Nobel questions – Lindau answers. The students’ point of view.

Prior to the Nobel meeting young researches had the oppurtunity to send in questions – we called that section “Nobel questions, Lindau answers”. In the last days I interviewed a couple of young scientists who replied to these questions – and may lead to more discussion in the commentaries of this posting. 

Today’s young scientists have to be more likely “science managers”. Does this situation provide chances to force the scientific competition or do we risk of a trend shifting away from qualitative work towards quantity?


Alice McHardy, Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany: I definetely think that we here are all young scientists who have shown the capability to work independently in scientific research and I think that we should keep in touch with the basic science and not focus too much on management. That is my opinion how you can keep up good science. 


Do you think the current sustainable energy research efforts are sufficient? What else should we do?

Sebastian Krackl, Technical University Berlin, Germany: No, I do not think that the current effort in energy research is enough, especially when it comes to alternative energies. I think it is very underestimated how much we’re locked in stalemate. I’m surely not an activist on the environmental movement but I think that many people just don’t think about these topics out of comfort. Nevertheless we have to work altogether on these matters. We’re running out on fossile fuels, that is completely clear and there is no doubt about it. We need to find alternatives and even if nuclear energy may be sufficient for some time, we can’t consider it as more than just a short-time support. We need to do more research on sustainable energies. Consider China, consider the number of cars still built, the increasing mobility… one day there will be no energy left and then everything stands still. We talked a lot about basic research here at the meeting – which is also important, don’t get me wrong. But I think more research in the field of sustainable energies is needed.

Do you think the current sustainable energy research efforts are sufficient? What else should we do?

Yoko Tomita, Chiba University, Japan: Yes, I think that is very needed. Especially because we have to keep our beautiful nature.


Stem cell is the core of regenerative medicine, which could repair kinds of diseases and would extend human life. How will you look at the applications of stem cell in future?

Uzair Luqman, Armed Forces Institue of Dentistry, Pakistan: “Since a lot of my research and work is related to reconstructive surgery and treatment of lost parts of the body, I find more stem cell research very important. So far we can only replace tissue in the face with skin from other parts of the body, which can be very debilitating for the patient. We really need to consider stem cells as an option for the future to maybe breed skin parts from them one day.”

5 comments on “Nobel questions – Lindau answers. The students’ point of view.

  • Victor Riitho says:

    Does the trends and nature of HIV/AIDS and malaria research over the last few decades mirror the urgency to find a solution for those affected (primarily poor people in sub-Saharan Africa) and would there more concerted efforts if these were problems in the West?

  • Chris Mesenburg says:

    Expand, Contract, Expand?

    Deep Freeze, Gamma Rays, Fireballs

    Evolving universes, black holes, cosmological constants

    Reductionist Atomoticity, Quibits, Strings, Holistic Systems

  • Many people say interest is the most important. Is there any other reason that drag them to do certain research?

    Nowadays most researchers try to get funds from different sources to support their reseach, how did the Nobel Laureate manage this kind of situation when they started their research at their early careers?

  • Higgs is nonexistent. None of the >200 particles of Modern Standard Model is ‘element’, which composes others but is non-composite. All spacetime continua are mathematical constructs without physical existence; theories based on them are un-realistic. Universe is NOT expanding.
    See my 2010-book THE UNIFIED THEORY: A complete paradigm shift in Physics & Cosmology. URL:…n-physics-cosmology/8347654

  • bob medina says:

    everthing has a sound frequency from the atoms to NASA’s research in deep space i.e(HAARP). what theories or hypthesies are there in relationship to the God factor(s) or aspects; if one may combine the challenge of science & theology relationship?

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