In this interview during the opening ceremony of IYBSSD, Yiash Gurbani, member of the board of International Association of Physics Students, expects the global community to kickstart the conversation towards a sustainable future.
I think some things are very directly related. Things like clean energy, clean water. These things could be addressed by innovations in physics and other basic sciences.
I represent the International Association of Physics Students. We are a non-profit organisation and we represent physics students across the world. I work on advocacy and outreach in IAPS.
What links can you make between basic sciences and sustainable development?
For example, modelling of climate and nonlinear systems which are very chaotic in nature, that definitely is a major field of study in physics, climate modelling.
Then there is working on energy. So working on more clean, renewable energy for the future. That is something that could be addressed by physics and the areas I work.
What is your dearest wish for this coming year?
In my generation and in général, more people in science academy and research, and more generally people who are not necessarily working in academy, I expect that everyone to start the conversation towards a sustainable future and what are the exact areas in which science could play a role in that.
Interview by Laurent Orluc