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...

Members of the Honorary Senate

The Honorary Senate is composed of representatives of the scientific, business and political communities, and plays a role in advising the Foundation Board of Directors.


Josef Ackermann

Former CEO of Deutsche Bank AG


Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish

Director-General of the OPEC Fund for International Development

José Manuel Barroso

President of the European Commission


Ernesto Bertarelli

Former CEO Serono S.A. and Two-time winner of America's Cup

Christof Bosch

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Bosch Stiftung

Martin T:son Engstroem

Founder and Managing Director of the Verbier Festival and Academy

William H. Gates III

Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ulrich Grete

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Ecoscientia Foundation

Roman Herzog

Former Federal President of Germany

Klaus J. Jacobs (†)

Founder of the Jacobs Foundation

Henning Kagermann

President of the acatech - National Academy of Science and Engineering

Walter B. Kielholz

Chairman of the supervisory board and former CEO of Swiss Re


Malcolm D. Knight

Former Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank AG

Pamela Mars

Member of the Board of Directors of Mars, Incorporatet

Angela Merkel

Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Joachim Milberg

Former CEO of BMW AG / Former President of acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering


Ferdinand K. Piëch

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG

Johannes Rau (†)

Former Federal President of Germany

Annette Schavan

Former Germany´s Federal Minister of Education and Research

Shri Kapil Sibal
Indian Minister for Law and Justice


HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

Member of the Thai Royal Family

Gunnar Stålsett

Bishop emeritus of Oslo and member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee


Edmund Stoiber
Former Minister-President of Bavaria


Marcus Storch

Former Chairman of the Nobel Foundation


Tony Tan

President of the Republic of Singapore


Erwin Teufel

Former Minister-President of Baden-Wuerttemberg

Klaus Tschira

Co-founder of software company SAP AG and Founder and Executive Director of the Klaus Tschira Foundation


Daniel Vasella

Former CEO of Novartis AG

Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker

Secretary General of the Human Frontier Science Program

Martin Winterkorn

Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG


Hansjörg Wyss

Swiss entrepreneur and philantropist

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.
William H. Gates III, Chairman of Microsoft and Member of The Honorary Senate