13:00 . Do you have five more minutes? I really want to tell you about this building – it is part of Ecole Émile Jacqmain where many of the Solvay conferences* were held. Superheroes were here: Knusten, Curie, Einstein, to name a few. This place is a holy ground for scientists!
Steven undertakes various EU-related high tech projects and is the president of the Cambridge alumni society in the European capital.
– I became a scientist because I was always attracted to noble causes; I do what I do because I am driven by the desire to help others. My field has allowed me to work on renewable energies and more recently on cancer treatment for example: one of my latest projects deals with a radioactive drug that would help treat cancer – see, how science works towards saving humanity.
– I believe the European Union is a noble cause; personally I have been a supporter of the EU since I was 4 years old – well, it was called the European Economic Community at the time. What I love about the EU is that it brings different people together and it allows different networks of people to form and exchange. Ah, I feel networking is a bad word nowadays, but networks are created to bring a sense of community, mixing different sets of people in order to challenge ideas and channel progress. That is crucial for humanity. People must mix in order to learn from each other!
As a scientist I understand that each human being is worthy of value and respect. We are all human and before all biologically speaking we are all the same: we are all chemical machines! Unless you believe in some spooky force upon us that made us something else. Do you believe in one? You believe in God?
I don’t know if I believe in God. But hey – my mind is open.
* The Solvay Conferences (“Conseils Solvay”) are conferences in physics and chemistry that took a key part of the history and development of science, as they were highly instrumental in the understanding of the theory of quantum mechanics and many other areas of modern physics and chemistry.