Before the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, I interviewed several talented female participants about their career paths, passion for science, and struggles and successes for the Lindau blog and my “Women in Research” blog – a blog to increase the visibility of women in research. Now, after the meeting, several of these young women in science shared their #LINO23 impressions with me.
Hopefully, these impressions will convince you to apply for next year’s 73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (dedicated to Physics) from 30 June – 5 July 2024.
You can find more information about the application process here.
Birgül Akolpoglu from Turkey:
“Delving Into the Depths of Science and Life”
I had an incredible journey at the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting — an event that was both inspirational and motivational. It all kicked off with a bang when I got a free entrance to the Andy Warhol exhibition as a meeting participant, setting the stage for an inspiring experience even before the official meetings began!
Throughout the entire week, I had numerous encounters that left me with a profound sense of change. What truly stood out were the opportunities to connect with new people during every lunch, dinner, or coffee break. It was remarkable how, within a mere two minutes of conversation, we found ourselves delving into the depths of science and life itself, creating meaningful connections.
While every Nobel Laureate I met made an impression on me, there was a particular highlight — dining with Morten Meldal and his wife, Phaedria Marie St. Hilaire. Our conversations ranged from captivating research to the intricacies of life, family, and relationships. To receive firsthand life lessons from such successful and brilliant individuals was an unparalleled experience that I will forever treasure.
Frances H. Arnold‘s self-confidence and boundless enthusiasm left me amazed, while Martin Chalfie generously took a 15-minute break to discuss career aspects with me and encourage me to pursue my passion. Their wisdom and guidance were truly invaluable.
Each evening, as I returned to my hotel room, I tried to journal my day away, ensuring that not a single precious memory slipped through the cracks. The week then came to an end and left me with immense inspiration and a change of perspective. I cannot recommend it to young researchers from around the globe to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!