69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

30 June–5 July 2019

The 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (#LINO19) will be dedicated to physics. Until now, 41 Nobel Laureates have confirmed their participation. They will meet 580 young scientists from 88 countries for an inspiring dialogue. We are looking forward to this unique celebration of scientific exchange.

The meeting’s key topics will be cosmology, laser physics and gravitational waves. South Africa, this year’s host country, will present itself as a research nation on the International Day – traditionally the Monday of the meeting week. New programme formats introduced in 2018 such as the Agora Talks or the Science Walks will be continued in 2019.

Young Scientists

The opportunity to join the annual gathering of Nobel Laureates at Lindau is provided exclusively to outstanding young scientists aged up to 35 – undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers. In order to participate in a meeting, they have to pass a multi-step application and selection process.

Applicants who have successfully mastered the application process undoubtedly represent the emerging generation of leading scientists and researchers. Apart from taking the one-time chance to participate in a Lindau Meeting, these young scientists become part of a special community – a network of excellence. As alumni of the Lindau Meetings, former participants stay connected with each other and become ambassadors of the scientific dialogue fostered by the Lindau Meetings.


The application and selection process is administered with the web-based system NAPERS.


Log-in to NAPERS

(for registered applicants or participants)


Log-in to the Lindau Alumni Network

(for current and former participants)

Application and Selection Process

Every year, a scientific review panel appointed by the Council is responsible for evaluating the numerous applications by young scientist from all over the globe who aspire to participate in a Lindau Meeting.


Who may participate?
Undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world are basically eligible to seek participation in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. All details are stipulated in the official selection criteria. The main requirements are: Participants need to be below 35 years of age, should have an excellent academic track record and at least one letter of recommendation, need to speak English fluently, and may not have participated before.


Selection Criteria for the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

How to apply

There are currently two ways (for three different situations) to participate in the official evaluation and selection process:


  • Young scientists studying or performing research in a country where the meetings have one or more official academic partners have to be nominated by one of these partners. They may request from an academic partner to be nominated, however, no academic partner is obliged to respond to such a request, and it is the sole decision of an academic partner how to proceed with such a request.
  • Young scientists studying or performing research in a country where the meetings have one or more official academic partners and who cannot get nominated because of their nationality (so-called ex-pats) may apply via “Open Application”.
  • Young scientists studying or performing research in a country where the meetings have no official academic partners may also apply via “Open Application”.


The full nomination, application and review process of  is conducted online. See “When to apply” for further information about the timeframe for nominations and applications.

When to apply

Every year in September/October, the meeting’s academic partners nominate their candidates for participation. Young scientists who wish to be nominated should therefore contact the respective academic partner before October. Some academic partners also perform complex and/or nation-wide pre-selection processes, which require an even earlier application.


Open application is usually open at the same time, i.e., from September to October.


Once a participant has been nominated, he or she has about five weeks to fill in the online database profile. The data provided here is used for the evaluation.


Application deadlines for the 69th Lindau Meeting

Applications via nomination by academic partners:

  • Applicants should contact respective academic partner before October 2018
  • Nominations must be submitted by academic partners to the Council by 6 November 2018
  • Nominated applicants must complete their NAPERS application profile by 29 November 2018

Open Applications:

  • Applicants must complete their NAPERS short profile by 18 October 2018
  • Pre-selected applicants must complete their NAPERS application profile (long profile) by 29 November 2018
How are the participants selected?

A scientific review panel appointed by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings is responsible for selecting the participants of each meeting. The reviewers closely examine all submitted applications. The applicants’ academic and research achievements, their motivation and dedication, their recommendations as well as extracurricular activities are some of the decisive details.

When to expect the results

Every year in mid-February to March, the results of the application process for young scientists are published. All applicants are informed individually whether they have passed the selection process and will be invited to attend the up-coming Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

Next Steps

Once accepted as participants of a Lindau Meeting, young scientists are supported in all organisational matters by the executive secretariat of the Council.

Where to find more information

Accepted applicants will find a comprehensive FAQ on many details regarding the participation in the “Info/Help”-section of their online profile.


Nobel Laureates

The commitment of Nobel Laureates to foster the exchange among scientists has been the mainstay of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings ever since their beginnings in 1951. To this day, more than 430 recipients of the Nobel Prize have followed the annual invitation to meet the next generation of leading scientists at Lindau.

For many Nobel Laureates, the Lindau Meetings have become an integral part of their yearly schedule. More than 300 Nobel Laureates have joined the foundation’s Founders Assembly in the endeavour to support the Lindau Meetings and their outreach projects.


For young scientists at the beginning of their careers, it is a valuable opportunity to meet these role models and mentors, to seek their advice, to exchange thoughts and views, and to discuss current developments in science and beyond.


At the Lindau Meetings, the Nobel Laureates shape the scientific programme with their topical preferences. As a result, the Lindau Meetings provide the unique opportunity to experience both the professional and the personal side of Nobel Laureates.


Profiles, Lectures, Pictures and More

The Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. Its founder, the Swedish scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, author and pacifist Alfred Nobel, had laid down in his will that much of his wealth should be used to establish the prize. It consists of a medal, a personal diploma, and a cash award.


Every year since 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to those men and women who have “conferred the greatest benefit to mankind” (from the will of Alfred Nobel) through ground-breaking discoveries, inventions or improvements in physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine, through outstanding literature and through their commitment for peace.


In 1968, Sweden’s national bank Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel which is often referred to as the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.



68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

24–29 June 2018


The 68th Lindau Meeting (#LINO18) ended on 29 June 2018. 39 laureates met 600 young scientists from 84 nations. Goodbye young scientists, welcome alumni!


View lectures and discussions in the mediatheque

In addition to lectures, panel discussions, poster sessions and Master Classes, the programme featured new formats including Agora Talks, Science Walks, a Life Lecture and Laureate Lunches.


Throughout the week, participants discussed themes such as the circadian clock, personalised medicine, genetic engineering, the role of science in a ‘post-factual era’ and issues around scientific publishing practices.