular and molecular level, but also physics and engineering. That’s what I call “superdisciplinarity,” building on and respecting initial fields.Q: You will join ERC, possibly after Brexit, and after European elections this month that could see a Euroskeptic surge. Do you feel that ERC has a role to play in uniting Europe?A: Thanks for asking me an impossible question! Science applies to everybody everywhere in the same way. Cancer hurts people equally regardless of whether they are Democrats or Republicans. The beauty of science is that it brings people together, regardless of everything else. Science should be at the service of the community. It’s too early to say what will happen after Brexit. The U.K. has been a great member of the family here, and I hope there will still be great collaborations with scientists in the U.K. no matter what happens.Q: Critics say ERC’s focus on excellence excludes some scientists in Eastern and Southern Europe. Does ERC have a role to play in capacity building?A: Talent is everywhere, but opportunities sometimes are more limited in some places than in others. That’s not an argument against excellence, but we need strategies for talent to flourish and be competitive. Access to infrastructure, equipment, and collaborations is important.Q: I understand your Christian faith is important to you, and you serve on a bioethics group at the Vatican.A: I’m currently a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which focuses on biomedical ethics and includes people from different religions, as well as atheists. Religion is important for me in my private life, but I’m not a religious scholar or a moral theologian; I was brought into these groups because I’m conversant with the development of new biomedical science and methods. It’s a lot of fun. Some people ask me how faith interferes with science. I’m not here to answer for anybody, but for me it doesn’t. Beliefs don’t change the methodology or rigor of scientific research. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Mauro Ferrari will be the next head of the European Research Council in Brussels. European Research Council last_img read more