Richard E. Taylor 1929–2018

Nobel Laureate in Physics Richard E. Taylor. Photo/Credit: Peter Badge/typos 1 in coop. with Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

We deeply regret to report that laureate Richard Edward Taylor passed away on 22 February 2018 at the age of 88. Taylor received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990 together with Jerome I. Friedman and Henry W. Kendall for discoveries about deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, insights that have been crucial for the development of the quark model.

Originally from Alberta, Canada, Taylor completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford University. After several years at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California, he returned to Stanford University in 1962. He attended the Lindau Meeting in 1994. 

The Council and Foundation extend their deep sympathies to Richard Taylor’s family.

Günter Blobel 1936–2018

Günter Blobel talking to young scientists at the 57th Lindau Meeting in 2007. Photo/Credit: Christian Flemming/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

The Council and Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings mourn the loss of Nobel Laureate Günter Blobel, who died on 18 February 2018, age 81. The German-born biochemist received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1999 for his discovery that proteins have intrinsic signals that regulate their transport and localisation in the cell. He studied medicine in Frankfurt, Kiel, Munich and Tübingen before moving to the US where he was appointed to a professorship at the Rockefeller University, New York, in 1992. 

Günter Blobel participated in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings four times and was always very engaged in discussing science with the next generation of researchers.

Countess Bettina Bernadotte offers Günter Blobel’s wife, Laura, and the rest of his family her condolences on behalf of the Council and the Foundation.

New Venue: Five-Year Contract Signed With Inselhalle Lindau

The new Inselhalle Lindau will be opened in April 2018. Picture/Credit: Auer Weber Architekten/Lindau Tourismus und Kongress GmbH

Starting this summer, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings will take place in the new conference centre Inselhalle: On 17 January 2018, Nikolaus Turner, Board Member of the Foundation and the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, and Dr. Gerhard Ecker, Lord Mayor of Lindau, have signed a five-year contract for the reconstructed and extended Inselhalle Lindau.

Since the 1980s, the Inselhalle has served as the venue of the Lindau Meetings. Due to the reconstruction during the last two years, the Lindau Meetings took place in the smaller city theatre. The new Inselhalle will offer double the space than previously, accommodating the usual number of participants, which had to be reduced during the reconstruction, and enabling a new programme design due to additional rooms.

Nobel Heroes at Los Alamos History Museum

Exhibition at the Los Alamos History Museum in New Mexico. Photo/Credit: Peter Badge/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

From 12 January–27 April 2018 Nobel Laureate portraits by photographer Peter Badge can be viewed in the Los Alamos History Museum in New Mexico. At the vernissage on Thursday, 11 January 2018, Bishop emeritus Gunnar Stålsett, former Vice Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, held a keynote address reflecting on science, humanity and world peace. The keynote was followed by a discussion on “the enduring relationship of art, science and peace.”

The exhibition includes the portraits of Nobel Laureates associated with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and is supported by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, Mars, Incorporated, and the Los Alamos Historical Society.

New Nobel Lab 360°: Ben Feringa

Nobel Laureate Ben Feringa in his lab at the Universioty of Groningen. Photo/Credit: Volker Steger/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Nobel Laureate Ben Feringa in his light lab at the University of Groningen. Photo/Credit: Volker Steger/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Our latest Nobel Lab 360° features 2016 Nobel Laureate Ben Feringa. The virtual tour through the Feringa lab at the University of Groningen leads from the laureates office, via the synthesis lab to the light lab. Along the way, Ben Feringa and his team tell you about the molecular machines that they design.


New Topic Cluster: The Rise of Life


Picture/Credit: MarBom/

The rise of life on Earth. Picture/Credit: MarBom/

The story of how life formed on Earth keeps unfolding, revealing new clues about how our planet evolved from being hostile to life to the lush and diverse place we know today. The new topic cluster ‘The Rise of Life‘ leads through important discoveries in the field featuring lectures from Nobel Laureates John Mather, Christian de Duve, Jack Szostak, Ada Yonath and Richard Roberts.

Annual Report 2017

Hot off the press: The Annual Report 2017. Photo/Credit: Lisa Vincenz-Donnelly/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Hot off the press: The Annual Report 2017. Photo/Credit: Lisa Vincenz-Donnelly/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

The Annual Report 2017 of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings is out now.

The report features highlights of the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Chemistry) and the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences, including inspiring reviews from Nobel Laureates Ben Feringa and Christopher Pissarides as well as young scientists and young economists.

The digital edition of the Annual Report can be dowloaded here.

New Series of Mini Lectures on Inequality

One of the most discussed topics at the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences was the issue of rising global inequality. In order to tackle inequality in developing nations, new policies are needed, but many factors have to be taken into account. To shed light on some of these aspects, we have produced a new series of Mini Lectures on inequality, which explain economic theories around the subtopics redistribution, lending and globalisation and feature perspectives of laureates Sir James Mirrlees, Joseph Stiglitz and Eric Maskin. In the mediatheque, the three short videos are available in English as well as in German.