This year between 28th June – 3rd July, the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will be held on the picturesque island of Lindau on the Eastern shore of Lake Constance. The Lindau meetings are a platform for Nobel Prize Winners to interact with young researchers from around the world. Each year the theme of the conference rotates between Physics, Chemistry, Economics and Physiology or Medicine. This year it is an Interdisciplinary meeting while last year it was the turn of Physiology or Medicine. The University of Sheffield was represented at the 64th Lindau Meeting by Dr Rob Wilkinson, Department of Cardiovascular Science and The Bateson Centre.
Starting in September tens of thousands of scientists under the age of 35 apply to participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, but only 600 are selected to attend. The majority of applicants were nominated by the 200 plus academic partner organisations of the meeting organisers after they had completed an internal evaluation process of all submitted applications. The selection process was conducted by a scientific panel led by the Lindau Council’s Vice-President Burkhard Fricke, emeritus Professor for Theoretical Physics at the University of Kassel. “The selected young researchers belong to the top of their class” Professor Stefan Kaufmann, Director of Depaartment of Immunology, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology. “This is the next generation of leading researchers, who expect to gain inspiration from their encounters with Nobel Laureates”, adds Klas Karre, Professor for Molecular Immunology at the Stockholm Karolinska Institutet. Since 2006 Karre has been a member of the Nobel Committee, which chooses the laureates for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to listen to and interact with some of the greatest scientific minds of our time. We were afforded plenty of opportunities to grill the laureates and find out how they arrived at their ideas,” said Rob. “I was incredibly grateful to both the University for putting me forward and to The Royal Society for sponsoring my application. It was easily the best conference I have attended and I would encourage any students or early career researchers to apply for the next one.”