Published 23 March 2023 by Qaisar Khan

Enjoy Every Second of the Lindau Meeting!

Aerial view of Lindau Island
In 2023, Lindau will once again welcome Nobel Laureates and Young Scientists.
Department of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry at the University of Malakand Chakdara

Qaisar Khan, material researcher at the Department of Chemistry and Centre for Computational and Material Science (CCMS) at the University of Malakand Chakdara, in Pakistan, participated in the 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2022. Here, he reveals what the recently selected Young Scientists for the 72nd Lindau Meeting may look forward to.

#LINO22 was really an impressive and excellent experience – a well-organised, respectable platform to exchange ideas – not only about science, enjoy the lively environment. My highlight in regard of the scientific programme were the Next Gen Science Sessions, presentations delivered by the Young Scientists who had successfully applied to actively take part in this format.

A Colourful Moment

Besides the main programme, I attended the Chill & Grill at Toskana Park, a marvellous event to enable exchange between the Nobel Laureates, Young Scientists and citizens of Lindau. Another remarkable social event was the Bavarian Evening. The last evening in the Inselhalle is spent with Bavarian food and music while many Young Scientists wear the traditional attire of their home region – a festive and colourful time.

Qaisar at the Bavarian Evening
Qaisar at the Bavarian Evening

The closing day of the meeting traditionally consists of a boat trip to Mainau Island located at the other tip of Lake Constance. After the arrival on Mainau you will enjoy the last panel discussion, the closing ceremony and the science picnic. Afterwards, there is still enough time to discover the beautiful island which is famous for garden art.

Programme After the Meeting

For me, the time in Southern Germany was not over after the closing day of the meeting, as I had the chance to attend the Post Conference Programme. I had applied for the option to get an insight into the science landscape in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Together with about 15 other Alumni I experienced a tour to several scientific institutions in this region. This programme was one out of three. The two other programmes were organised by the University of Konstanz and the Max Planck Society.

An International Network

Group of scientists working with microscopes
Qaisar Khan taking a closer look with a microscope

My advice for future participants is to invest your full time and energy to take the sessions, listen carefully, ask question and exchange ideas, interact with open mind and in a respectable way with Young Scientists and Nobel Laureates. Ask about experiences and develop concrete collaborations. Become an ambassador of the “Lindau Spirit” and communicate it to the worldwide science community. I am still in contact with other participants, the Lindau Alumni Network is very convenient to text and communicate.

I am sure the newly selected participants of the 72nd Lindau Nobel Meeting dedicated to Physiology/Medicine will also have a great time in Lindau. Enjoy every second of the Lindau Meeting!

Qaisar Khan

Qaisar Khan is working on structural, magnetic and dielectric properties of Rare Earth substituted spinel ferrites, the optimisation of materials for energy and data storage and microwaves absorption application at the Department of Chemistry and Centre for Computational and Material Science (CCMS), University of Malakand/Pakistan. His interest in natural sciences already began in childhood; today he aims to solve problems about sustainability and innovative energy storage by thinking out of the box.