The first full day of this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting began on Monday with a morning of plenary sessions by seven of the Laureates.
To capture the live tweeting around these talks, as well as video and blog content, we have created a Storify below. Do check back as we’ll be updating it as more coverage is published, as well as creating additional Storifys for each day of the rest of the conference.
You can also find this Storify mirrored on the official Lindau Nobel Community site here.
Below is a short summary of the latest blogging coverage over at the Lindau Nobel Community site, but make sure you keep an eye on the English blog for more news, interviews and opinion pieces.
So who are the attendees at this year’s meeting? What do they have in common and what are they hoping to gain from this intense once-in-a-lifetime invitation? asks nature.com’s Lou Woodley in her latest post on the official Lindau Blog:
You can hear from six of the attendees in their video diary updates. In addition, in the run up to this weekend, Scientific American has been profiling 30 of the young scientists attending Lindau. In the “30 under 30” series of short interveiws, each of the 30 attendees were asked the same questions including what they’re working on in their research, where they see themselves in the future and who their scientific heroes are.“There is certainly a “wow!” factor to meeting any Nobelist”Common to them all is an excitement at the opportunity to talk with the laureates: “there is certainly a “wow!” factor to meeting any Nobelist” – Eduard Rusu and “I am eager to ask Nobel laureates their thoughts on improving science education and discussion how science can be better communicated to the public.” – Merideth Frey.
Each person has their own list of scientific rock-stars. Most of them have not won the Nobel Prize but we admire them and we feel excited when they talk to us at conferences. I like to think of Lindau as a reunion of scientific rock-stars. Highly respected people that we are lucky to spend time with. We will also get to meet nascent stars that we will be proud to have met later on in our lives. The path to stardom is not easy. It takes discipline and hard work. The laureates that we will meet this week were not recognized for their one-hit-wonders but for the compilation of their greatest hits. We will all be influenced by their work and that will be reflected on our future songs…
Lindau blogger, Beatrice Lugger explains the history behind the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting and why 20 to 30 Nobel Laureates meet at this beautiful spot with young researchers every year since 1951:
In 1951 two physicians in Lindau, six years after the end of World War II, thought of how to overcome the scientific isolation – Germany had been excluded from most of the worldwide scientific exchange. Franz Karl Hein and his colleague Gustav Parade had the idea of a congress to encourage international scientific exchanges with Nobel Laureates and they found an open–minded and enthusiastic advocate and patron in Count Lennart Bernadotte af Wisborg (†). Count Lennart Bernadotte was a member of the Swedish royal family, who lived at the other end of Lake Constance on the island of Mainau – as his family still does today. After all, his great-grandfather, the Swedish King Oscar II, had awarded the very first Nobel prizes.
You can find out more about the history of the meetings in the Mediatheque.