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Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2011 – Final Coverage Roundup

Friday was the last day of the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates. The week’s programme has been full of engaging plenary talks from Nobel Laureates, inspiring panel discussions and a plethora of advice for early career scientists.

The official Lindau English blog has been doing an exceptional job reporting on all the latest news, views and reflections on this unique meeting and here on Of Schemes and Memes we have also been regularly updating readers with the latest coverage.

However, we’d still like to bring to your attention a final set of blog posts and video content from the conference and do let us know if we have missed anything off:

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Roger Tsien: a rainbow of fluorescence

Blogger Lucas Brouwers reports on Roger Tsien’s plenary talk on Wednesday. The talk focused on his work designing fluorescent molecules:

When Tsien describes ‘his’ molecules, he does so with fondness. For Tsien, designing molecules is the molecular equivalent of sculpting. No two sculptors will ever create the same sculpture. Likewise, no two chemical engineers will design the same molecule.

You can also watch a video of Tsien’s talk in the post as well as a full length version here.

The countess and her cowboy hat

Blogger Lucas Brouwers reveals that every student and young researcher who attends the conference must buy Bettina Bernadotte, the daughter of count Lennart Bernadotte who funded the very first Lindau meeting in 1951, a present. The tradition has stuck and Lucas reveals the unusual gifts that this year attendees have brought:

Cajun spices from New Orleans

Cowboy hat from Texas

Book about the diverse nature of North Carolina

Old Bay spice from Maryland

Baltimore baseball

You can see a list of more gifts in the blog post.

A Storify summary of Thursday’s online conversations

A storyboard that captures the live tweets from Thursday’s plenary talks, as well as video and blogging content. Includes the tweets from the panel discussion on, “Being a (Responsible) Scientist.” Do check back as it will be updated as more coverage is published.

This Storify is also mirrored on Of Schemes and Memes.

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The Prize of Freedom

In this post Lindau attendee Kelly Quesnelle explains why she came to Lindau, her expectations of the meeting and what she has learnt:

I expected interactions with those who had “won” in science would rekindle desire to stay in the fight so that perhaps some day I, too, could win a prize. Much like any scientific venture, I came in expecting one thing and have been pleasantly delighted by a journey that has taken me in an entirely different direction.

The future of biomedicine in global health

Christine Ottery summarises the panel discussion that focused on the future of biomedicine. She highlights the main points from the meeting:

The future of medicine is contained in ‘The Four Ps’: Personalised, Predictive, Preventative, and Participatory.

You can hear Nobel Laureates Prof. Dr. Aaron Ciechanover’s thoughts in the post. This post is also mirrored on Scientific America’s Blog: Lindau Nobel Meeting—The future of biomedicine.

What to do with a problem like global health

What can be done about global health? Was the question on everyone’s minds following Peter Agre’s moving talk on malaria, ‘without borders,’ earlier in the week. Read Christine Ottery’s summary of the last panel discussion on the future of biomedicine:

The Economist’s science and technology editor Geoffrey Carr starts the concluding panel of the Lindau meeting by setting out the stark reality: “The greatest health needs are in the developing countries”.

The beauty of Beethoven and buckminsterfullerene

Blogger Lucas Brouwers discusses a statement made by Sir Harry Kroto during a tense press conference on Wednesday:

“Try to explain the culture and the depth of Shakespeare to someone who does not speak the English language. It’s extremely difficult. When a journalist asks me to describe my research in one sentence, I get irritated and ask: ‘how much of the language of science do you know?’”

Brouwers asks can one appreciate the deep beauty of science, without mastering calculus, quantum mechanics or molecular genetics? He belives you can, despite Kroto’s thoughts. What do you think? Have your say in this post.

This post is also mirrored on Scientific America’s Blog: Lindau Nobel Meeting—Shakespeare and Beethoven and buckminsterfullerene for the uninitiated.

A Storify summary of Friday’s online conversations

A Storify from the final day at this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting which involved the customary boat trip to Isle of Mainau, where this year the Closing Panel Discussion focused on the issue of “Global Health.”

This Storify is also mirrored on Of Schemes and Memes.

Top 5 unforgettable Lindau meeting moments

Christine Ottery reveals her top 5 moments from the 61st Meeting of the Nobel Laureates at Lindau:

Christian De Duve went out on quite a limb talking about the future of humanity in his lecture. He received a standing ovation for handing the the baton onto the young generation to ‘do it better’ – ‘our generation messed up’, he said.

What were your top moments? Have your say in the comment thread.

More Video coverage

Watch videos of the latest talks and panel sessions from the conference:

Why did the acatech nominate Sven-Eric for Lindau?

Why does the DAAD nominate students for Lindau?

How are Pakistani students nominated for Lindau?

From Saarbrücken to Lindau – Sven-Eric’s Video Diary Part II

From Tel Aviv to Lindau – Shay’s Video Diary Part I

Aaron Ciechanover – Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2011

Avram Hershko – Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2011

Sir Martin J. Evans – Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2011

Roger Y. Tsien – Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 201

Jean-Marie Pierre Lehn – Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2011

From Bonn to Lindau – Anna’s Video Diary Part I

From San Diego to Lindau – Csilla’s Video Diary Part I

From Munich to Lindau – Anna’s Video Diary Part I


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