New Topic Cluster: Model Organisms

The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster was one of the first model organisms introduced into laboratories. Picture/Credit: Antagain/

From yeast to fruit flies – our new Topic Cluster provides an overview of the most important model organisms and how they have enabled Nobel Laureates to make ground-breaking discoveries, including clippings of lectures from laureates Günter Blobel, Elizabeth Blackburn, Craig Mello, Harald zur Hausen, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi.


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New Series of Mini Lectures on DNA

The third part of the new Mini Lecture series explains methods of genetic engineering.

Our latest, three-part series of Mini Lectures sheds light on DNA structure, replication, natural variations and genetic egineering and the scientists behind the discoveries. The short videos also feature clippings from lectures by Nobel Laureates James Watson, Elizabeth Blackburn and Oliver Smithies.


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Submissions for #LINO18 Poster Sessions and Master Classes

Poster Flash during the 67th Lindau Meeting. Photo/Credit: Julia Nimke/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

The submission period for both the poster sessions and the Master Classes is now closed. The Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings has received a record 380 poster applications this year. Over 180 young scientists have applied for the Master Classes. Over previous years, both programmes have been established as key components in sharing and supporting the young scientists’ research.

30 young scientists will be selected to present their work to Nobel Laureates and other participants at the poster flashes and poster sessions during the 68th Lindau Meeting. In each Master Class, 3-5 young scientists will have the unique chance to profoundly discuss their research with Nobel Laureates. The selected young scientists will be informed shortly.

#LINO18 Preliminary Programme Online

Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie will speak at one of the Agora Talks of #LINO18. Picture/Credit: Julia Nimke/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

The preliminary programme of the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physiology/Medicine) is now available online

In addition to lectures, panel discussions, poster sessions and Master Classes, this year’s programme features new formats such as Agora Talks, Science Walks, a Life Lecture and Laureate Lunches. 

Some of the key topics will include the circadian rhythm, personalised medicine, genetic engineering, the role of science in a ‘post-factual era’ and issues around scientific publishing practices. 

Peter Grünberg 1939–2018

Peter Grünberg during the 58th Lindau Meeting in 2008. Photo/Credit: Christian Flemming/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

We mourn the loss of Nobel Laureate Peter Grünberg, who sadly passed away at the age 78 last week. The German physicist received the Nobel Prize in Physics 2007 together with Albert Fert for discovering a new physical effect: Giant Magnetoresistance. He studied in Frankfurt and Darmstadt and carried out research at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, before returning to Germany to join the Institute for Solid State Physics at Forschungszentrum Jülich in 1972, where he was a leading researcher until his retirement.

Peter Grünberg participated in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings three times. The Council and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings would like to express their regret and offer Peter Grünebrg’s Family their condolences.

First Eddy Fischer Lindau Fellowship from the Vallee Foundation

Photo: Courtesy of Martine Abboud

Dr. Martine Abboud, University of Oxford, is the first recipient of the Eddy Fischer Lindau Fellowship by the Vallee Foundation. Dr. Abboud is thrilled about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity:

“I would like to genuinely thank the Vallee Foundation. The Lindau Meeting will be a brainstorming session that will definitely widen my perspective and help me to grow and develop as a scientist. I aspire to meaningfully contribute to the society and would cherish the opportunity to meet with my role models in the field and other fellow young scientists.”

With the fellowship, the Vallee Foundation  honours the Nobel Laureate Edmond H. Fischer.


First Webinar for Lindau Alumni

Webinar host Alaina G. Levine at the 67th Lindau Nobel Lauraete Meeting. Photo: Julia Nimke/Lindau Nobel Laurate Meetings

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings offered the first ever webinar exclusively to Lindau Alumni on 22 March 2018, 17.00 CET.

Hosted by science writer and career consultant Alaina Levine, the webinar “What Should I Do With My Career? Recognising Your Passion and Catalysing Your Potential” addressed the unique skill sets of Lindau Alumni and discuss ways in which they can communicate that value to others.

This is the first in a series of webinars being produced by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for alumni and community members. 

>> Watch the webinar in our mediatheque

Construction Works for the Pier Have Started

Preparations for the construction of the pier in Lake Constance. Photo: Lisa Vincenz-Donnelly/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

On 15 March, the construction works for the new pier of the Lindau Science Trail have started. With the pier, which will mark the central station of the Lindau Science Trail, the Council and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings want to honour all the Nobel Laureates that have attended the Lindau Meetings to date. The pier is located close to the meeting venue Inselhalle and will be officially inaugurated during the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which will take place 24–29 June.

Funding for the project is secured by the foundation Prof. Otto Beisheim Stiftung.