programme Formats of the Lindau meetings

The formats of the varied scientific programme are based on the principle of dialogue and to activate the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experience between and among Nobel Laureates and young scientists.


The lectures held at the Lindau Meetings are not only educative, but highly inspirational, motivating, and memorable. Nobel Laureates take centre stage to address current research findings, to elaborate on their own historical achievements, or to raise awareness of fundamentally important issues.

Agora Talks

The Agora Talks feature one or two Nobel Laureates and a moderator, discussing a topic of the laureate’s choosing. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions in an open forum setting. This format is especially suitable for controversial and new topics.

Open Exchanges

At the Lindau Meetings, each lecturer also chairs an open exchange session — accessible exclusively to the young meeting participants. The intimacy, informality, and frankness that mould the atmosphere of these discussions allows for personal questions, controversial reflections, and in-depth specialist analyses.

Next Gen Science/Economics Sessions

The Next Gen Science/Economics Sessions set the stage for a selection of participating young scientists/economists to present the core of their research. Interested young scientists/economists may apply for a slot before the meeting. Those selected prepare a presentation of about ten minutes, to be followed by a brief Q&A with the audience.

Panel Discussions

High-profile panel discussions embracing topical and meaningful issues are an integral component of the Lindau Meetings. With Nobel Laureates engaging actively in the debates, these panels provide the floor with a profound survey of the state of affairs in challenging fields of research.

Partner Events & Science Breakfasts

The Lindau Meetings offer a great variety of options for partner events, such as the Science Pitch or Partner Breakfasts. Since 2018, the Lindau Meetings host their own Science Breakfast, stimulating lively debates by all meeting participants at various breakfast tables.

Science Walks

During a Science Walk, Nobel Laureates spend their time exploring picturesque spots in Lindau and its surroundings together with ten young scientists. It is yet another opportunity for personal and informal discussions.

Laureate Lunches

During a Laureate Lunch, a Nobel Laureate sits together with up to ten young scientists at a local restaurant in Lindau to talk informally over lunch.

Life Lectures

The Life Lecture intends to cover the life experiences of a Nobel Laureate rather than a scientific topic. It is designed to motivate and inspire the young audience and numbers among the emotional highlights of the Lindau Meeting’s lecture programme.