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Meetings

Once every year, 30–40 Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines.

The meetings focus alternately on physiology and medicine, on physics, and on chemistry – the three natural science Nobel Prize disciplines. An interdisciplinary meeting revolving around all three natural sciences is held every five years. In addition, the Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences is held every three years.

The scientific programme of each Lindau Meeting is based on the principle of dialogue. The different sessions – lectures, discussions, master classes, and panel discussions – are designed to activate the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experience between and among Nobel Laureates and young scientists.

Lectures

The lectures held at the Lindau Meetings are not only educative, but highly inspirational, motivating, and memorable. No less than Nobel Laureates take centre stage to address current research findings, to elaborate on their own historical achievements, or to raise awareness of fundamentally important issues.

Discussion Sessions

At the Lindau Meetings, each lecturer also chairs a discussion session—accessible exclusively to the young meeting participants. The intimacy, informality, and frankness that mould the atmosphere of these discussions allows for personal questionings, controversial reflections and in-depth specialist analyses.

Master Classes

The master classes are rooted on the principles of mentoring and mutual learning. At each meeting, select participants are given the opportunity to present their current research work to a Nobel Laureate in order to receive feedback and advice. The subsequent discussions, involving the audience, are marked by a high level of professionalism and specialisation.

Panel Discussions

High-profile panel discussions embracing topical and meaningful issues are an integral component of the Lindau Meetings. With Nobel Laureates engaging actively in the debates, these panels provide the floor with a profound survey of the state of affairs in challenging fields of research.

Science Breakfasts

Hosting a science breakfast is a splendid opportunity for partner institutions or supporters to complement the official programme of the Lindau Meetings. An inspiring topic, an animating presentation format, and of course a rich breakfast are particularly suited for an intellectually stimulating start into the day.

Annual Reports

Every year the Council and the Foundation publish an annual report which provides an in-depth overview of all activities.

 

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2013

All Annual Reports since 2005 

 

Upcoming Lindau Meetings

2016

66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
Physics
26 June – 1 July 2016

 

2017

67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
Chemistry
25 June – 30 June 2017

6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences
22 – 26 August 2017

 

Past Meetings

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History

Since their beginnings in 1951, the Lindau Meetings have evolved into a unique international forum for scientific exchange. It was the two Lindau physicians Franz Karl Hein and Gustav Wilhelm Parade who approached Count Lennart Bernadotte af Wisborg of nearby Mainau Island to jointly develop and implement the idea that marked the start of a long and continuing history.

Count Bernadotte – a grandson of King Gustaf V of Sweden – had excellent connections at Stockholm. Especially due to his efforts, seven Nobel Laureates agreed to participate in the first “European Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Medicine” held at Lindau in 1951. This extraordinary meeting was conceived as a European initiative of post-war reconciliation among scientists.

The initial success led to the establishment of periodic meetings of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, dedicated alternately to the Nobel Prize disciplines physiology or medicine, physics, and chemistry. Already in 1953, the decision was made to have undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers join the dialogue. In 2004, the first of the additional regular Lindau Meetings on Economic Sciences was held.

 

Mini Lecture “The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings”

Book “Science at First Hand – 65 years of Lindau Meetings”

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Council & Foundation

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are jointly organised by two institutions – the Council and the Foundation. They act in concert to warrant the continuity of the meetings and to advance their constant development.

The Council

The Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings was founded in 1954, three years after the first Lindau Meeting, to secure their existence and shape their future development. Count Lennart Bernadotte, one of the three founders of the meetings, became the first president of the council.

The purpose of the Council is to organise the annual meetings on the basis of an elaborate scientific programme. This includes the establishment and maintenance of close relations with scientific partners worldwide.

The council will ensure that eligible and qualified young scientists get the chance to participate in the Lindau Meetings. In this regard, the Council is also responsible for the akquisition of financial means for organising the meetings – in close collaboration with the Foundation. The Council maintains an executive secretariat at Lindau.

 

Council Articles of Association

 

Council Members
The Foundation

The Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings was established in the year 2000 upon the initiative of fifty Nobel Laureates.

In general, the Foundation’s objective is to promote science, research, and related societal activities. In particular, its main purpose is to ensure the continuance and further development of the Lindau Meetings. This includes the support of outreach projects and initiatives.

The members of the most prestigious committee of the Foundation, the Honorary Senate, are valued advisors to the board of directors and distinguished ambassadors for the cause of the Lindau Meetings.

The Foundation is registered on Mainau Island. In the interest of a close collaboration with the Council, the office of the Foundation is also based at Lindau.

 

Foundation Statutes

Foundation Board of Directors
Founders Assembly

Through their membership in the Founders Assembly, Nobel Laureates demonstrate their strong support of the Lindau Meetings and entrust the Foundation with the consistent further development of Lindau´s intergenerational dialogue. Up to date, 310 Nobel Laureates constitute the assembly.

 

Founders Assembly

Honorary Senate

The most prestigious committee of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings is the Honorary Senate. Its members function as advisors to the board and distinguished ambassadors for the cause of the Lindau Meetings.

Josef Ackermann
Former CEO of Deutsche Bank AG

Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish
Director-General of the OPEC Fund for International Development

José Manuel Barroso
Former 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

Bertrand Gros

Chairman of the Board of Rolex SA

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, Inc.

Angela Merkel
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
Former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG

Johannes Rau (†)
Former Federal President of Germany

Annette Schavan
Former German 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 SAP AG and founder and Executive Director of the Klaus Tschira Foundation

Daniel Vasella
Former CEO of Novartis AG

Ulrich Wilhelm

Director General of Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting)

Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker
Secretary General of the Human Frontier Science Program

Martin Winterkorn
Former Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG

Hansjörg Wyss
Swiss entrepreneur and philantropist

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Academic Partners

The Lindau Meetings cooperate with more than 200 of the most renowned science and research institutions worldwide to identify the most qualified participants. In the majority of cases, young scientists have to be nominated by these academic partners in order to be able to apply for participation. 

The cooperation with academic partners in about 65 countries is a cornerstone of the on-going internationalisation process of the Lindau Meetings. The network is continuously expanded. By means of memoranda of understanding, both sides commit themselves to connect and promote aspiring young scientists worldwide.

Academic Partners