This week an extremely important event is going to take place in
from 23rd to 25th of March. Nine Nobel prize winners will visit Szeged to take part in a
conference organized for the 75th anniversary of Szent-Györgyi Albert's Nobel
prize award. The Szeged announced a
competition for students to win the opportunity to introduce these Nobel prize
awardees. These students are not only talented biology-fans but they also speak
superb English. Out of the more than 70 contestants the strict adjudicators
chose 9 students with the best English and conversational skills, style and
I have done my best to find one of these students and I have successfully come across Eszter Nógrádi, a student of
Deák Ferenc Bilingual High School
in , who
will have the pleasure to introduce Eric Wieschaus in the conference series. I
seized the opportunity to ask her a few questions just to tell us more about
this palatial event. Szeged
Editor: Why did you choose Eric Wieschaus?
Eszter Nógrádi: I read all the autobiographies of the Nobel prize-winners and he was the one who was the most interesting to me. I really like genetics, the topic in which he does research, and I am also a great fan of arts and music so when I read his biography it wasn't a question for me anymore whom to choose.
Eszter Nógrádi: Of course. He was born in
just after World War II. As I said before he is also a great fan of arts, as a
child he spent hours and hours by painting and drawing and doing artworks. He
studied at Indiana , where he could work in a
laboratory and could examine Drosophila - a kind of small fruit fly. He made
enormous efforts to find key genes that were responsible for the development of
a fruit fly egg into a segmented embryo. He received the Nobel prize in 1995
along with two other scientists in Physiology or Medicine. Yale University
Editor: Will there be any opportunity to talk to these scientists?
Eszter Nógrádi: Yes, those who were chosen to presents the scientist can have a small chat with them. The other two people for each scientist who were also selected from the rest of the applicants can place a question in the Open Forum, where all the visitors of the conference will be present.
Editor: Thank you for answering my questions and I wish you good luck in presenting Eric Wieschaus well.
Eszter Nógrádi: Thank you very much. :D