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


Every year the Council and the Foundation publish an Annual Report which provides an in-depth overview of all activities. Read more...

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


The intense exchange between scientists from very different fields and very many nations is probably more important today than ever before. This is exactly what make these Meetings here in Lindau so very valuable.
Ferdinand K. Piëch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG and Member of the Honorary Senate