Mars, Incorporated Addresses Role of Collaboration in Science With Expert Panel at Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
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Mars, Incorporated Addresses Role of Collaboration in Science With Expert Panel at Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

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Mars, Incorporated Addresses Role of Collaboration in Science With Expert Panel at Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting PR Newswire LINDAU, Germany, July 5, 2012 LINDAU, Germany, July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Laureates, 150 of the world's brightest young researchers and an industry scientist came together this week for a cross-disciplinary panel discussion hosted by Mars, Incorporated at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany. The panel focused on how partnerships can drive scientific discovery. Mars hosted the discussion, which featured the views of Continuum Energy Technologies (CET) - a research company that aims to further understanding of the foundations of physics, which could lead to the development of environmentally-sound solutions to a range of issues, such as supply-chain sustainability. The panel included Dudley Herschbach (Chemistry Nobel Laureate), Chris Nagel (Founding Scientist of CET) and Amanda Peter Randles (a PhD student from Harvard University). Harold Schmitz, Chief Science Officer at Mars, introduced the event by outlining the company's approach to science and the importance of uncommon collaboration between academic, government, non-government and industry sectors in tackling global challenges. Against this background, the panel discussed in-depth the merits and potential difficulties of an open and collaborative research approach.

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Mars, Incorporated Addresses Role of
Collaboration in Science With Expert Panel at
Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
PR Newswire
LINDAU, Germany, July 5, 2012
LINDAU,
Germany
,
July 5, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Laureates, 150 of the world's brightest young researchers and an industry
scientist came together this week for a cross-disciplinary panel discussion
hosted by Mars, Incorporated at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in
Germany
. The panel focused on how partnerships can drive scientific discovery.
Mars hosted the discussion, which featured the views of Continuum Energy
Technologies (CET) - a research company that aims to further understanding of
the foundations of physics, which could lead to the development of
environmentally-sound solutions to a range of issues, such as supply-chain
sustainability. The panel included Dudley Herschbach (Chemistry Nobel
Laureate), Chris Nagel (Founding Scientist of CET) and Amanda Peter Randles
(a PhD student from Harvard University).
Harold Schmitz, Chief Science Officer at Mars, introduced the event by outlining
the company's approach to science and the importance of uncommon
collaboration between academic, government, non-government and industry
sectors in tackling global challenges. Against this background, the panel
discussed in-depth the merits and potential difficulties of an open and
collaborative research approach. The discussion built on a number of themes
from the Mars-hosted panel at the 2010 Lindau meeting, which explored Mars'
collaborative approach to the cacao genome sequencing project. The full
findings from the cacao genome project were released into the public domain
in 2010 in order to accelerate advances in the field for the benefit of cocoa
farmers worldwide.
This year's panelists shared examples from the world of physics to highlight
how cross-sector partnerships can create a platform from which breakthrough
scientific concepts can be appropriately debated, tested and validated in order
to accelerate the development of solutions to many of society's grand
challenges.
The panel discussion - which was moderated by Adam Smith, the Editorial
Director of Nobel Media - was followed by a lively Q&A session with the
international audience of young scientists.
Quotes:
Mars approach to science
Speaking after the panel discussion, Harold Schmitz, Chief Science Officer at
Mars, Incorporated commented: "As one of the world's leading food companies,
Mars sees cross-sector scientific collaboration as crucial in driving innovation
and tackling a wide range of social, economic and environmental challenges
faced by our business and society as a whole."
Nobel Laureate Dudley Herschbach on the Mars-hosted panel
discussion
"Events such as this offer a unique opportunity for dialogue that not only
crosses sectors and disciplines, but also moves across generations," said Nobel
Laureate Dudley Herschbach. "By engaging with tomorrow's leading thinkers,
we are equipping ourselves to deal with the challenges we face - both today,
and in the future."
Mars relationship with Lindau:
Mars entered into its engagement with the Lindau organization in 2007. In
2008, Pamela Mars, member of the Mars board of directors, was appointed to
the Honorary Senate of the Lindau Foundation in recognition of Mars' history of
scientific achievement. Last year, Mars hosted a panel discussion at the Lindau
meeting on 'Productive Partnerships' which featured the views of Laureate
Elizabeth Blackburn and Frank Mars, President of Mars Symbioscience - the
global health and life sciences segment of Mars. In 2010, the Mars-hosted panel
discussion addressed the role of science in society and involved Laureate
Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Howard-Yana Shapiro, Global Staff Officer of Plant
Science and External Research at Mars.
About The Nobel Laureate Meetings at Lindau:
27 Nobel Laureates and more than 580 young scientists from 69 countries will
participate in the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physics) from 1 to
6 July
2012
. The topics of this year's physics meeting include cosmology, particle
physics and the challenges of a sustainable energy supply and climate issues.
The Lindau Meetings have been taking place every year since 1951 in Lindau.
They are organized by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
established in 1954 and the Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at
Lake Constance established in 2000. More than 250 Nobel Laureates are
members of the Founders Assembly.
For more information, please visit http://www.lindau-nobel.org/
About Mars, Incorporated:
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his
Tacoma, Washington
kitchen and established Mars' roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s,
Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the
MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the
United Kingdom
with a
dream of building a business based on the philosophy of a "mutuality of
benefits" for all stakeholders - this vision serves as the foundation of Mars,
Incorporated today. Based in
McLean, Virginia
, Mars has net sales of more than
$30 billion
, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food,
Drinks, Symbioscience, and approximately 70,000 Associates worldwide that
are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the
planet through its performance.
Mars brands include: Petcare - PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®,
KITEKAT®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital and NUTRO®; Chocolate - M&M'S®,
SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley -
DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and
STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food - UNCLE
BEN'S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and
ROYCO®; Drinks - ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA
COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience - COCOAVIA™, WISDOM
PANEL™ and SERAMIS®.
For more information, please visit http://www.mars.com. Follow us:
http://facebook.com/mars, http://twitter.com/marsglobal,
http://youtube.com/mars.