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...

Dr. Gerhard Ecker

Permanent Guest

Gerhard Ecker
Born on 4 August 1957 in Augsburg/Germany

Speaks German, English and French




Primary School


Junior High School



Industrial business management assistant



Secondary School



Studied Law, legal clerkship



Doctor of Laws





Free state of Bavaria (Ministry of the Interior, etc.)



City of Augsburg (responsible for finances, staff, properties  and sport ) City director


Since April 2012    

Mayor of the City of Lindau, Lake Constance

At this phase of my life, I have the chance to work on health issues, agricultural issues, and on the need for innovation to help the poorest. This is why I am excited to be at the Meeting in Lindau. Because I think advances there will be particularly important and without you paying attention to them it is possible they will not take place.
William H. Gates III, Chairman of Microsoft and Member of The Honorary Senate