Nobel Laureates

The commitment of Nobel Laureates to foster the exchange among scientists has been the mainstay of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings ever since their beginnings in 1951. To this day, more than 350 recipients of the esteemed Nobel Prize have followed the annual invitation to meet the next generation of leading scientists at Lindau.

For many Nobel laureates the Lindau Meetings have become an integral part of their yearly schedule. More than 280 Nobel Laureates have joined the foundation’s Founders Assembly in the endeavour to support the Lindau Meetings and their outreach Projects.


For young scientists standing at the beginning of their careers, it is a valuable opportunity to meet these undisputed role models and mentors, to seek their advice in special technical issues or in personal matters, to exchange thoughts and views, and to discuss current developments in science and beyond.


At the Lindau Meetings the Nobel Laureates shape the scientific programme with their topical preferences. As a result, the Lindau Meetings provide the unique opportunity to experience both the professional and the personal side of Nobel Laureates.


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The Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. Its founder, the Swedish scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, author and pacifist Alfred Nobel, had laid down in his will that much of his wealth should be used to establish the prize. It consists of a medal, a personal diploma, and a cash award.


Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded to those men and women who have “conferred the greatest benefit to mankind” (from the will of Alfred Nobel) through ground-breaking discoveries, inventions or improvements in physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine, through outstanding literature and through their commitment for peace.


In 1968, Sweden’s national bank Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel which is often referred to as the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.


More information: The official website on the Nobel Prize


Young Scientists

The opportunity to join the annual gathering of Nobel Laureates at Lindau is provided exclusively to outstanding young scientists aged up to 35 – undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers. In order to participate in a meeting, they have to pass a multi-step application and selection process.

Applicants who have successfully mastered the application process undoubtedly represent the emerging generation of leading scientists and researchers. Apart from taking the one-time chance to participate in a Lindau Meeting, these young scientists become part of a special community – a network of excellence. As alumni of the Lindau Meetings, former participants stay connected with each other and become ambassadors of the scientific dialogue fostered by the Lindau Meetings.


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Application and Selection Process

Every year, a scientific review panel appointed by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings is responsible for evaluating the numerous applications by young scientist from all over the globe who aspire to participate in a Lindau Meeting.  – Who may apply? How to apply? – Please find all questions answered below.

Who may apply
Undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world are eligible to apply for participation in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The age limit is 35. Any other full-time professional occupation besides academic study and research is a disqualifier. Fluency in English is essential to participate actively in the Lindau Meetings. Former participants may not apply again – participating in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


How to apply

The application process is web-based. The central information platform and online database for applicants is called NAPERS. There are two ways to apply for participation: as a nominee of an academic partner institution, or as an open applicant. On NAPERS, applicants will be automatically guided through the appropriate process.


Applying as a nominee

In the majority of cases, young scientists have to be nominated by academic partners of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in order to be registered as applicants. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings interact closely with some of the most renowned science and research institutions worldwide to identify the most qualified meeting participants. These academic partners include leading universities, academies of science, research institutions, foundations, innovative enterprises, and central banks. Applying with these academic partners in order to become a nominee is the first step of the regular nomination and selection process. As the conditions for applying with the academic partners differ, applicants are advised to directly consult with the appropriate institution – as instructed on NAPERS.


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Processing an open application

In exceptional cases, an open application may be processed directly to the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings – mostly if young scientists do not have the option to apply regularly with the academic partners of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. On the central information platform and online database for applicants – NAPERS – users will be automatically informed if the open application process applies.


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When to apply

Every year in September, the web-based application process starts; it usually ends in December. The exact dates and deadlines are announced online. Applicants may then apply on the central information platform and online database for applicants, NAPERS. Applicants will be automatically informed whether they should apply with an academic partner, or whether they may process an open application.


How are the participants selected

A scientific review panel appointed by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings is responsible for selecting the participants of each meeting. The reviewers closely examine all submitted applications. As selection criteria, the applicants’ academic and research achievements, appraisals, merits, and recommendations are just as decisive as testimonies of their strong personal motivation and dedication.


When to expect the results

Every year in February/March, the results of the application process for young scientists are publicised. All applicants are informed individually whether they have passed the selection process and will be invited to attend the up-coming Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.



Once accepted as participants of a Lindau Meeting, young scientists are supported in all organisational matters by the executive secretariat of the council. The participation fee for a young scientist (including boarding and lodging) amounts to a total of 5.000 Euros. This lump sum contributes to the total meeting costs. In the vast majority of cases it can be arranged for that the participation fee is entirely covered by academic partners, supporters, or through grants – the Young Scientist Support provides guidance in these matters.


Please contact the Young Scientist Support for any further questions.