Peter Grünberg 1939–2018

Peter Grünberg during the 58th Lindau Meeting in 2008. Photo/Credit: Christian Flemming/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

We mourn the loss of Nobel Laureate Peter Grünberg, who sadly passed away at the age 78 last week. The German physicist received the Nobel Prize in Physics 2007 together with Albert Fert for discovering a new physical effect: Giant Magnetoresistance. He studied in Frankfurt and Darmstadt and carried out research at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, before returning to Germany to join the Institute for Solid State Physics at Forschungszentrum Jülich in 1972, where he was a leading researcher until his retirement.

Peter Grünberg participated in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings three times. The Council and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings would like to express their regret and offer Peter Grünebrg’s Family their condolences.

First Eddy Fischer Lindau Fellowship from the Vallee Foundation

Photo: Courtesy of Martine Abboud

Dr. Martine Abboud, University of Oxford, is the first recipient of the Eddy Fischer Lindau Fellowship by the Vallee Foundation. Dr. Abboud is thrilled about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity:

“I would like to genuinely thank the Vallee Foundation. The Lindau Meeting will be a brainstorming session that will definitely widen my perspective and help me to grow and develop as a scientist. I aspire to meaningfully contribute to the society and would cherish the opportunity to meet with my role models in the field and other fellow young scientists.”

With the fellowship, the Vallee Foundation  honours the Nobel Laureate Edmond H. Fischer.


First Webinar for Lindau Alumni

Webinar host Alaina G. Levine at the 67th Lindau Nobel Lauraete Meeting. Photo: Julia Nimke/Lindau Nobel Laurate Meetings

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings offered the first ever webinar exclusively to Lindau Alumni on 22 March 2018, 17.00 CET.

Hosted by science writer and career consultant Alaina Levine, the webinar “What Should I Do With My Career? Recognising Your Passion and Catalysing Your Potential” addressed the unique skill sets of Lindau Alumni and discuss ways in which they can communicate that value to others.

This is the first in a series of webinars being produced by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for alumni and community members. 

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Contruction Works for the Pier Have Started

Preparations for the construction of the pier in Lake Constance. Photo: Lisa Vincenz-Donnelly/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

On 15 March, the construction works for the new pier of the Lindau Science Trail have started. With the pier, which will mark the central station of the Lindau Science Trail, the Council and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings want to honour all the Nobel Laureates that have attended the Lindau Meetings to date. The pier is located close to the meeting venue Inselhalle and will be officially inaugurated during the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which will take place 24–29 June.

Funding for the project is secured by the foundation Prof. Otto Beisheim Stiftung.

Young Scientists: Selection Process for #LiNo18 Completed

Young scientists during the 67th Lindau Meeting. Photo/Credit: Christian Flemming/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

The selection process has been completed: A total of 600 outstanding students, doctoral candidates and post-docs with a gender ratio of 50:50 will participate in the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physiology/Medicine). The participants originate from a 84 nations.


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Record 42 Nobel Laureates to Participate in #LiNo18


Elizabeth Blackburn will be one of 42 Nobel Laureates participating in the 68th Lindau Meeting. Photo/Credit: Rolf Schultes/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Thus far, 42 Nobel Laureates as well as a recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award have confirmed their participation in the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to physiology and medicine – more than ever before at a medicine meeting.

Among the participating laureates are also three newly minted Nobel Laureates: the two biologists Michael Rosbash and Michael Young, who were honoured for their research on the inner clock, have confirmed their participation as well as the German-American chemist Joachim Frank


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Richard E. Taylor 1929–2018

Nobel Laureate in Physics Richard E. Taylor. Photo/Credit: Peter Badge/typos 1 in coop. with Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

We deeply regret to report that laureate Richard Edward Taylor passed away on 22 February 2018 at the age of 88. Taylor received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990 together with Jerome I. Friedman and Henry W. Kendall for discoveries about deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, insights that have been crucial for the development of the quark model.

Originally from Alberta, Canada, Taylor completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford University. After several years at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California, he returned to Stanford University in 1962. He attended the Lindau Meeting in 1994. 

The Council and Foundation extend their deep sympathies to Richard Taylor’s family.

Günter Blobel 1936–2018

Günter Blobel talking to young scientists at the 57th Lindau Meeting in 2007. Photo/Credit: Christian Flemming/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

The Council and Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings mourn the loss of Nobel Laureate Günter Blobel, who died on 18 February 2018, age 81. The German-born biochemist received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1999 for his discovery that proteins have intrinsic signals that regulate their transport and localisation in the cell. He studied medicine in Frankfurt, Kiel, Munich and Tübingen before moving to the US where he was appointed to a professorship at the Rockefeller University, New York, in 1992. 

Günter Blobel participated in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings four times and was always very engaged in discussing science with the next generation of researchers.

Countess Bettina Bernadotte offers Günter Blobel’s wife, Laura, and the rest of his family her condolences on behalf of the Council and the Foundation.

New Venue: Five-Year Contract Signed With Inselhalle Lindau

The new Inselhalle Lindau will be opened in April 2018. Picture/Credit: Auer Weber Architekten/Lindau Tourismus und Kongress GmbH

Starting this summer, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings will take place in the new conference centre Inselhalle: On 17 January 2018, Nikolaus Turner, Board Member of the Foundation and the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, and Dr. Gerhard Ecker, Lord Mayor of Lindau, have signed a five-year contract for the reconstructed and extended Inselhalle Lindau.

Since the 1980s, the Inselhalle has served as the venue of the Lindau Meetings. Due to the reconstruction during the last two years, the Lindau Meetings took place in the smaller city theatre. The new Inselhalle will offer double the space than previously, accommodating the usual number of participants, which had to be reduced during the reconstruction, and enabling a new programme design due to additional rooms.

Nobel Heroes at Los Alamos History Museum

Exhibition at the Los Alamos History Museum in New Mexico. Photo/Credit: Peter Badge/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

From 12 January–27 April 2018 Nobel Laureate portraits by photographer Peter Badge can be viewed in the Los Alamos History Museum in New Mexico. At the vernissage on Thursday, 11 January 2018, Bishop emeritus Gunnar Stålsett, former Vice Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, held a keynote address reflecting on science, humanity and world peace. The keynote was followed by a discussion on “the enduring relationship of art, science and peace.”

The exhibition includes the portraits of Nobel Laureates associated with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and is supported by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, Mars, Incorporated, and the Los Alamos Historical Society.