December 14, 2012
Since 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, and physiology/medicine convene annually in Lindau, Germany, to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers. The Laureates lecture on the topic of their choice in the mornings and participate in less formal, small-group discussions with the students in the afternoons and some evenings. In addition to this valuable interaction, the participants enjoy the picturesque island city of Lindau. This medieval city—rich in central European culture—is located at the eastern end of Lake Constance, just north of the Swiss Alps, at the common border of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
Students and young researchers are nominated and selected by several sponsoring agencies and organizations.
My overall experience from this Meeting is very positive. Getting out of the everyday routine and enjoying the atmosphere at the Meeting was rewarding, but it is the scientific discussions with Laureates and students all over the world that I've taken away from Lindau with the greatest gratitude and pleasure. This brief week has re-energized my personal quest for understanding Nature and has provoked interesting thoughts on the meaning of science and discovery. I've made even more new friends and I hope for interesting and fruitful collaborations in the future.
My experience in Lindau is one that I will never forget. Never have I felt so much passion and enthusiasm for science in one place than when I was in Lindau. The week overflowed with engaging lectures and round table discussions, conversations with Laureates and interactions with US and foreign students. It was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life as a scientist!