61st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
dedicated to Physiology or Medicine
26 June - 1 July 2011
At the 61st Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates, 23 Nobel Laureates from the fields of physiology or medicine and chemistry met 566 young scientists from 78 countries. This was by far the most international Lindau Meeting ever. Almost 190 academies of science, research institutions and universities from around the world nominated the up-and-coming scientists.
Opening Ceremony of the 61st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.
Global health, the medicine of the future and the societal responsibilities of scientists were the focal topics of this year’s Lindau Meeting. Many of the Young Scientists came from developing countries where disease is rife—all the more reason, then, to link the meeting for the first time with the theme of “Global Health”. Talks related to future medicine covered a wide area of topics, ranging from the specific, computer-aided development of new antibodies to anti-cancer drugs interfering with the cellular protein degradation machinery. And scientists today are true citizens of the world, as Sir Harold W. Kroto remarked in Lindau. As many crucial issues in society ultimately hinge on scientific discoveries—many of them yet to be made—this global citizenship comes with responsibilities that often reach beyond the scientific community and are of great importance for society as such. Bloggers on the official meeting blog at www.lindau.nature.com have seen and heard—and wrote about—the focal points of the meeting in the following articles.
First time participant, Nobel Laureate Elizabeth H. Blackburn (Physiology/Medicine 2009) held the opening lecture of the 61st Lindau Meeting titled "Telomeres and Telomerase in Human Health and Disease". The complete video is available at the Lindau Mediatheque.
In 2011, the 61st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was once again a hotspot for cross-generational dialogue between scientists—a forum where science serves as a common language for the discussion of issues of global significance beyond nationalities, gender, religions and cultures.
During the opening ceremony William H. Gates III was inducted into the Honorary Senat of the Foundation and participated in the panel discussion on challenges for science and research in the area of global health.
The Nobel Laureate Meetings are continuously developing. After a test of the format “Turning the Tables” last year, it was incorporated into the official programme. On the suggestion of Nobel Laureate Roger Y. Tsien, so-called “Science Masterclasses” have been introduced.
At this phase of my life, I have the chance to work on health issues, agricultural issues, and on the need for innovation to help the poorest. This is why I am excited to be at the Meeting in Lindau. Because I think advances there will be particularly important and without you paying attention to them it is possible they will not take place.
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Trailer "The Strands of Life" - Nature Video presents 5 short films about the 2011 Lindau Meeting.