70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2020

October 15, 2019

Opportunity begins:

Jun 28, 2020

Opportunity ends:

Jul 03, 2020

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  • Germany


Excellent young scientists of all natural science disciplines will participate in next year’s 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. They will have the unique opportunity to meet Nobel Laureates for cross-generational and interdisciplinary exchange. The opportunity is provided exclusively to outstanding young scientists aged up to 35 – undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers. In order to participate in a meeting, they have to pass a multi-step application and selection process.


Once every year, around 30-40 Nobel Laureates convene in Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: 600 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines.

The meetings focus alternately on physiology and medicine, on physics, and on chemistry – the three natural science Nobel Prize disciplines. An interdisciplinary meeting revolving around all three natural sciences is held every five years. In addition, the Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences is held every three years.

The scientific programme of each Lindau Meeting is based on the principle of dialogue. The different sessions – lectures, discussions, Master Classes, and panel discussions – are designed to activate the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experience between and among Nobel Laureates and young scientists.

  • Lectures: The lectures held at the Lindau Meetings are not only educative, but highly inspirational, motivating, and memorable. Nobel Laureates take centre stage to address current research findings, to elaborate on their own historical achievements, or to raise awareness of fundamentally important issues.
  • Agora Talks: The Agora Talks feature one or two Nobel Laureates and a moderator, discussing a topic of the laureate’s choosing. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions in an open forum setting. This format is especially suitable for controversial and new topics.
  • Open Exchange: At the Lindau Meetings, each lecturer also chairs an open exchange session — accessible exclusively to the young meeting participants. The intimacy, informality, and frankness that mould the atmosphere of these discussions allows for personal questions, controversial reflections and in-depth specialist analyses.
  • Master Classes: The Master Classes are rooted in the principles of mentoring and mutual learning. At each meeting, select participants are given the opportunity to present their current research work to a Nobel Laureate in order to receive feedback and advice. The subsequent discussions, involving the audience, are marked by a high level of professionalism and specialisation.
  • Panel Discussions: High-profile panel discussions embracing topical and meaningful issues are an integral component of the Lindau Meetings. With Nobel Laureates engaging actively in the debates, these panels provide the floor with a profound survey of the state of affairs in challenging fields of research.
  • Poster Sessions: Thirty selected young scientists are given the opportunity to present their research in front of Nobel Laureates and the other meeting participants during the Poster Session. In addition, all poster presenters give a two-minute ‘Poster Flash’, in which they explain their research in a concise way.
  • Partner Events & Science Breakfast: The Lindau Meetings offer a great variety of options for partner events, such as the Science Pitch or Partner Breakfasts. Since 2018, the Lindau Meetings host their own Science Breakfast, stimulating lively debates by all meeting participants at various breakfast tables.
  • Science Walks: Even though the new Inselhalle is modern, bright and inviting, some fresh air may be very stimulating: The Science Walks in the beautiful surroundings of Lindau offer an additional opportunity for informal discussion between a Nobel Laureates and a small group of young scientists.
  • Laureate Lunches: One Nobel Laureate sits together with up to ten young scientists at a local restaurant in Lindau to talk informally over lunch.
  • Life Lecture: The ‘Life Lecture’ intends to cover the life experiences of a Nobel Laureate rather than a scientific topic. It is designed to motivate and inspire the young audience and numbers among the emotional highlights of the Lindau Meeting’s lecture programme.
  • Meeting Venue Inselhalle: The Lindau Meetings take place in the conference venue Inselhalle that was reopened in 2018 after two years of extensive modernisation. A large event area with breakout rooms, a generous foyer as well as the modern technical equipement enables innovate programme formats – such as the Agora Talks or the Science Breakfast.

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Deadline: October 15, 2019

Program Starts: June 28, 2020

Program Ends: July 03, 2020

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