Young scientists

A Network of Excellence

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are outstanding and internationally renowned conferences, attended annually by about 30-40 Nobel Laureates and 600 of the most promising Young Scientists from all over the world. Alternating between the disciplines Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology or Medicine, the Lindau Meetings are a unique opportunity to educate, inspire, and connect beyond cultural and political boundaries for the leading scientists of tomorrow. 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 Lindau Alumni, former participants stay connected with each other and become ambassadors of the scientific dialogue fostered by the Lindau Meetings.

Application, Nomination, and Selection

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria are published each year before the application process starts. Undergraduate, master, and doctoral students as well as young postdocs are invited to apply for participation in a Lindau Meeting.

Application Routes to Lindau

There are two application routes for the Lindau Meetings, a nomination by one of our Academic Partners or an Open Application through our website.

Nomination by an Academic Partner of the Lindau Meetings

Young Scientists studying or performing research in a country where the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have one or more Academic Partners must contact the respective Academic Partner and find out how to apply to be nominated for a Lindau Meeting.

A list of the Academic Partners for the 74th Lindau Meeting on Chemistry will be published on this website soon.

Interested Young Scientists can request to be nominated by an Academic Partner; however, it is the sole decision of the Academic Partner to choose suitable candidates for nomination amongst the received applications.

Open Application

Young Scientists are eligible to apply via our online tool for Open Application if studying or performing research in a country where

  • the Lindau Meetings do not have an Academic Partner or
  • the Lindau Meetings have an Academic Partner, but a nomination is not possible because of the applicant’s nationality (ex-pats) or institutional affiliation.

Application and Selection Process

The two-step application process starts either with an application directed to an Academic Partner of the Lindau Meetings or with an Open Application through the online application tool of the Lindau Meetings. Applications are pre-evaluated either by the Academic Partner or in the case of Open Applications by experts appointed by the Lindau Meetings. Applicants who successfully pass the pre-evaluation are then asked to complete an extended online application form for the second evaluation step, the main evaluation.

In the main evaluation all nominated and successfully pre-evaluated applications undergo an in-depth review process, conducted by a scientific committee which is appointed by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The reviewers closely examine the submitted applications and special attention is paid to the applicants’ academic achievements, their motivation and dedication, their recommendation letters, as well as extracurricular activities. Applicants who successfully pass the main evaluation are then officially invited to participate in the upcoming Lindau Meeting.



Young Scientists who are interested in applying for participation in the upcoming Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting carefully review the information about the current Academic Partners on our website and contact the relevant Academic Partners to learn about specific application requirements.


Young Scientists apply to be nominated by their respective Academic Partners who evaluate the applications and nominate their candidates for participation in the upcoming Lindau Meeting.

Young Scientists who are eligible to apply via Open Application submit their applications through the Open Application tool on our website, which is available online during the application period in September and October.


Young Scientists who have been nominated or who have submitted and successfully passed the pre-evaluation of the Open Application process, must complete an extended online application profile within about five weeks. The data provided here is used for the main evaluation of the applications.

December – February:

The submitted applications are evaluated by a scientific committee appointed by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.


The Academic Partners and all applicants are informed about the results as soon as the evaluation process is completed. Applicants who have passed the main evaluation process are contacted individually and invited to attend the upcoming Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Young Scientist Support team if you have any further questions.

Nadine Gärber

Head of Young Scientist Support and
Academic Partner Relations
+49 8382 277 31 14