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Meetings

Once every year, some dozens of 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 Nobel Prize disciplines. An interdisciplinary meeting revolving around all three natural sciences is held every five years. In addition, the Lindau Meetings on Economic Sciences are 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, a select group of participants is 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 2014

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

All Annual Reports since 2005 

 

Upcoming Lindau Meetings

2016

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

 

2017

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

 

6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences
Lindau Meeting of the Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
22 – 26 August 2017

 

 

Upcoming/current meeting

Past Meetings

Information on participants

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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 Swedem – 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.

 

Watch the Mini Lecture on the history of the Lindau Meetings

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Organisation

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 also contributes to securing the financial conditions for 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, the Bernadotte af Wisborg family, and several council members.

 

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 advisers 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, 296 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 advisers 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
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
Former 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

 

Ulrich Wilhelm

Director General of the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation

 

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

 

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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 and thus disseminate Lindau’s “Mission Education” worldwide. The academic partners are trustees of the constant pursuit of excellence at the Lindau Meetings – and they are beneficiaries of this process themselves.

 

Academic Partners

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Support

It is only due to the commitment of a multitude of supporters that hundreds of the best young scientists from around the world get the chance to participate in the Lindau Meetings year after year – and that the high standard and constant further development of these meetings can be warranted.

As the expenditures for organising and hosting the meetings are only partly covered by the participation fees, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings depend on additional funding by the public authorities, the corporate sector, as well charitable institutions and individuals.

 

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are grateful to all Maecenates, Patrons and Donors for their contributions to the foundation’s endowment, as well as to all Benefactors for their direct support of the annual meetings.

 

Endowment Contributors

Benefactors of the 65th Lindau Meeting

How to Support

The Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings would gratefully accept any contribution to its endowment – be it private or business donations; these donations are tax-deductible.

 

Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Deutsche Bank

IBAN DE27 7007 0010 0800 1661 00

BIC (SWIFT) DEUTDEMMXXX

 

For more information please contact:

 

Nikolaus Turner

Council Board Member (Treasurer) &
Foundation Board Member (Managing Director)

Email: nikolaus.turner@lindau-nobel.org

Phone: +49 8382 277 31 23

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Partners and Friends

The mission to educate, inspire, and connect scientists and researchers worldwide can only be accomplished in collaboration with a multitude of partners, allies and friends. Thus, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings join forces with renowned influential and innovative institutions in this challenging endeavour.

Deutsche Welle

Germany’s international broadcaster has been a media partner of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for many years. The collaboration regularly results in extensive and elaborate coverage of the meetings, disemminated around the globe in many languages.

 

Deutsche Welle

 

Bayerischer Rundfunk & ARD-alpha

Rooted in Bavaria, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings cooperate closely with the Bavarian broadcasting corporation Bayerischer Rundfunk. The media partnership, officially endorsed in 2014, culminated in the launch of  Germany’s first national public service educational TV channel “ARD-alpha” at the 64th Lindau Meeting.

 

Bayerischer Rundfunk

ARD-alpha

 

Schwäbische Zeitung

Schwäbische Zeitung, the most widely-read daily newspaper in the region surrounding Lindau, has been covering the Lindau Meetings extensively and substantially for many years. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings continue to cooperate closely with the editorial board to reach the public at large – locally, in  the wider region and beyond.

 

Schwäbische Zeitung

 

Nature

Nature, the world’s most highly cited weekly, international, interdisciplinary journal of science, has cooperated with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for many years to produce special editions of the supplement Nature Outlook and series of educational videos.

 

Nature

 

AAAS/Science

The year 2015 marks the start of a strategic cooperation with Science, one of the premier global science weekly, and its publisher the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As a first joint project, a webinar entitled “Persevering in Science – Advice from Nobel Laureates” will be produced and broadcast live at the 65th Lindau Meeting.

 

Science

AAAS

Webinar “Persevering in Science – Advice from Nobel Laureates”

 

Heidelberg Laureate Forum

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are closely affiliated with the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, the annual meeting of prize-winning and aspiring young mathematicians and computer scientists. Established in 2013 upon an initiative of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, these meetings are organised by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation. Their protagonists are the winners of the most prestigious awards in mathematics and computer science: the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal (including the Nevanlinna Prize for contributions in “Mathematical Aspects of Information Science”), and the ACM A.M. Turing Award.

 

Heidelberg Laureate Forum

 

Falling Walls

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings act as academic partner of Falling Walls, the international conference on future breakthroughs in science and society. As part of this partnership, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings regularly nominate young scientists for participation in Falling Walls Lab. This conference session offers the opportunity to excellent young academics and professionals to present their ideas, research projects and initiatives.

 

Falling Walls

 

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings cooperate closely with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) to further develop the mediatheque of the Lindau Meetings. The MPIWG is dedicated to the study of the history of science and aims to understand scientific thinking and practice as historical phenomena.

 

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

 

IPN - Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education

The Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) supports the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in organising workshops in the course of “Teaching Spirit”, the annual programme that recognises and rewards the role and work of excellent teachers.

 

IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education