Published 28 July 2014

Faces – Young Scientist Profile: Fabiola Gerpott

‚Faces‘ returns for a second season this time highlighting the participants of the upcoming 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences.

In Faces we portray the young scientists of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and give them an open forum to talk about their research and everything else that is important to them. Everybody should feel encouraged to also share their own thoughts and stories.



On her research interests:

“My research is about unleashing the potentials of age-diverse teams. Instead of seeing demographic shifts all over the world as a threat, I am convinced that these changes also provide us with great opportunities – we must only become aware of them!”


On the challenges of an economist’s life:

“I had to learn not to give up when nobody believes in the essence of your idea – sometimes you must work for a long time on a project that only you believe in. If you are lucky, it turns out to be a success. If not, you must be able to engage in your next project just as if you have never failed before!”


On her road to Lindau:

“My doctoral supervisor, Prof. Dr. Sven C. Voelpel, had heard about the possibility to nominate young scientists for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. I was excited to learn about this opportunity and could not believe that it should really be possible to get so close to Nobel Laureates. Fortunately, Jacobs University Bremen decided to nominate me for the meeting – and when I got the confirmation email, I immediately forwarded it to all my friends to share my happiness!”


On her expectations on the Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences:

“First of all, I am very much looking forward to experience “real” Nobel Laureates in their lectures. How will they behave and will they answer questions from aspiring scientists? Second, the networking opportunities during the meeting are supposed to be unique. Sharing my research ideas and learning about the projects of others will be exciting and may even result in future research collaborations. With regard to a particular event, I am curious about the Science Breakfast on Innovation from the Edge – How could we possibly solve the “Innovator’s Dilemma” through the Power of Diversity? Given that economists have to deal with diverse human beings within their research, they need to bear in mind that “rational decisions” mean something different for people with different backgrounds. It will be interesting to hear about how economists plan to consider these changes towards a more diverse workforce within their research.”


Recently the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings published two short films in preparation of #LindauEcon14:

“What makes a good economist?”

“What are the challenges for the next generation?”