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Young scientific talents meet with 31 Chemistry Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany

08 March 2017

Five young scientists from Columbus member universities have been selected to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany from June 25th to 30th, 2017. Columbus-nominated participants represent 27.7% of young Latin American accepted researchers studying in the region, and 20.8% of all accepted Latin American young scientists, if those studying outside the region are included. Accepted young researchers come from universities in Argentina (1), Chile (2), Colombia (1) and Mexico (1).

A total of 400 young scientists have been accepted to participate in this event. They are outstanding undergraduate students, graduate students and post-docs under the age of 35, conducting research in the field of chemistry. They have successfully passed an international selection process.


“The quality of applicants was again extremely high”, says Burkhard Fricke, professor emeritus for theoretical physics and coordinator of the selection process. “Some of the young scientists who applied had very impressive CVs. It is highly unfortunate that we can only invite 400 of them.”

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings take place every year since 1951 and are designed as a forum for exchange, networking and inspiration. In Lindau, excellent young researchers coexist for a week with the most acclaimed scientists of their field. The key topics of the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will include big data, climate change and the role of science in a “post-truth” era.

The selected young scientists may expect a six-day programme with numerous lectures and panel discussions. All five Columbus-nominated participants have been accepted as Young Scholars, having the opportunity to discuss their own work at one of the master classes or at the poster session.

“This is a unique opportunity for the young scientists to present their research in front of an international audience and receive invaluable feedback from Nobel Laureates.”, says Wolfgang Lubitz, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Vice-President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and scientific co-chairperson of this year’s meeting. In addition to the scientific programme, the meeting offers many opportunities for the young scientists to socialize with the Nobel Laureates, and of course with each other, in a relaxed atmosphere.