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...

Annual Reports


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Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. h.c.

Dagmar Schipanski

Corresponding Member

Personal Details

Born 03. Sept. 1943 in Saettelstaedt/Thuringia, Germany, married, three children

Professional career

1962: A-levels
1962 - 1967: Studies of applied physics at the Technical University "Otto von Guericke", Magdeburg
1967: Qualified engineer for applied physics
1967 - 1990: Assistant and senior assistant at the Technical University of Ilmenau
1972: Further studies at the Institute for Semiconductors of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union, Novosibirsk
1976: Doctorate in the field of solid state electronics
1985: Qualification as a professor in the field of solid state electronics
1990: Professor for solid state electronics
1990 - 1993: Dean of the faculty for electronic engineering and information technology at Technical University of Ilmenau
1994: Deputy vice chancellor for education
1995 - 1996: Rector of Technical University of Ilmenau
1999: Candidate of CDU and CSU parties for the office of Federal President of Germany
1999 - 2004: Minister for Science, Research and the Arts in Thuringia
2002: President of the standing conference of the Ministers of Education and the Arts of Germany
since 2004: President of the Thuringian Parliament


1992 - 1998: Member of the Federal Republic of Germany's Scientific Council
1996 - 1998: Chairperson of the Scientific Council
1995 - 1998: Member of the Council for Research, Technology and Innovation at the Federal Chancellor of Germany
since 1996: Member of the Academy of Sciences with Benefit to the Public in Erfurt
since 1998: Member of the Academy of Sciences Berlin-Brandenburg
since 1998: Member of the German Academy of Science Researchers LEOPOLDINA, Halle
since 1998: Member of the board of the Central German Broadcasting Corporation MDR
1998 - 2003: Member of the UNESCO World Commission for Ethics in Science and Technology, COMEST
1998 - 2000: Member of the Chamber for Public Responsibility of the Protestant Church in Germany EKD
since 2000: Member of the executive committee of the Christian Democratic Union CDU Germany
since 2001: Member of the international advisory council of the United Nations' University, Tokyo

Honorary posts

1991: Expert of the EU for scientific programmes
1995 - 2000: Senator of the Fraunhofer Society
since 1999: Senator of the Max Planck Society
since 1999: President of the German Cancer Aid
since 2001: Member of the committee charitable Hertie-foundation
since 2003: Chairperson of the Lennart-Bernadotte-Foundation
since 2005: Chairperson of the Society for the Preservation of Thurinigian Places and Gardens


1995: Verdienstkreuz 1st class of the Federal Republic of Germany (decoration for meritorious services rendered)
1999: Arthur Burkhardt Award
2000: Woman of the Year
2001: Award Women of Europe - Germany
2002: Courage-Award


For this one week in July, I felt a part of the global scientific community in a way that I never had before.
Nicole Alexandra Larsen, Doctoral Candidate at Yale University