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.

New Nobel Lab 360°: Randy Schekman

Nobel Laureate Randy W. Schekman in his lab in Berkeley. Photo/Credit: Volker Steger/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Our newest Nobel Lab 360° features 2013 Nobel Laureate Randy W. Schekman. This virtual tour through the Schekman lab at the University of California, Berkeley, shows you his office, the main lab and the cell sorter.

Randy Schekman and his team introduce their current work on how human cells manufacture small membrane vesicles containing RNA molecules. With an animated cluster of yeast, Prof. Schekman explains the research that lead to his 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with James E. Rothman and Thomas C. Südhof. 

Euroscience Open Forum 2018 in Toulouse

This July, we will be participating in the ESOF Meeting in Toulouse. Photo/Credit: gael_f/

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings will be in Toulouse in July for the Euroscience Open Forum 2018. We’re organising the panel “Bridging the Gap Between Experts and the People: Rethinking Science Communications” with Nobel Laureate Dr. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, consultant Alaina G. Levine and Lindau Alumnae Minu Tizabi and Fabiola Gerpott. The discussion, led by moderator Tobias Meier, will start on 10 July at 15.15 hrs and encourages the audience to join in. We will also have a booth at the forum.

The first Lindau Alumni workshop with Alaina Levine will also take place in Toulouse, on 10 July 2018 at 18.30 hrs. Lindau Alumni can register in the Lindau Alumni Network or by email. 

Congratulations to Prof. Stefan H.E. Kaufmann

Stefan Kaufmann

Prof. Stefan H.E. Kaufman at the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Picture/Credit: Christian Flemming/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Happy Birthday to Prof. Stefan H.E. Kaufmann, who celebrates his 70th birthday today! Prof. Kaufmann is a member of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and, together with Prof. Klas Kärre, scientific chairperson of this year’s 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. 

Stefan Kaufmann is founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin and professor for microbiology and immunology at the Charité University Clinics Berlin. The Max Planck Institute celebrates his “40 Years of Infection Research” with a symposium in his honour.

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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