Published 29 May 2020 by Daniela Thiel

Online Science Days 2020: This Is What Awaits Us

Involved in the Online Science Days 2020: Brian Schmidt. Credit: Julia Nimke/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Only one more month, then the Online Science Days are going to start. From 28 June – 1 July the scientific world will not gather in Lindau but on a virtual meeting platform: The Online Science Days 2020 will build the virtual alternative for exchange between different generations, cultures and disciplines, as the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting and the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences had to be postponed to 2021 Nobel Laureates, participants of former Lindau Meetings (Lindau Alumni) and the young scientists and young economists who are invited to the Meetings 2021 will share some Lindau moments virtually.

A Manifold Programme

2020 turns out to be a very different year. Many expectations had to be adjusted to the current circumstances. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings will make the best of it and hope to still share the “Lindau Spirit” with participants all around the globe. 38 Nobel Laureates have confirmed their participation in the event. They will be part of debates, conversations and talks. After most programme items there will be the possibility for paticipants to ask questions.

Every programme block starts with a short video called “Lindau Impressions” to tune in the audience for the scientific programme. You can find the programme in our mediatheque. If you are interested in the names of the Nobel Laureates, you can go through the list here and find out more about their research in our mediatheque.

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In 2021 the scientific world will meet again in Lindau. Credit: Julia Nimke/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

The Main Topics

The Online Science Days make it possible to hear discussions from a top-class podium about topics that are totally up-to-date: For example research about COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2, the economic and social challenges of the crisis, communication about climate change, green chemistry. You can read the abstracts here. Some of the programme blocks focus on topics that affect young researchers in particular: Starting a career, better inclusion of women in science and scientific collaborations. During the Next Gen Science Sessions and the presentations of the Sciathon results, members of the Lindau Alumni,  young scientists and young economists community will have the opportunity to showcaase for their work.

In addition, the Lindau Guidelines will be discussed – the plan to develop and support a new approach for global, sustainable and cooperative open science.

As the Online Science Days 2020 gather representatives from all the  scientific disciplines of the Nobel Prize, the exchange will be extremely interdisciplinary this year: Nobel Laureates, Lindau Alumni and young scientists from physics, chemistry, physiology and medicine as well as economic sciences come together.

Looking forward to 2021

And the best thing: Next year they will meet physically in Lindau to continure their exchange. From 27 June – 2 July 2021 the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will celebrate its 70th jubilee and from 24 August – 28 August 2021 the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences will take place here in Lindau.

Daniela Thiel

Editor and part of the communications team of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.