Funding Opportunities

As the expenditures for organising the meetings are only partly covered by the participation fees that are defrayed by academic partner institutions and supporters, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings depend on additional funding by public authorities, the corporate sector, as well as charitable institutions and benevolent individuals.

Fellowships for young scientists

By funding a fellowship programme for young scientists, supporters can enable the participation of those in need of financial backing.


Project-related donations

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings gladly accept donations earmarked for specific purposes. This kind of support is indispensable for financing various projects like exhibitions, science communication activities, or publications, to name only a few of the numerous options.


Donations in kind

Organising a one-week meeting includes providing transportation, IT services, catering, conference materials and much more, in effect everything that is necessary for a smooth and pleasant participation experience. Thus, donations in kind are an essential form of support.


Contributions to the Foundation´s endowment

With its endowment, the Foundation is a mainstay of the financing of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Contributions to the Foundation’s endowment warrant and enhance the scope of action for organising the annual meetings as well as the outreach programme – in short, the Mission Education. In accordance with its guidelines, the Foundation gratefully accepts private or business donations; these donations are tax-deductible.


In addition to the above mentioned opportunities of supporting the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, supporters may discuss customised forms of funding. Nikolaus Turner, member of the boards of Council and Foundation, i.e. treasurer of the Council and managing director of the Foundation, gladly provides information on the funding opportunities.



Nikolaus Turner

Phone: +49 (0)8382 277 3123


Bank account for donations

Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Deutsche Bank, Munich

IBAN DE27 7007 0010 0800 1661 00





The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are grateful to all contributors to the foundation’s endowment, as well as to all supporters of the annual meetings and the outreach projects. It is only due to the commitment of a multitude of supporters that hundreds of the best young scientists from around the world get the chance to participate in the Lindau Meetings year after year – and that a high standard and constant further development can be warranted.

Endowment Contributors

Principal Maecenates

Klaus Tschira Stiftung gGmbH

Mars, Incorporated




Bayer AG

Ecoscientia Stiftung

Freistaat Bayern – Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst

Microsoft Corporation

Robert Bosch GmbH

Rolex SA


Thomas Schmidheiny

Verband der Bayerischen Metall- und Elektroindustrie


Principal Patrons

Bertarelli Foundation

Carl Zeiss Stiftung

Monika and Wolfgang Schürer

National Research Foundation, Singapore

Novartis International AG

Siemens AG

Südwestmetall Verband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie Baden-Württemberg e.V.

Swiss Re Ltd

Verein der Bayerischen Chemischen Industrie e.V.



Deutsche Telekom Stiftung

LafargeHolcim Ltd


Principal Donors

Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation

Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH

Carl Zeiss AG

Croucher Foundation

Hansjörg Wyss Medical Foundation

Jacobs Foundation

Jörnvall Foundation

maxingvest ag (Tchibo Holding AG)

Merck KGaA

Synthes-Stratec Inc.

Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. (VCI)



acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften

Alcoa Inc.

Alexander and Katalin Dembitz

Andreas Büchting

AnneMarie Lynen

Artur Fischer

Bert Sakmann

Brian P. Schmidt

Charles Townes

Christian de Duve

Christopher Schläffer

Continental, Division Chassis & Safety, Lindau

Daniel and Greta Wilm

Edmond H. Fischer


Eva Lynen

Familie Graf Lennart Bernadotte af Wisborg

Fang and Gary L. Bridge

Fondazione Fidinam

Fredy and Regula Lienhard

Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA

George Pinto

Hendrik Leber

Herbert und Irmgard Lütkestratkötter

Innovative Business Foundation Ltd.

Jack Steinberger

Jerome Karle

Joachim and Bärbel Milberg

Jörn Wilkening

John Robin Warren

Lemann Foundation

Leopoldina Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften

Lindau Alumni Fund

Lyndon L. Olson and Mrs. Olson

Maja Dornier

Paul Crutzen

Paula Jean Hirsch

Peter D. Dornier

PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

Richard C. Barker

Robert Stolze

Ruth Schilling

Salus Charity Foundation

Schindler Aufzüge AG

Simon W. and Alice I. Newman

Sparkasse Memmingen-Lindau-Mindelheim

Stiftung GAMBIT

Stiftung Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe

The Bert L and N Kuggie Vallee Foundation

Ulrich B. Stoll

Werner Arber

William E. and Sharon Moerner

Zumtobel Lighting GmbH

and the Friends of the Foundation and Lindau Alumni


Supporters of the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Significant Meeting Benefactors

Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Germany

Dieter Schwarz Stiftung gGmbH

Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and their endowment contributors & Förderstiftung für die Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Klaus Tschira Stiftung gGmbH

Mars, Incorporated

Robert Bosch GmbH

Rolex SA


Principal Benefactors

AKB Stiftung – Stiftung der Familie Carl-Ernst-Büchting


Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung

Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung (BMBWF), Austria

International Lake Constance Conference (IBK)

Jacobs Foundation

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (MPG)

Merck KGaA

National Research Foundation, Singapore

Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Stiftung

Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. (VCI)


Complete list with all benefactors of the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting


Partners and Friends

The mission to educate, inspire, and connect scientists and researchers worldwide can only be accomplished in collaboration with a multitude of partners, allies and friends. Thus, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings join forces with renowned influential and innovative institutions in this challenging endeavour.

Deutsche Welle

Germany’s international broadcaster has been a media partner of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for many years. The collaboration regularly results in extensive and elaborate coverage of the meetings, disseminated around the globe in many languages.


Deutsche Welle

Bayerischer Rundfunk & ARD-alpha

Rooted in Bavaria, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings cooperate closely with the Bavarian broadcasting corporation Bayerischer Rundfunk. The media partnership, officially endorsed in 2014, culminated in the launch of  Germany’s first national public service educational TV channel “ARD-alpha” at the 64th Lindau Meeting.


Bayerischer Rundfunk


Schwäbische Zeitung

Schwäbische Zeitung, the most widely-read daily newspaper in the region surrounding Lindau, has been covering the Lindau Meetings extensively and substantially for many years. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings continue to cooperate closely with the editorial board to reach the public at large – locally, in  the wider region and beyond.


Schwäbische Zeitung


Nature, the world’s most highly cited weekly, international, interdisciplinary journal of science, has cooperated with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for many years to produce special editions of the supplement Nature Outlook and series of educational videos.



Heidelberg Laureate Forum

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are closely affiliated with the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, the annual meeting of prize-winning and aspiring young mathematicians and computer scientists. Established in 2013 upon an initiative of the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, these meetings are organised by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation. Their protagonists are the winners of the most prestigious awards in mathematics and computer science: the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal (including the Nevanlinna Prize for contributions in “Mathematical Aspects of Information Science”), and the ACM A.M. Turing Award.


Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Falling Walls

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings act as academic partner of Falling Walls, the international conference on future breakthroughs in science and society. As part of this partnership, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings regularly nominate young scientists for participation in Falling Walls Lab. This conference session offers the opportunity to excellent young academics and professionals to present their ideas, research projects and initiatives.


Falling Walls

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings cooperate closely with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) to further develop the mediatheque of the Lindau Meetings. The MPIWG is dedicated to the study of the history of science and aims to understand scientific thinking and practice as historical phenomena.


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Horst Köhler Fellowship Programme

Since 2015 the “Horst Köhler Fellowship Programme” gives more excellent young researchers from Africa the opportunity to participate in the Lindau Meetings. Former German Federal President Horst Köhler is the patron of this initiative. 

For young African scientists who meet the selection criteria and successfully master the application process, the participation fee as well as the travel expenditures will be covered up to a limited amount by the fellowship programme.


The selected African scientists will then represent the emerging generation of leading scientists from their country and will get the chance to meet with fellow researchers from all over the world. Apart from taking the one-time chance to participate in a Lindau Meeting, these young scientists become part of the global Lindau Alumni community.


Horst Köhler, Former Federal President of Germany:

“Africa is so much more than the stereotypes that many of us still have in our heads. It is a dynamic, creative and diverse continent with an enormous and rapidly growing young population that is hungry for change. This is why I am grateful and excited that the Lindau Meetings will invite young fellows from Africa; some of the brightest minds from the continent. I am sure that not only will they learn a lot from the Nobel Laureates but also that we all will gain from their creativity and persistence.”