Once a year, around 30 to 40 Nobel laureates meet with promising early-stage researchers from around the world in Lindau. At this exclusive meeting, the researchers use different meeting formats to discuss state-of-the-art research and their own research across generations and countries.
The early-stage researchers are nominated for this meeting by their research institutions and have then to complete a selection procedure. This year, four doctoral students of the Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics (CDSE) at the Graduate School for Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) will participate in the Nobel Laureate Meetings for the University of Mannheim: Andrey Alexandrov (macroeconomics with a focus on business cycles) and Federico Innocenti (industrial economics), Maximilian Jager (economics with a focus on financial markets) and Tsung Hsien Li (quantitative macroeconomics).
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 70th meeting has been cancelled this year and has been postponed to June 2021. The 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences has been postponed to August 2021. As an alternative, the Online Science Days 2020 took place.
About the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
Since their foundation in 1951 the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have developed into a unique international scientific forum. The annual Meetings provide an opportunity for an exchange between different generations, cultures and disciplines. The theme of the Lindau Meetings alternates between Physics, Chemistry or Physiology and Medicine – the three Nobel Prize scientific disciplines. Every five years an interdisciplinary Meeting takes place, while the Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences is held every three years. Through the medium of various declarations (2015 on Climate Change, 1955 Against the Use of Nuclear Weapons) the scientists have repeatedly joined in the public debate with political appeals.
It was the Lindau physicians Franz Karl Hein and Gustav Wilhelm Parade who approached Count Lennart Bernadotte af Wisborg with the idea of a conference of Nobel Laureates and proceeded to jointly implement this with him – since 1953 with the participation of young scientists. Some 35,000 students, PhD candidates and post-docs have since taken part. Their experience of the Meeting may be literally once-in-a-lifetime, but they remain permanent members of the Lindau Alumni Network and ambassadors for scientific dialogue.
All year long the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings continue to pursue their “Mission Education” aimed at emphasising the importance of science and advocating science and research. This is also the purpose for which the online mediatheque is being developed into a learning platform which includes teaching materials for schools.