The fifteen young researchers nominated by Columbus constitute 47% of all Latin Americans accepted to participate in the Meeting. These talented researchers come from universities in Argentina (2), Brazil (2), Colombia (2), Chile (1), Ecuador (2), Mexico (4), Peru (1) and Venezuela (1). Thirteen of the participants represent member universities of Columbus and the two remaining have been independent candidates that Columbus has been able to nominate this year, thanks to the vote of confidence deposited by the Lindau Foundation so that Columbus is, as of this year, the academic reference for Latin America of the Meetings. These fifteen representatives constitute the most numerous group of participants nominated by Columbus that has been selected for a single meeting since the signing of the agreement between the Lindau Foundation and the Columbus Association in 2017.
At the Meeting, a total of 580 undergraduates, master's, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers will participate, all of them under 35 years of age, of 88 nationalities; 34% are women scientists. Selected researchers will be able to participate in an intense program of conferences, round tables, bilateral meetings and an enriching exchange with young people with whom they share passion and interests. "Considering the excellent group of applicants, the selection proved to be very challenging," says Rainer Blatt, Professor at the Institute of Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck. Blatt is a member of the Council and one of two Scientific Chairmen of this year’s meeting. In addition to the selection process, he is also co-responsible for conceiving the scientific programme.
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are held every year since 1951 and are designed as a forum for exchange, networking and inspiration. A world of possibilities opens up to the participants: some confirm what they already knew, others better guide the next steps in their scientific career. Thanks to the agreement signed in 2017 with the Lindau Foundation, Columbus is proud to be able to contribute to open perspectives to the young representatives of its member universities and Latin Americans in general, thus increasing the participation of Latin America in this global festival of sciences.