Thomas A. Steitz 1940–2018

Thomas Steitz with young scientists at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2018. Photo/Credit: Christian Flemming/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

The Council and Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings deeply mourns the loss of laureate Thomas Steitz, who sadly passed away on 9 October 2018 at the age of 78. He received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies on ribosomes.

Steitz completed his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at Harvard University in 1966. After research stays in Europe, he moved back to the US. He was a Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Professor of Chemistry at Yale University.

Thomas Steitz participated in four Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, only recently in 2018. The Council and Foundation extend their deep sympathies to Thomas Steitz’ family.

2018 Prize in Economic Sciences

2018 Laureates in Economic Sciences William D. Nordhaus and Paul Romer. Ilustration: Niklas Elmehed. Copyright: Nobel Media AB 2018

On Monday, 8 October 2018, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced their decision to award the 2018 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel to William D. Nordhaus “for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis” and Paul M. Romer “for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis”. 

Learn more about the 2018 Prize in Economic Sciences here

2018 Nobel Peace Prize

2018 Nobel Peace Laureates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad. Illustration: Niklas Elmehed. Copyright: Nobel Media AB 2018.

On Friday, 5 October 2018 the Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Muradfor their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

Find out more about the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize here.

2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

2018 Nobel Laureates Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter. Illustration: Niklas Elmehed. Copyright: Nobel Media AB 2018.

On Wednesday, 3 October 2018, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018 to Frances H. Arnold “for the directed evolution of enzymes”  and to George P. Smith and Sir Gregory P. Winter “for the phage display of peptides and antibodies”.

Find out more about the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry here.

2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

2018 Nobel Laureates Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland. Ilustration: Niklas Elmehed. Copyright: Nobel Media AB 2018.

On Tuesday, 2 October 2018, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 to Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland for their breakthrough inventions in the field of laser physics.

Find out more about the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics here.

2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Allison and Honjo

2018 Nobel Laureates James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo. Ilustration: Niklas Elmehed. Copyright: Nobel Media AB 2018

On Monday, 1 October 2018, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.

Find out more about the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology here.

Sir James A. Mirrlees 1936–2018

Sir James A. Mirrlees interacts with young econimists at the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences. Photo/Credit: Christian Flemming/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

The Council and Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings mourn the loss of laureate Sir James A. Mirrlees, who died on 29 August 2018, age 82. The British economist co-received the Sverige Rikesbank Prize in Economics in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 1996 for fundamental contributions to the economic theory of incentives under asymmetric information.

He was Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Cambridge, UK, and Master of Morningside College, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Sir James Mirrlees participated in five Lindau Meetings on Economic Sciences since 2004. The Council and the Foundation offer his wife, Lady Patricia Mirrlees, and his family their sincerest condolences.

New Meeting Venue Inselhalle Officially Opened

The newly renovated meeting venue Inselhalle has officially opened. Photo/Credit: Christian Flemming

On 8 August 2018, the renewed conference center Inselhalle held its official opening ceremony. The meeting venue, which has been home to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings since the 1980s, had undergone extensive reconstruction and modernisation measures in the past two years. In his address, the Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder noted that the new Inselhalle was an “appropriate residence for the scientific elites of the world”. The 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was already hosted in June 2018 at the revamped venue and was met with great enthusiasm by all participants. The Free State of Bavaria was especially thanked by all speakers during the ceremony for its generous contribution of 30 Million Euro towards the reconstruction efforts.