A sci-fi fan from The University of Western Australia is one of 200 top young science students in Australia, Asia and Oceania chosen to attend the 2013 Asian Science Camp in Japan next week.
Blair Johnson, of Bullsbrook, is studying biomedical science at UWA and is interested in pharmacology, pathology and medicine. He'd also like to complete further studies abroad.
As part of the Australian delegation, Blair will travel to Tsukuba in Japan where he will meet his peers - the next generation of scientists - for six days of lectures, master classes and round-table discussions with some of the world's greatest scientific minds including Nobel Laureates and celebrated researchers.
"I'm really looking forward to being immersed in the depths of future science - by the people making the biggest leaps," Blair said.
When he returns, he will share his Asian Science Camp experience with students at his former school, Bullsbrook College.
"I'll encourage them to pursue tertiary education, especially in science," he said.
Blair was chosen to go to the camp by Australian Science Innovations. The camp is the brainchild of Nobel Laureates Professor Yuan-Tseh Lee and Professor Masatoshi Koshiba. Professor Lee, a Taiwanese chemist, won the Nobel in 1986 and Professor Koshiba, a Japanese physicist, in 2002.
While Blair loves real science, he is also a big fan of science fiction and is the fresher rep of UWA's Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.