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...

The Lindau Institutions




Founders' Assembly

Honorary Senat


Count Lennart Bernadotte (†)

Honorary President

of the Council and the Foundation 

Count Bernadotte launched the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings more than 50 years ago and as spiritus rector remained to the end committed to this great cause. Drawing inspiration from his grandfather, later King Gustaf V of Sweden, who presented the first Nobel Prizes, Count Bernadotte chaired the Council for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for 38 years, before serving as Honorary President.

A true visionary and the soul of the Lindau Meetings over decades, in his dedication to public service and to the advancement of science and human knowledge Count Bernadotte embodied the best in Europe. A mentor to generations of young scientists form around the world, Count Bernadotte was a man of exceptional qualities with his pioneering spirit and lived for what he believed in. His impact on the Lindau Meetings has set lasting standards, and his counsel, his drive and his energy will be missed solemnly by us all.

He passed away at the age of 95 at Mainau Castle on December 21, 2004.


With the world still reeling from the financial crisis and widespread economic uncertainty persisting, the need for new economic thinking is more pressing than ever. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is an ideal venue for advancing the discussion.
Joseph E. Stiglitz (Economic Sciences, 2001)