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...

Nikolaus Turner

Treasurer of the Council

Member of the Executive Board

Nikolaus Turner is Managing Director and Member of the Executive Board of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Nikolaus Turner, born 1964, assumed the newly created position of Managing Director of the Foundation in April 2009.

In this position, he focuses on the further development of the ‘Mission Education,’ the internationalization of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and their participants, and on securing the independence of this internationally recognized forum.

After matriculation in Stuttgart and military service, he studied Law in Bonn and Munich. Between 1992 and 2009, he has held the position of Managing Director to the Kester-Haeusler-Foundation (Kester-Haeusler-Stiftung), a non-profit foundation according to civil law, supporting sciences, research and the arts, based in Fürstenfeldbruck near Munich, Germany.

As a Member of the Board of Directors, Nikolaus Turner has had close ties with the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings since its establishment in 2000 at the request of 50 Nobel Laureates.
In addition to his position with the Foundation, he continues to remain active as honorary Treasurer of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Turner will therefore contribute to further enhancing the cooperation between both the Foundation and the Council, which together organize the unique encounters between Nobel Laureates and highly talented young scientists who have journeyed to the heart of Europe from all over the world.

Among other engagements as a recognized expert in foundation systems, Nikolaus Turner is a pro bono board member or trustee of several foundations and non-profit organizations. Among others, he is the Chair of the Hans und Maiti Kammerer Stiftung, Stuttgart, which supports architecture and the education of students of architecture at universities, Member of the Board of the Henrik und Emanuel Moor Stiftung, which pays tribute to the two brothers as artists and their achievements the one as respected painter and the other as an internationally known composer, and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Deutsche Schillerstiftung von 1859, Weimar. He is the initiator and vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation for the District of Fürstenfeldbruck (Bürgerstiftung für den Landkreis Fürstenfeldbruck). He has been a member of the Advisory Board for the German Association of Foundations (Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen, Berlin; 1998-2012), where he chaired the Affinity Group for Community Foundations (1999-2012).

He received the Federal Cross of Merit from Germany’s Federal President for his honorary commitment in April 2008.


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)