about the Lindau Institutions
The Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings organise the annual meetings on an honorary basis. Their joint endeavour is to foster the 'Mission Education'.
Countess Bettina Bernadotte af Wisborg is the President of the council which sets the course for the Lindau Dialogue concept and programme. Internationally accredited scientists from the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry and the economic sciences are members of the council. The work of the council benefits from the commitment of the secretaries of the committees responsible for awarding the Nobel Prizes: at least one of the two scientific co-ordinators of each conference is a member of the institutions that select the Nobel Laureates.
The foundation was founded in the year 2000 by the council and the Bernadotte family on the initiative of a group of Nobel Laureates. Prof. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Schürer serves as the Chairman of the Board of the foundation. In addition, joint initiatives regarding the advancement of the Lindau Meetings and the establishment of an international network of academic partners are key priorities. The foundation regards its task as to provide sustainable funding for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in the future through an endowment. Meanwhile the foundation conducts outreach projects to safeguard the annual funding.
The Lindau Meetings and the underlying idea of creating a platform to facilitate encounters between Nobel Laureates and the world's best young scientists enjoy widespread support. More than 220 Nobel Laureates are member of the Founders Assembly of the foundation and express – through their membership and their participation in the Lindau Dialogue – their support for the principles of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Dignitaries from science, politics and industry have been inaugurated into the foundation's Honorary Senate in recognition of the special commitment they have shown towards scientific excellence and the promotion of young researchers.
The executive secretariat serves the Lindau mission and supports its goals. In organisational terms it belongs to the council and provides a co-ordination mechanism for members of the Lindau Institutions.