The History of the Lindau Meetings


Held for the first time in 1951 the Lindau Meetings established themselves as a unique platform for the dialogue between different scientific generations. For more than 60 years now Laureates as well as young and promising Young Researchers are meeting once a year in Lindau. Read more...

Annual Reports


Every year the Council and the Foundation publish an Annual Report which provides an in-depth overview of all activities. Read more...

Council for the

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Honorary President


Count Lennart Bernadotte af Wisborg (†)

Honorary President of Council and Foundation


Count Lennart Bernadotte launched the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings more than 50 years ago and as spiritus rector remained to the end committed to this great cause. Drawing inspiration from his grandfather, later King Gustaf V of Sweden, Read more...



Countess Bettina Bernadotte af Wisborg

President of the Council


Countess Bettina Bernadotte, born 1974 in Scherzingen, Switzerland, is the oldest daughter of Countess Sonja and Count Lennart Bernadotte. Following her degree in Business Administration in Read more...

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Lubitz

Vice-President of the Council


Wolfgang Lubitz, born 1949 in Berlin, studied chemistry at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin (1969-1974) where he also received his doctoral degree (1977); 1982 habilitation in organic chemistry. From 1983 to 1984 he Read more...

Prof. Dr. Helga Nowotny

Vice-President of the Council


Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich, and a founding member of the European Research Council.


Nikolaus Turner

Treasurer of the Council


Nikolaus Turner, born 1964, is the Treasurer of the Council and assumed the newly created position of Managing Director of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in April 2009. 




Prof. Dr. Rainer Blatt

Member of the Council


Rainer Blatt graduated in physics from the University of Mainz in 1979. He finished his doctorate in 1981 and worked as research assistant in the team of Günter Werth. Read more...


Thomas Ellerbeck

Spokesman and Member of the Council


Born in 1967 in Detmold, Thomas Ellerbeck has been a member of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings since 2000, as well as being a co-founder and member of the board of directors of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Read more...

Prof. Dr. Peter Englund

Member of the Council


Born in 1950, Dr. Peter Englund received his doctor's degree in economics from the Stockholm School of Economics in 1979. Read more...

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Fricke

Member of the Council


Burkhard Fricke was born on 17. June 1941. He went to school in Weilburg and Frankfurt/ Main where he passed his Abitur in March 1960. From 1962 to 1966 he was a student of Phyiscs at the Technical High School


Prof. Dr. Astrid Gräslund

Member of the Council


Dr. Astrid Gräslund serves as Vice Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University, since 2001. In addition, she also was elected as secretary of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry in 1996. Read more...

Prof. Dr. Martin F. Hellwig

Member of the Council


Dr. Martin Hellwig received his Diplom-Volkswirt (Diploma in Economics) from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in December 1970. In addition he received a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA, in September 1973. Read more...

Prof. Dr. Klas Kärre

Member of the Council


Klas Kärre is professor in Molecular Immunology since 1993 at Karolinska Institutet and chairman of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine. He is active at the Department of Microbiology, Tumour and Cell Biology.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Stefan H. E. Kaufmann

Member of the Council


Stefan Kaufmann is the director of the Department of Immunology of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin and professor for microbiology and immunology at Charité University Clinics Berlin.


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hartmut Michel

Member of the Council


German biochemists Hartmut Michel, Robert Huber, and Johann Deisenhofer (now based in the US), received the 1988 chemistry award for unravelling how a membrane-bound protein active in photosynthesis is built up. Read more...

Prof. Dr. Torsten Persson

Member of the Council


Torsten Persson is Professor of economics, and a former Director at the IIES of Stockholm University.


Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Schürer

Member of the Council


Wolfgang Schürer, born 1946 in Coburg (Germany) is a naturalised Swiss citizen and holds a M.B.A. degree from the University of St. Gallen, Graduate School of Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences. He is the founder of the International Management Symposia Read more... 

Corresponding Members


Prof. Dr. Lars Bergström

Corresponding Member


Lars Bergström is professor of Theoretical Physics, Stockholm University, Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physics. He took his PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Department of Theoretical Physics Read more...

Prof. Dr. Hans Jörnvall

Corresponding Member


Hans Jörnvall, born 1942, MD, Ph.D, professor of Physiological Chemistry at Karolinska Institutet. Chairman of the Department of Physiological Chemistry 1987-1993, Secretary of the Nobel Committee and Assembly at Karolinska Institutet Read more...

Prof. Dr. Sten Orrenius

Corresponding Member


Sten Orrenius received his Ph.D. from Karolinska Institutet in 1965. He was professor in Forensic Medicine from 1971, when he was appointed professor in Toxicology at Karolinska Institutet in 1984 Read more...

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h. c. Dagmar Schipanski

Corresponding Member


Dagmar Schipanski is a doctor and professor of physics, since 1990 professor, dean and Rector of the University of Ilmenau, Thuringia; 


Permanent Guests


Gabriela Dür

Permanent Guest


Gabriela Dür, born 1957 in Bregenz (Austria), serves as Head of the Department of Science and Further Education of the State Government of Vorarlberg. Read more...

Dr. Gerhard Ecker

Permanent Guest


Gerhard Ecker, born 1957 in Augsburg, is the Mayor of the City of Lindau since 2012. Read more...

Dr. Walter Schön

Permanent Guest


Dr. Walter Schön, born 1949, was head of the Bavarian State Chancellery from 1999 to 2010 and head of the Bavarian Ministry of Justice from 2010 to 2014. Read more...

The intense exchange between scientists from very different fields and very many nations is probably more important today than ever before. This is exactly what make these Meetings here in Lindau so very valuable.
Ferdinand K. Piëch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG and Member of the Honorary Senate