On occasion of the AAAS 2016 annual meeting, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Heidelberg Laureate Forum were invited to present their commitment to scientific exchange at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.
On 10 February, one day before the start of the AAAS annual meeting, German Ambassador to the United States Peter Wittig invited the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings to take part in a luncheon at the Embassy. Several Nobel Laureates and former participants of the Lindau Meetings took part in a vivid discussion raising topics from science careers to gender issues in research. The event was moderated by Cathleen Fisher, President of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In her speech, Countess Bettina Bernadotte af Wisborg, President of the Lindau Council, expressed her gratitude towards the attending Nobel Laureates, young scientists and supporters of the meetings.
As part of the programme of the AAAS annual meeting 2016 the German Embassy additionally hosted the ‘Meet with Nobel Laureates’ event together with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Heidelberg Laureate Forum and presented the photo exhibitions ‘NOBELS’ and ‘Masters of Abstraction’, two portrait series by German photographer Peter Badge. The reception was accompanied by a panel discussion featuring Turing Award Winner Vinton Cerf and Nobel Laureate in Physics William Phillipps who were joined by alumni Yeka Aponte (Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings) and Kristina Mallory (Heidelberg Laureate Forum). Robin Mishra, Head of Science at the German Embassy was the moderator. In summary, this was an excellent event to set the mood for a week full of scientific exchange at the 2016 AAAS annual meeting.
The overarching theme of this year’s AAAS meeting was ‘Global Science Engagement’, an issue perfectly aligned with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings’ ‘Mission Education’. Among the topics discussed in the meeting sessions were science in Africa, science communication and initiatives to raise interest for the natural sciences in primary schools. “Being part of the AAAS experience is a great opportunity for us. Whenever so many great scientific minds from different generations, cultures and disciplines come together, the Lindau Meetings feel right at home” Countess Bettina said.
— Robin Mishra (@MishraRob) February 11, 2016
Many attendees of the AAAS 2016 annual meeting showed great interest in the booth jointly organised by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Heidelberg Laureate Forum. During the week there was plenty of opportunity to inform people about the upcoming 66th Lindau Meeting, different outreach projects or the global academic partner network.
It was especially heartwarming to see so many Lindau participants from former years in attendance at the AAAS meeting. This shows the longevity of the bonds forged at the Lindau Meetings and that many of the young scientists who participate can look forward to a great career in science and research.