Council and Foundation Members


Count Lennart Bernadotte af Wisborg (†)

Honorary President of Council and Foundation

Count Bernadotte launched the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings more than 50 years ago and as spiritus rector remained to the end committed to this great cause. Drawing inspiration from his grandfather, later King Gustaf V of Sweden, who presented the first Nobel Prizes, Count Bernadotte chaired the Council for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for 38 years, before serving as Honorary President.

A true visionary and the soul of the Lindau Meetings over decades, in his dedication to public service and to the advancement of science and human knowledge Count Bernadotte embodied the best in Europe. A mentor to generations of young scientists form around the world, Count Bernadotte was a man of exceptional qualities with his pioneering spirit and lived for what he believed in. His impact on the Lindau Meetings has set lasting standards, and his counsel, his drive and his energy will be missed solemnly by us all.

He passed away at the age of 95 at Mainau Castle on December 21, 2004.



Countess Bettina Bernadotte af Wisborg

Council President / Foundation Board Member

Countess Bettina Bernadotte, born 1974 in Scherzingen, Switzerland, is the oldest daughter of Countess Sonja and Count Lennart Bernadotte. Following her degree in Business Administration in Tourism: Destination Management at the University of Cooperative Education in Ravensburg and work as an independent corporate consultant for companies in the tourism industry, she prepared to assume direction of the Mainau GmbH company by serving as Personal Assistant to her mother and as Authorized Signatory from 2002 to 2006.

Countess Bettina Bernadotte assumed leadership of Mainau GmbH in 2007, with the goal of leading the family business into a successful future with secure jobs in both tourism and in the new segments of Quality Management and Continuing Education. Yet another important issue for Countess Bettina is Mainau’s continuous pursuit to maintain the values outlined in the “Grüne Charta” (Green Charter), which promotes respect for nature and its preservation. She also seeks to make a meaningful contribution toward encouraging those who visit or encounter the Isle of Mainau in some way to slow down from the stress of everyday life and to simplify their lives.

Since October 2008, Countess Bettina Bernadotte is president of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and member of the Board of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. She has been a member of the Council since 2005.

Aside from her commitment to the Lindau Dialogue, Countess Bettina Bernadotte is a member of the Executive Board of the German Horticulture Society (Deutsche Gartenbau-Gesellschaft) and holds several other honorary positions. She is a member of the Council of PLAN INTERNATIONAL Hamburg and a member of the Administrative Council for the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart. She is also involved in the association Gärtnern für Alle e.V. for the Isle of Mainau, which promotes horticultural education, and in the Europäische KulturForum Mainau e.V. (European Cultural Forum of Mainau). She additionally supports the EUROPA-Miniköche foundation at Lake Constance (an organization promoting the culinary arts for youth) through her Patronage.


Jürgen Kluge

Foundation Board Chairman / Council Member

From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Jürgen Kluge was chairman, CEO and labor director at Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH in Duisburg, Germany. He became an independent consultant for Kluge & Partner in September 2012.

Prior to Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, Kluge spent 25 years with McKinsey & Company, Inc. in Düsseldorf. From 1999 to 2006, he managed the firm’s German and Austrian offices. He concentrated his efforts in the automotive, mechanical engineering, electronics, utilities and telecommunications industries. Kluge was also a long-standing member of the Shareholder Council, the firm’s international executive committee.

Kluge is a member of numerous advisory boards including Schmitz Cargobull AG (chairman) and Fastems Oy Ab, the Little Scientists’ House Foundation, the RWE Foundation and the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications. He is also a senior advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, operating out of Frankfurt and London, and a member of the BoAML Global Advisory Council, NY.

Kluge holds a Ph.D. in experimental physics and is honorary professor of mechanical engineering at Technical University Darmstadt in Germany. He is a member of the board of trustees of Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and is Honorary Consul of Finland for North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatine.


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Wolfgang Lubitz

Council Vice-President

Wolfgang Lubitz, born 1949 in Berlin, studied chemistry at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin (1969-1974) where he also received his doctoral degree (1977); 1982 habilitation in organic chemistry. From 1983 to 1984 he worked as a Max Kade Fellow at UC San Diego (department of physics). 1979 to 1989 assistant and associate professor at FU Berlin, 1989 to 1991 professor at the Universität Stuttgart (experimental physics/biophysics), 1991 to 2001 professor and chair of physical chemistry at the Max Volmer Institute, Technical University of Berlin.

In 2000 he became scientific member of the Max Planck Society and director at the Max Planck Institute for Radiation Chemistry in Mülheim/Ruhr, later renamed Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion. Professor Lubitz is honorary professor at the Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf. Among other awards and fellowships he received the Zavoisky Award, Russia (2002), the Bruker Prize, U. K. (2003) and the Gold Medal of the International EPR Society (2005). Prof. Lubitz is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, U. K. He has received honorary doctorates (Dr. h.c.) from the University of Uppsala, Sweden (2008) and the Université d’Aix-Marseille, France (2014). Since 2004 he is member of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, in 2015 he took over the position of vice-president.

His research work is focused on the investigation of catalytic metal centers in metalloproteins, the primary process of photosynthesis and the application of electron paramagnetic resonance methods and quantum chemical calculations.



Vienna. Prof. Dr. Helga Nowotny, Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF), President of the European Research Council (ERC).

Helga Nowotny

Council Vice-President

Helga Nowotny is Professor emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich, and a founding member of the European Research Council. In 2007 she was elected ERC Vice-President and from March 2010 until December 2013 President of the ERC. Recently, she has been appointed Chair of the ERA Council Forum Austria. Since 2014 she is member of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, in 2015 she took over the position of vice-president.

She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, NY. and a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Vienna. She has held teaching and research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Vienna; King’s College, Cambridge; University of Bielefeld; Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; Ecole des Hautes Etudes an Sciences Sociales, Paris; Science Center for Social Sciences, Berlin; Collegium Budapest; Budapest. Before joining ETH Zurich, Professor Nowotny was Professor for Social Studies of Science at the University of Vienna. Among other, Helga Nowotny is Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and continues to serve on many international advisory boards throughout Europe. Helga Nowotny has published widely in social studies of science and technology and on social time.

Awards and Honours include:

– Großes Silbernes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich
– Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst I. Klasse
– Preis der Stadt Wien für Geisteswissenschaften
– Ph.D. Honoris Causa, Weizmann Institute of Science
– Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Lancaster
– Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Leuven
– Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Twente
– Dorothea-Schölzer-Medaille, University of Göttingen
– Distinguished Affiliated Professor, Technische Universität München
– Member of ACATECH
– Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
– Foreign Member, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
– Foreign Member, Accademia Nazionale Dei Lincei
– Foreign Member, dell’Accademia delle Scienze di Torino
– Foreign Member, Royal Society of Science at Uppsala
– Member, Academia Europaea
– John Desmond Bernal Prize for Distinguished Contribution to the Field, Society for the Study of Science (for life time achievements)



Nikolaus Turner

Council Board Member (Treasurer) / Foundation Board Member (Managing Director)

Nikolaus Turner is Managing Director and Member of the Executive Board of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Nikolaus Turner, born 1964, assumed the newly created position of Managing Director of the Foundation in April 2009. In this position, he focuses on the further development of the ‘Mission Education,’ the internationalization of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and their participants, and on securing the independence of this internationally recognized forum. After matriculation in Stuttgart and military service, he studied Law in Bonn and Munich.

Between 1992 and 2009, he has held the position of Managing Director to the Kester-Haeusler-Foundation (Kester-Haeusler-Stiftung), a non-profit foundation according to civil law, supporting sciences, research and the arts, based in Fürstenfeldbruck near Munich, Germany. As a Member of the Board of Directors, Nikolaus Turner has had close ties with the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings since its establishment in 2000 at the request of 50 Nobel Laureates. In addition to his position with the Foundation, he continues to remain active as honorary Treasurer of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Turner will therefore contribute to further enhancing the cooperation between both the Foundation and the Council, which together organize the unique encounters between Nobel Laureates and highly talented young scientists who have journeyed to the heart of Europe from all over the world. Among other engagements as a recognized expert in foundation systems, Nikolaus Turner is a pro bono board member or trustee of several foundations and non-profit organizations.

Among others, he is the Chair of the Hans und Maiti Kammerer Stiftung, Stuttgart, which supports architecture and the education of students of architecture at universities, Member of the Board of the Henrik und Emanuel Moor Stiftung, which pays tribute to the two brothers as artists and their achievements the one as respected painter and the other as an internationally known composer, and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Deutsche Schillerstiftung von 1859, Weimar.

He is the initiator and vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation for the District of Fürstenfeldbruck (Bürgerstiftung für den Landkreis Fürstenfeldbruck). He has been a member of the Advisory Board for the German Association of Foundations (Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen, Berlin; 1998-2012), where he chaired the Affinity Group for Community Foundations (1999-2012).

He received the Federal Cross of Merit from Germany’s Federal President for his honorary commitment in April 2008.



Rainer Blatt

Rainer Blatt

Council Member

Rainer Blatt graduated in physics from the University of Mainz in 1979. He finished his doctorate in 1981 and worked as research assistant in the team of Günter Werth. In 1982 Blatt received a research grant of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) to go to the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA), Boulder, and work with John L. Hall (Nobel Prize winner 2005) for a year. In 1983 he went on to the Freie Universität Berlin, and in the following year joined the working group of Peter E. Toschek at the University of Hamburg. After another stay in the US,

Rainer Blatt applied to qualify as a professor by receiving the “venia docendi” in experimental physics in 1988. In the period from 1989 until 1994 he worked as a Heisenberg research fellow at the University of Hamburg and returned several times to JILA in Boulder. In 1994 he was appointed professor of physics at the University of Göttingen and in the following year he was offered a chair in experimental physics at the University of Innsbruck. Since 2003 Blatt has also held the position of Scientific Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). Rainer Blatt is married, with three children.

Experimental physicist Rainer Blatt has carried out trail-blazing experiments in the fields of precision spectroscopy, quantum metrology and quantum information processing. He works with atoms caught in ion traps which he manipulates using laser beams. This work is based on suggestions made in the mid-1990s by theorists Ignacio Cirac and Peter Zoller. In 2004, using their suggested set-up, Blatt’s working group succeeded
for the first time in transferring the quantum information of one atom in a totally controlled manner onto another atom (teleportation). The science journal Nature reported the experiment and gave it pride of place on the cover. Two years later, Rainer Blatt’s working group already managed to entangle up to eight atoms in a controlled manner. Creating such a first “quantum byte” (qubyte) was a further step on the way towards a quantum computer. 2011 the team managed to push this record to 14 entangled atoms. Furthermore Rainer Blatt took important steps towards successful quantum error correction and the building of quantum simulators.
He is also known for his support of young scientists. Six of his former assistants have since been appointed professorships at universities abroad.

Rainer Blatt has received numerous awards for his achievements in the fields of quantum optics and meterology. In 2012 the German Physical Society awarded him the “Stern-Gerlach-Medaille“, in 2011 he was awarded the Science Award for Outstanding Achievements of the Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse. Together with Ignacio Cirac he won the Carl Zeiss Research Award (2009). In 2008 he received an „ERC Advanced Grant“ by the European Research Council and the Kardinal Innitzer Award. In 2007 Rainer Blatt and his European project partners were nominated by the European Commission for the Descartes Prize. In 2006 he received the Schrödinger Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 1997 he won the Innovations Award of the Tiroler Sparkasse for new ideas on quantum information processing. Since 2008 Rainer Blatt is full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.


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Thomas Ellerbeck

Council Member (Spokesman) / Foundation Board Member

Born in 1967 in Detmold, Thomas Ellerbeck has been a member of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings since 2000, as well as being a co-founder and member of the board of directors of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

After taking his final exams at grammar school, he began his working career as a journalist and aide to Claire Marienfeld, a member of the German parliament. Between 1991 and 1995, he headed the press office of the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state chancellery, and belonged to the immediate staff of the Minister President, Professor Alfred Gomolka, and Dr. Berndt Seite during the rebuilding phase of the new federal state. During the same period, he held the position of Deputy Government Spokesman in Minister-President Seite’s cabinet.

In 1995, Thomas Ellerbeck moved to the Office of the Federal President. As Deputy Spokesman of the German President, and later head of the President’s Office, he was a member of President Roman Herzog’s closest personal staff for five and a half years. During this time, he was an intimate participant of numerous state visits, political discussions and initiatives of the German president, both at home and abroad. In 2001, he left government service to work in industry. From 2001 to 2006, he was in charge of the Media Relations department, including Issues Management and International Communications, of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, one of the leading aviation-groups in the world. From 2006 to 2013 he was a member of the management of Vodafone Germany.

Today he is member of the Group Executive Committee and Group Director Corporate & External Affairs of TUI Group. He is responsible for Public Policy, International Relations, Group Communications, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Environment and Sustainability as well as the TUI Foundation. Since May 2014, he has also been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the TUI Foundation.

Thomas Ellerbeck is a member of various bodies interfacing with the political, industrial and media sectors. He was a Co-Founder and Managing Vice-President (2003-2009) of the Federal Association of Press Spokespersons and he is an Assessor of the Board of the European Association of Communication Directors (based in Brussels), a member of the committee of the Near and Middle East Association and of the “Citizens for Europe” initiative of the EU Commission’s Office of Information in Germany. He is also a member of Atlantik-Brücke and of the Board of German Trustees of the IJP International Journalists’ Programmes initiative.

He has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany with ribbon and the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, 1st Class, and he is a member of the Royal Victorian Order (Great Britain).


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Astrid Gräslund

Council Member

Citizenship: Swedish
Civil status: married, 2 children born 1970 and 1973


High School graduation at Högre Allmänna Läroverket in Härnäsand, April 21, 1963
Master of Science in Engineering (Applied Physics) at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, October 30, 1967
Doctor of Philosophy (Biophysics) at Stockholm University, November 29. 1974


Research assistant at Dept. of Biophysics, Stockholm University, 1967 – 1976
Assistant/associate professor at Dept. of Biophysics, Stockholm University, 1977 – 1988.
Professor of Medical Biophysics, University of Umea, 1988 – 1993.
Professor of Biophysics, Stockholm University, since 1993.
Chairman of the Department of Biophysics, Stockholm University, 1993 – 2000.
Vice Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University, since 2001.

Honors and activities:

Received the 1982 Lindbom Prize awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Received the 1995 Arrhenius Plaque, awarded by the Swedish Chemical Society.
Chairman of the Swedish Biophysical Society 1987-1992.
Visiting scientist March – May 1987 at the Dept. of Biophysical Chemistry, University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Visiting scientist Sept. 1987 – March 1988 at the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University, Carbonale, Illinois, USA.
Member of the Board of the Wenner-Gren Foundations.
Member of the Board of the Magn. Bergvall Foundation.
Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Magnetic Resonance.
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry.
Editor of Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics, since 1998.
Member of the Council of IUPAB (Int. Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics) 1996-2002.
Member of the Swedish Natural Science Research Council (NFR), 1995-2000.
Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Class of Chemistry, since 1993.
Second Vice President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, since 2000.
Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry, since 1996.

Scientific publications:

Ca 210 scientific publications.


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Martin F. Hellwig

Council Member


Diplom-Volkswirt (Diploma in Economics), University of Heidelberg, Germany, December 1970

Ph.D. in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA, September 1973

Research and Teaching Positions:

1971: Assistant in Economic Theory, University of Heidelberg
1972–1973: Research Assistant in Economics, M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass., USA
1973–1974: Research Associate in Economics, Stanford University, Stanford, Cal., USA
1974–1977: Assistant Professor of Economics, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., USA
1977–1979: Associate Professor of Economics, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
1979–1987: Professor of Economics, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
1987–1996: Professor of Economics, University of Basle, Basle, Switzerland
1994: Bogen Visiting Professor of Economics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
1995–1996: Taussig Research Professor of Economics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA
1996–2004: Professor of Economics, University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Since 2004: Director, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, Germany

Current Professional Activities:

Since 1995: Member, Scientific Advisory Council, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bonn, Germany
Since 1998: Member, Monopolies Commission of the Federal Government of Germany (Chairman 2000–2004)
1999–2004: Member of the Council of the Econometric Society
Since 2000: Associate Editor, German Economic Review
Since 2000: Member, Advisory Committee, Deutsche Bundesbank Research Center
2001–2004: President of the Verein für Sozialpolitik
Since 2002: Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (Social Science Research Centre, Berlin)
Since 2002: Member, Advisory Board, European Business Organization Law Review
Since 2003: Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Centre for Economic Policy Research, London
Since 2004: Member, Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy, European Commission

Fellowships and Honors

1981: Fellow, Econometric Society
1988: Honorary Professor, University of Vienna
1990: Member, Academia Europaea
1994: Member, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
1995: Honorary Member, American Economic Association
2002: Doctor rerum politicarum honoris causa, University of Tübingen
2002: Inaugural Fellow, European Corporate Governance Institute
2003: Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Klas Kärre

Klas Kärre

Council Member

Klas Kärre is professor in Molecular Immunology since 1993 at Karolinska Institutet and chairman of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine. He is active at the Department of Microbiology, Tumour and Cell Biology.



Stefan H. E. Kaufmann

Council Member

Stefan H. E. Kaufmann is founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin where he heads the Department of Immunology. Professor for microbiology and immunology, Charité University Clinics Berlin. Honorary Professor of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru and Guest Professor at the Tongji University, School of Medicine, Shanghai, China.

He holds a Doctor Honoris Causa from Université de la Mediterranée, Aix-Marseille II. Past President and honorary member of the German Society for Immunology. Past President of the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS) and Past President of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS).

Studied biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, 1977 PhD (highest degree, summa cum laude). From 1987 to 1991 professor for medical microbiology and immunology, and from 1991 to 1998 full professor for immunology at the University of Ulm.

Scientific interests: immunity to bacterial pathogens with emphasis on tuberculosis and rational vaccine and biomarker design. Co-Developer of a recombinant BCG-vaccine candidate which is in a phase II-clinical Trial.

He is Alternate Board Member of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI Alliance) and member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). Initiated the global Day of Immunology to raise public awareness in immunology. Numerous scientific awards. He is coordinator of several international and interdisciplinary Projects.

More than 700 publications mostly in high-ranking journals. Highly cited immunologist (ISI Thomson) with an h-Index (according to J. E. Hirsch) of 86. Editor or member of editorial boards of more than 20 international scientific journals. Member of numerous professional societies and academies including American Academy of Microbiology, Berlin–Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, World Innovation Foundation and European Molecular Biology Organization.


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Hartmut Michel

Council Member

Nobel Laureate Prof. Dr. Hartmut Michel
Origin: Germany
Institution: Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysik
Year of Award: 1988
Discipline: Chemistry
Co-Recipients: Profs. Johann Deisenhofer and Robert Huber

German biochemists Hartmut Michel, Robert Huber, and Johann Deisenhofer (now based in the US), received the 1988 chemistry award for unravelling how a membrane-bound protein active in photosynthesis is built up. At the time the trio all worked at the Max-Planck Institute in Munich. Plants use the energy of light to build organic matter, creating the most basic foodstuff in the world’s food chain – vegetation. Furthermore, the plants produce oxygen, which allows bodies to burn the organic matter. Photosynthesis, says the official Nobel press release of the 1988 chemistry award, is “the most important chemical reaction on earth”. The conversion of energy in photosynthesis and cellular respiration takes place through the transport of electrons via a series of proteins, which are bound in special membranes. These proteins are difficult to obtain in a crystalline form, but in 1981 Michel succeeded, allowing him, with Deisenhofer and Huber, to study their structure.

Michel was born in Ludwigsburg, Germany, in 1948. He was an active, outdoors child and a good pupil and joined a circulating library, reading several educational books per week. After military service he entered the University of Tübingen in 1969 to study biochemistry, graduating in 1974, and working under Dieter Oesterhelt at the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Tübingen and the University of Würzburg, where he gained his PhD in 1977. While exploring ways to produce light-driven amino acid uptake Michel found that a sample of delipidated bacteriorhodopsin yielded solid, glass-like aggregates when stored in a freezer. Thus he was convinced that it should be possible to crystallise membrane proteins, which was considered impossible at the time. With Oesterhelt’s help Michel soon produced a two-dimensional membrane crystal of bacteriorhodopsin, and the fi rst real three-dimensional crystals in April 1979. The pair joined the Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie near Munich, where Michel worked with Hans Deisenhofer, a member of Robert Huber’s department, an expert in X-ray crystallographic protein structure analysis.

He also spent four months at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, England, performing X-ray experiments and improving the crystallisation method. Back at Munich Michel crystallised several other membrane proteins, mainly photosynthetic ones, gaining his first success with the reaction centre from the purple bacterium Rhodopseudomonas viridis in 1981. The following year Michel was joined by Johann (Hans) Deisenhofer in the reaction centre project, and the pair became fast friends and colleagues. In 1987 Michel became a department head and director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysik in Frankfurt am Main. He has received various prizes and awards, several with Deisenhofer and Huber. Michel is married to Elena Olkhova.

Since 2011, Hartmut Michel is a member of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.


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Torsten Persson

Council Member

Torsten Persson is Professor of economics, and a former Director at the IIES of Stockholm University. He is also a Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, and has held visiting positions at leading universities as Harvard, Princeton and Berkeley.  Persson is a Research Associate of the CEPR and the NBER and a Co-Director of CIFAR’s program of Institutions, Organizations and Growth. He is a member of five Academies, including the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Persson was elected President of the Econometric Society (in 2008), and President of the European Economic Association (in 2003). His scientific distinctions include the 1997 Yrjö Jahnsson Medal, given biannually to “the best young economist in Europe”, and Honorary Doctorates at Aalto University and the University of Mannheim.

Persson’s scientific work has spanned different areas of economics, but he is most well-known for his many articles and books on political economics, including Political Economics (with G.Tabellini), The Economic Effects of Constitutions (with G. Tabellini), and Pillars of Prosperity: The Political economics of Development Clusters (with T. Besley). His current research focuses on development, political violence, the politics of representation, individual vs. social motives of behavior, and climate change.

With regard to the Nobel community, Persson has served in several capacities on the Prize Committee at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ for the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel. Thus he was Secretary of the Committee in 1993-2001, Member in 1995-2004 and 2011-2013, Chairman  in 2002-2004, and was reappointed as Secretary in 2014.


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Lars Bergström

Corresponding Council Member

Professor of Theoretical Physics, Stockholm University, Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physics:

I took my PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Department of Theoretical Physics, in 1981, with a thesis that treated the interactions of quarks and gluons for bound states including effects of special relativity. Then, I spent two years at CERN, Geneva, working further on theory of elementary particles. After being employed by Stockholm University (which is still my affiliation), I started to interest myself in astrophysics and cosmology, and in particular the interplay between fundamental particle physics and cosmology. In this field I now lead a group at the Physics Department on “Cosmology, Particle Astrophysics and String Theory”, where we develop theory and experiments around two of the most fundamental questions of present day cosmology – that of dark matter, and of dark energy.

Present important activities include preparations for the GLAST gamma-ray satellite, to be launched in 2007, and the SNAP supernova cosmology probe which is scheduled for completion some time around 2015. Our group is member of a “centre of excellence” funded by the Swedish Research Council for a 5-year period starting in 2005. I am the author of some 200 research papers and 6 books, for instance the university textbook “Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics” (with my colleauge A. Goobar), published by Praxis/Springer Verlag in 2004.

I was elected Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physics from 2004. I play the role of a corresponding member of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings also since 2004, and took part in organising the scientific part of the meeting of Physics Laureates in Lindau in 2004.


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Hans Jörnvall

Corresponding Council Member

Hans Jörnvall, born 1942, MD, Ph.D, Professor of Physiological Chemistry at Karolinska Institutet. Chairman of the Department of Physiological Chemistry 1987-1993, and of the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics 1993-1999. Secretary of the Nobel Committee and Assembly at Karolinska Institutet since 2000.

Deputy member of the Board of the Swedish Medical Research Council 1995-1998, member of the Faculty Board of Karolinska Institutet 1984-1990. – Research in biochemistry, molecular biology, and proteomics. Member of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and of many national and international committees. Since 1999, he is a member of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.


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Sten Orrenius

Corresponding Council Member

Swedish General Schools: Student Examination in 1955

University: Karolinska Institutet: Bachelor of Medicine in 1960
M.D.: Thesis in 1965, License in 1967

Postdoctoral Experience:

Research Associate, Wenner-Gren Institute for Exp. Biology, Stockholm from 1965 to 1967
Research Associate, Department of Biochemistry, University of Stockholm from 1967 to 1971
Research Associate, Department of Pharmacology, Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 1972
Visiting Scientist, Department of Biochemistry, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, TX in 1972

Previous Positions:

Professor and Chairman, Department of Forensic Medicine, Karolinska Institutet from 1971 to 1984
Dean of the Medical School, Karolinska Institutet from 1983 to 1990
Professor and Chairman, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet from 1988 to 1999

Present Position:

Professor of Toxicology, Karolinska Institutet in 1984

Professional Society Memberships:

Swedish Medical Association
Swedish Society for Toxicology
Biochemical Society (UK)
American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (Honorary Member)
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Honorary Member)
Society of Toxicology (USA) (Honorary Member)

Editorial Board Memberships:

European Journal of Biochemistry from 1969 to 1978
Biochemical Journal from 1981 to 1982
Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine from 1984 to 1991
Free Radical Research Communications from 1989 to 1998
Chemical Research in Toxicology from 1988 to 1991 and 1998 to 2001
Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics since 1974
Experimental Cell Research since 1994
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications since 1995
Cell Death & Differentiation since 2003



Gerhard Ecker

Permanent Council Guest

Born on 4 August 1957 in Augsburg/Germany


Primary School

Junior High School

Industrial business management assistant

Secondary School

Studied Law, legal clerkship

Doctor of Laws


Free state of Bavaria (Ministry of the Interior, etc.)

City of Augsburg (responsible for finances, staff, properties  and sport ) City director

Since April 2012
Mayor of the City of Lindau, Lake Constance