Lindau, Germany — Collaboration is the key to solving global resource issues ranging from climate change to food security, Physics Nobel Prize winner and former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu told an audience of young scientific researchers during the Mars, Inc.-hosted Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany.
Mars Chief Agricultural Officer Howard-Yana Shapiro also spoke at the event, urging the next generation of scientists to seek multidisciplinary, cross-sector partnerships. He also touched on Mars’ involvement in the African Orphan Crops Consortium, an organization that works to sequence, assemble and annotate the genomes of 100 traditional African food crops in order to improve their nutritional value, productivity and climatic adaptability, according to Mars.
Chu says: “We will continue to face interconnected challenges involving energy, agriculture and water that we have a moral obligation to confront. Scientific collaboration and the determination of people like you will play a key role in addressing that.”