Once every year, around 30-40 Nobel Laureates convene in Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: 600 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines.

The meetings focus alternately on physiology and medicine, on physics, and on chemistry – the three natural science Nobel Prize disciplines. An interdisciplinary meeting revolving around all three natural sciences is held every five years. In addition, the Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences is held every three years.

The scientific programme of each Lindau Meeting is based on the principle of dialogue. The different sessions – lectures, discussions, Master Classes, and panel discussions – are designed to activate the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experience between and among Nobel Laureates and young scientists.


The lectures held at the Lindau Meetings are not only educative, but highly inspirational, motivating, and memorable. Nobel Laureates take centre stage to address current research findings, to elaborate on their own historical achievements, or to raise awareness of fundamentally important issues.

Agora Talks

The Agora Talks feature one or two Nobel Laureates and a moderator, discussing a topic of the laureate’s choosing. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions in an open forum setting. This format is especially suitable for controversial and new topics.

Open Exchange

At the Lindau Meetings, each lecturer also chairs an open exchange session — accessible exclusively to the young meeting participants. The intimacy, informality, and frankness that mould the atmosphere of these discussions allows for personal questions, controversial reflections and in-depth specialist analyses.

Master Classes

The Master Classes are rooted in the principles of mentoring and mutual learning. At each meeting, select participants are given the opportunity to present their current research work to a Nobel Laureate in order to receive feedback and advice. The subsequent discussions, involving the audience, are marked by a high level of professionalism and specialisation.

Panel Discussions

High-profile panel discussions embracing topical and meaningful issues are an integral component of the Lindau Meetings. With Nobel Laureates engaging actively in the debates, these panels provide the floor with a profound survey of the state of affairs in challenging fields of research.

Poster Sessions

Thirty selected young scientists are given the opportunity to present their research in front of Nobel Laureates and the other meeting participants during the Poster Session. In addition, all poster presenters give a two-minute ‘Poster Flash’, in which they explain their research in a concise way.

Partner Events & Science Breakfast

The Lindau Meetings offer a great variety of options for partner events, such as the Science Pitch or Partner Breakfasts. Since 2018, the Lindau Meetings host their own Science Breakfast, stimulating lively debates by all meeting participants at various breakfast tables.

Science Walks

During a Science Walk, Nobel Laureates spend their time exploring picturesque spots in Lindau and its surroundings together with ten young scientists. It is yet another opportunity for personal and informal discussions.

Laureate Lunches

During a Laureate Lunch, a Nobel Laureate sits together with up to ten young scientists at a local restaurant in Lindau to talk informally over lunch.

Life Lecture

The ‘Life Lecture’ intends to cover the life experiences of a Nobel Laureate rather than a scientific topic. It is designed to motivate and inspire the young audience and numbers among the emotional highlights of the Lindau Meeting’s lecture programme.

Meeting Venue Inselhalle

The Lindau Meetings take place in the conference venue Inselhalle that was reopened in 2018 after two years of extensive modernisation. A large event area with breakout rooms, a generous foyer as well as the modern technical equipement enables innovate programme formats – such as the Agora Talks or the Science Breakfast.

Location of the Inselhalle

Annual Reports

Every year the Council and the Foundation publish an annual report which provides an in-depth overview of all activities.

Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014

All Annual Reports since 2005

Upcoming Lindau Meetings


70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
27 June – 2 July 2021



71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
26 June – 1 July 2022


7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences
23 August – 27 August 2022


Past Meetings

Online Activities 2020

Two events provided digital alternatives to the Lindau Meetings which were postponed to 2021:


The Online Science Days gathered Nobel Laureates, Lindau Alumni and young scientists/economists.

During the Sciathon 48 teams worked virtually together on their project ideas.


Since their beginnings in 1951, the Lindau Meetings have evolved into a unique international forum for scientific exchange. It was the two Lindau physicians Franz Karl Hein and Gustav Wilhelm Parade who approached Count Lennart Bernadotte af Wisborg of nearby Mainau Island to jointly develop and implement the idea that marked the start of a long and continuing history.

Count Bernadotte – a grandson of King Gustaf V of Sweden – had excellent connections to Stockholm. Especially due to his efforts, seven Nobel Laureates agreed to participate in the first “European Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Medicine” held at Lindau in 1951. This extraordinary meeting was conceived as a European initiative of post-war reconciliation among scientists.


The initial success led to the establishment of periodic meetings of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, dedicated alternately to the Nobel Prize disciplines physiology or medicine, physics, and chemistry. Already back in 1953, the decision was made to have undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers join the dialogue. In 2004, the first of the additional regular Lindau Meetings on Economic Sciences was held.


Mini Lecture “The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings”

Book “Science at First Hand – 65 years of Lindau Meetings”

Council & Foundation

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are jointly organised by two institutions – the Council and the Foundation. They act in concert to warrant the continuity of the meetings and to advance their constant development.

The Council

The Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings was founded in 1954, three years after the first Lindau Meeting, to secure their existence and shape their future development. Count Lennart Bernadotte, one of the three founders of the meetings, became the first president of the Council.


The purpose of the Council is to organise the annual meetings on the basis of an elaborate scientific programme. This includes the establishment and maintenance of close relations with scientific partners worldwide.


The Council will ensure that eligible and qualified young scientists get the chance to participate in the Lindau Meetings. In this regard, the Council is also responsible for the acquisition of financial means for organising the meetings – in close collaboration with the Foundation. The Council maintains an executive secretariat in Lindau.


Council Articles of Association


Council Members

Honorary President

Count Lennart Bernadotte af Wisborg (†)



Countess Bettina Bernadotte af Wisborg



Wolfgang Lubitz
Helga Nowotny



Nikolaus Turner



Rainer Blatt
Thomas Ellerbeck
Klas Kärre
Stefan H. E. Kaufmann
Jürgen Kluge
Heiner Linke
Hartmut Michel
Torsten Persson
Reinhard Pöllath
Klaus Schmidt


Corresponding Members

Lars Bergström
Astrid Gräslund
Hans Jörnvall


Permanent Guests

Claudia Alfons, Mayor of the town of Lindau
Christof Widmer, Chairman of the Education, Science and Research Commission of the International Lake Constance Conference (IBK)

The Foundation

The Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings was established in the year 2000 upon the initiative of fifty Nobel Laureates.


In general, the Foundation’s objective is to promote science, research, and related societal activities. In particular, its main purpose is to ensure the continuance and further development of the Lindau Meetings. This includes the support of outreach projects and initiatives.


The members of the most prestigious committee of the Foundation, the Honorary Senate, are valued advisors to the board of directors and distinguished ambassadors for the cause of the Lindau Meetings.


The Foundation is registered on Mainau Island. In the interest of a close collaboration with the Council, the office of the Foundation is also based in Lindau.


Foundation Statutes

Foundation Board of Directors
Founders Assembly

Through their membership in the Founders Assembly, Nobel Laureates demonstrate their strong support of the Lindau Meetings and entrust the Foundation with the consistent further development of Lindau’s intergenerational dialogue. To date, 350 Nobel Laureates constitute the assembly.


Founders Assembly

Honorary Senate

The most prestigious committee of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings is the Honorary Senate. Its members function as advisors to the board and distinguished ambassadors for the cause of the Lindau Meetings.


Josef Ackermann
Former CEO of Deutsche Bank AG


Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish
Director-General of the OPEC Fund for International Development


José Manuel Barroso
Former President of the European Commission


Ernesto Bertarelli
Former CEO Serono S.A. and Two-time winner of America’s Cup


Christof Bosch
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Bosch Stiftung


Martin T:son Engstroem
Founder and Managing Director of the Verbier Festival and Academy


William H. Gates III
Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Ulrich Grete
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Ecoscientia Foundation


Bertrand Gros

Chairman of the Board of Rolex SA


Roman Herzog (†)
Former Federal President of Germany


Klaus J. Jacobs (†)
Founder of the Jacobs Foundation


Henning Kagermann
President of the acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering


Walter B. Kielholz
Chairman of the supervisory board and former CEO of Swiss Re


Klaus Kleinfeld
Former Chairman & CEO, Siemens AG, Germany and Alcoa Inc./Arconic Inc., United States


Malcolm D. Knight
Former Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank AG


Pamela Mars
Member of the Board of Directors of Mars, Inc.


Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany


Joachim Milberg
Former CEO of BMW AG / Former President of acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering


Ferdinand K. Piëch (†)
Former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG


Johannes Rau (†)
Former Federal President of Germany


Annette Schavan
Former German Federal Minister of Education and Research


Thomas Schmidheiny
Member of the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim Ltd


Shri Kapil Sibal
Indian Minister for Law and Justice


HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Member of the Thai Royal Family


Gunnar Stålsett
Bishop emeritus of Oslo and member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee


Edmund Stoiber
Former Minister-President of Bavaria


Marcus Storch
Former Chairman of the Nobel Foundation


Tony Tan
President of the Republic of Singapore


Erwin Teufel
Former Minister-President of Baden-Wuerttemberg


Klaus Tschira (†)
Co-founder of SAP AG and founder and Executive Director of the Klaus Tschira Foundation


Daniel Vasella
Former CEO of Novartis AG


Ulrich Wilhelm

Director General of Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting)


Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker
Secretary General of the Human Frontier Science Program


Martin Winterkorn
Former Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG


Hansjörg Wyss
Swiss entrepreneur and philantropist

Academic Partners

The Lindau Meetings cooperate with more than 200 of the most renowned science and research institutions worldwide to identify the most qualified participants. In the majority of cases, young scientists have to be nominated by these academic partners in order to be able to apply for participation.

The cooperation with academic partners in about 65 countries is a cornerstone of the on-going internationalisation process of the Lindau Meetings. The network is continuously expanded. By means of memoranda of understanding, both sides commit themselves to connect and promote aspiring young scientists worldwide.


Academic Partners for the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Academic Partners for the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences