23 June 2017

Humboldtians at Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Numerous members of the Humboldt Family amongst young researchers and Nobel Prize winners attending the Nobel Laureate Meeting on Lake Constance.

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This year marks the 67th time that Nobel laureates and young researchers from throughout the world will come together for scholarly discussions in Lindau, Germany. In its capacity as an academic partner to the meeting, the Humboldt Foundation nominates young researchers from its network to attend the meeting. The participants of this high-calibre event are designated in the course of a multi-stage process by a special selection committee for the Nobel Laureate Meeting. Twelve of the approximately 420 young researchers from around the world who were invited to come to Lake Constance from 25-30 June this year were nominated by the Humboldt Foundation. 

This year's Nobel Laureate Meeting will focus on chemistry. With its panel discussions and lectures, the meeting offers opportunities for scientific dialogue that is cross-generational and cross-cultural. The junior scientists will be able to use programme activities such as the Master Classes to present their work to the attending Nobel laureates and seek feedback and advice.

Humboldtians alone will account for eight of the 28 Nobel Prize winners attending the Nobel Laureate Meeting. Humboldt Research Award winner Steven Chu, who served as US Secretary of Energy from 2009 to 2013, unfortunately had to cancel his attendance at short notice. His keynote speech on the devastating effect of climate changes will be read on his behalf.

The Humboldtians among the 28 Nobel laureates attending the meeting are:

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