In the opening, the spotlight was on young scientists from all corners of the world. A record 89 countries are being represented at this year's Lindau meeting, where 580 young scientists will meet with 39 Nobel Prizes until July 5. The 15 scientists nominated by Columbus will be representing Latin America in this important event, let's meet these researchers and their expectations of the Meeting.
José Vedelago - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is an excellent opportunity to bring together the creative minds of the most revolutionary ideas for society. At the risk of sounding a bit utopian, I feel I have a lot to learn and, I hope, a lot to offer. As a young researcher, I consider this event the event par excellence that every young scientist would like to attend. My expectations are very wide, a few days of the great week that awaits us I find myself anxious and fortunate to share with Nobel Prize Laureates: This opportunity, that few have, of talking with these very important people that have contributed with their science to the benefit of all humanity. This drives me to continue studying and striving, I was chosen to participate and I will take every moment to enrich myself and to return to my country of origin with new ties for future collaborations.
Dr. Silvestre M. Bongiovanni Abel - Research Institute in Materials Science and Technology -INTEMA - National University of Mar del Plata-CONICET
A few days away to traveling to Lindau, I am very happy to be part of this unique experience, not only because of the relevance it represents for my academic and professional life but also on a personal level. First of all, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Columbus Association for having nominated me and to the Lindau Foundation for having selected me among one of the young scientists who this year will be able to meet with eminences awarded with the Nobel Prize in the field of Physics and its related disciplines. I think that, for a researcher in training materials as it is my case, it is a unique event and I want to make the most of this week in Lindau. I am very motivated and excited to get to the city and be one of the privileged within the public to listen to the readings, master classes, comments, advice and suggestions of such renowned researchers worldwide. In addition, the meeting will promote cultural exchange through its various activities beyond the strictly academic. I wish it to be fruitful for all attendees and I am looking forward to meeting academic peers from different countries, exchanging opinions, our realities and scientific profiles, knowing their medium- and long-term plans, and even starting collaborative research activities. I think that Lindau will be an excellent opportunity that will help to develop this type of exchanges and I look forward to meeting Nobel Laureates, particularly personalities such as Prof. Novoselov (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2010), who, in my opinion, is one of the most relevant scientists of these times for all that implies his research in the field of graphene and materials science.
Kiyo Costa Higuchi - Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul – PUCRS-
It seems surreal that I will meet and talk to scientists who have changed science and the world with their achievements. It is a unique opportunity in life, and what I want is to learn what I can and be inspired by those geniuses and share it with the scientific community around me. Currently, we are experiencing very difficult moments in Brazilian science, and the possibility of participating in such an event brings hope and shows that our work is valued. I am eager to meet researchers from different generations from all over the world, and I believe that the atmosphere of the event will be rich in experiences and knowledge to be shared. I would love to meet Ada Yonath, because she is a great inspiration as a woman in science. I have already had the opportunity to meet Wolfgang Ketterle in Spain two years ago, and besides seeing him again, I will meet Carl Wieman, one of the physicists with whom he shares the Nobel. I signed up for Laureate Lunch with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, because in addition to a spectacular researcher, I love the mastery with which he teaches Quantum Physics in his classic books. There are no words that describe the honor of participating in an encounter with so many incredibly bright minds.
Miguel Boratto - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
The 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate is an event that will be of great importance to me and my career as scientist and physicist. Being among great scientists that extraordinarily contributed to Science and Physics may directly impact my work and my coworker’s.
Among several laureate I would like to meet, in my laureate lunch with Klaus von Klitzing I hope to have the chance of learning more from his Nobel prize related to quantum Hall effect. His work is very important and is in the broad area of my research and I think a talk and better understanding of his work should open new research possibilities and ideas of works for me in the future.
I hope besides learning something from the laureates and the colleague’s young researchers present also get some of their enthusiasm to keep researching. I thank Columbus and Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) for this unique chance of participating in this outstanding event.
Horacio Poblete - Universidad de Talca
As a young scientist from Latin America (Chile), it will be a great honor and a life-changing opportunity for me to assist in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2019. Being nominated for this international conference has been possible due to all the personal and familiar efforts inverted into my professional training, as well as all the possibilities, are given to me by my academic institution. Lately, I joined the Universidad de Talca as a Tenure-Track Investigator, place where I am putting all my effort to forming my research group focused on studying the physicochemical properties involved in the adsorption of biomolecules to nanometal surfaces, it employing advanced theoretical methods, as well as bioinformatics tools. In this regard, I believe that I still have much to learn and this meeting will be a great occasion to learn about new studies in my research area and interact with renowned scientists, perhaps culminating in future collaboration networks.
Heiddy Paola Quiroz Gaitán - Universidad Nacional de Colombia
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is an event of great international impact for the discussion, socialization of emerging research conducted by young researchers and discussed with the best scientists in the world. Having the opportunity to participate in an event that offers these enormous opportunities, represents for me a professional and personal achievement, since it is a recognition the fact of have been chosen among so many excellent students and researchers worldwide. It is also an honor and a great responsibility to represent my university and my country, showing the scientific potential of my region. This will allow me to discuss the results of my research with colleagues and experts of high scientific quality. This is the case of scientist Albert Fert, who works in the same area of knowledge and with whom I will share this experience to grow as a professional and have the opportunity to listen to his opinions and the new researches he is developing.
Luis Eduardo Herrera - Universidad Nacional de Colombia
For me as a student who just finished his undergraduate and entered the postgraduate course, this event represents an invaluable opportunity for my professional training, the fact of attending would allow me to greatly improve my knowledge in cutting-edge scientific topics, and as a student of the National University of Colombia It allows me to make connections, exchanges of culture and thought, and also show the quality of the National University in an international context. Meeting a Nobel Prize is a unique opportunity, and meeting 42 is even more so. The benefit that can be derived from sharing an activity with a Nobel is great, both the deep knowledge that can be transmitted to you, as well as advice in the scientific field and the research that is currently being carried out in the country.
As a scientist, my expectation is to meet and share with the following Laureates: David Jefrey Wineland, Serge Haroche. In my undergraduate work as a physicist I focus theoretically on quantum mechanics, especially quantum information. The entanglement is one of the key points of this part of physics and I have approached this issue from a theoretical perspective. Wineland and Haroche won the Nobel Prize in 2012 for “innovative experimental methods that allow the measurement and manipulation of individual quantum systems,” such a feat is closely related to the application of entanglement. Knowing these laureates would imply breaking the gap between the theoretical and the experimental, understanding how the whole theory applied to reality represents a great moment for me as a scientist. In addition, I feel very excited to meet young scientists from other parts of the world, to see and learn from them in the way they do science and the cultural exchange seems incredible.
Luis Miguel Villamagua - Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja
I currently work at the Technical Private University of Loja (UTPL) as a Physics teacher and researcher in the area of materials science. I am very motivated by the meeting in Lindau due to the academic environment that such events can offer. I am sure that this event will give me the opportunity to meet talented researchers and students, of different ages and cultural backgrounds; A perfect occasion to share ideas and experiences. For my part, my experience as a young leader of a research group in my home country could be of interest to some attendees, especially those who are starting an academic career.
David Hervas - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
As an international graduate student from Ecuador attending the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, my life has been thoroughly enriched by international collaboration. Through my participation in the 2019 Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting, I wish to forge lasting connections with other young scientists and the leaders of our field, simultaneously enriching my academic and personal life. It will be an honor to represent my country, my institution, and all those who have helped me along the way. I believe this event will be the ideal place for such endeavors: a place to share your ideas, a place to share your culture. I truly believe that few other places could have a larger impact on my path to become an effective science communicator. As such, it would be a great honor to meet Arthur B. McDonald to discuss the future of neutrinoless double-beta decay and if there is time, possible new “Timbit” flavors.
Eduardo Munguía– Universidad de Colima
I think that this year's edition of Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings will be very special, as there will be a great diversity of people very excited to meet both young scientists from different countries and those who have won Nobel prizes. I look forward to creating friendly ties with participants who are interested in collaborating on a future research project. In addition, I hope to learn a lot from the interactions I will have with the laureates and receive advice to help me plan my scientific career. In particular, I would like to meet Professor Wolfgang Ketterle, laureate of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his studies on the properties of Bose-Einstein condensates. I have seen multiple talks and interviews he has given, and I am fascinated by his way of thinking and explaining different complicated concepts related to his work area. I think he is a very wise person from whom I can acquire many ideas that help me to train as a physicist.
Fernando Arteaga - Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla
I am very honored to be one of the few selected young scholars to participate in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The joy to meet some Nobel Laureates is overwhelming, and I am eager to hear all of the amazing knowledge and stories that the Nobel Laureates will share with all of us. Personally, I am more interested in hearing about the lives of the Laureates, like what problems they needed to overcome to become a Nobel Laureate especially how did they overcome those problems, and how did they think about their fascinating ideas, to mention a few of them.
This event is probably going to be the largest event I have ever attended, the only events I had previous participation were only small conferences where there are less than 200 participants. For that reason, I have no idea what to expect of this meeting, with a substantial amount of participants from all over the world; the idea of getting to know more than 500 young scientists from all over the world and share some experiences with them is just marvelous.
Getting to meet that many Laureates is a one in a lifetimes experience; nevertheless, I captivated by the idea of taking in person with Professor Kurt Wüthrich, as he shares a formation similar to mine, which is a degree in chemistry and another degree in physics, in addition, his most remarkable work is with NMR, and my work is also directly related to magnetic nuclear resonance.
Finally, I want to thank Columbus for allowing me to be part of this wonderful experience.
Silvia Cortés López - Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla
Doctor of Science (Physics) from the Institute of Physics “Ing. Luis Rivera Terrazas ”of the Benemérita Autonomous University of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, my subjects of interest are the optical properties of photonic crystals; Metamaterials and superconductors of negative refractive index and homogenization of photonic crystals. Attending this high level meeting I hope will allow me to learn from the academic and life experiences of Nobel laureates that motivate and strengthen my academic and scientific performance. I would also like to establish collaborative contacts with the meeting attendees to develop topics related to my line of research as well as multidisciplinary. I believe that the meeting will be full of events that will broaden our perspective regarding the importance of science and technology for the development of a country, as well as the importance of the dissemination of science for its strengthening. Personally I would like to meet Dr. Johannes G. Bednorz for his discovery of the phenomenon of critical high temperature superconductivity in materials known as cuprates; as well as Dr. Brian D. Josephson for his prediction of the Josephson effect. Sharing experiences and activities with them will undoubtedly be an enriching and personal growth experience.
Samuel Hidalgo Caballero - Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla
Currently, a graduate of the Master in Applied Physics at the Benemérita Autonomous University of Puebla and starting my PhD at the Higher School of Physics and Chemistry, with a Marie-Curie Scholarship, for me it is a great honor to be able to participate in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, being this year dedicated to Physics. The fact of having been accepted in this event where we will have the opportunity to meet with 39 Nobel Laureates, already represents an achievement for each of us, as young scientists. Personally, my expectations for this meeting are the following: first, to have personal and direct contact with several Nobel Laureates to ask several questions related to the way in which they developed their research and the context in which they conducted it, I would also like to take advantage of the meeting that takes place among the best young scientists in the world to be able to establish bonds of friendship and the possibility of establishing future collaborations. In general, this event will allow us to grow and mature our scientific experience, learning and being in contact with the brightest minds on this planet, in the disciplines awarded by the Nobel Foundation. I think it will be a very fruitful experience and I will have the possibility of having a meal with the Nobel Prize Stephan W. Hell, whom I would be interested to meet for two reasons: the first one is for his work on the super resolution in fluorescence microscopy, which has endless applications in my area of expertise, right away because he is director of the Max Planck Institute of Gottingen, dedicated to Biophysical Chemistry and that I will also have the opportunity to visit since I was accepted in the event after the meeting of Lindau to present my research work at that institute. Finally, I would like to highlight that the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting also represents an opportunity to express the needs of the planet and, based on it, develop priority areas to perform future research. I think Nobel Laureates are in the perfect position to express these types of issues for the benefit of future generations of human beings and, above all, of nature.
Cesar Franco Delgado - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
There is little left for what will be the most relevant event I will have attended in my academic and professional life, it feels like a dream from which I am not yet awake; It is a privilege to be part of this delegation of young scholars. I never had the chance to meet Nobel Lauretes in Physics, several of which are my idols such as Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald who, like me today, work with neutrinos. Thanks to the Lindau Meeting, I will be fortunate to have dinner with Takaaki Kajita at one of the Laureate Lunches that happen everyday during the meeting, an unparalleled experience. In addition, there will be Carlo Rubbia and Cohen-Tannoudji, without the first, particle physics would not be at today's level and for the second, I have a special feeling knowing that he is the author of a book on quantum mechanics I used in my undergraduate studies. I know that after the event I will be a better scientist and person, meeting the other young scholars from such diverse cultures will be an enriching experience, as well as the experience and the master classes that the Nobel Laureates will give.
Simón Rincón - Universidad Simón Bolívar
Participating in this Lindau meeting is like a dream for me. Physics Nobel Laureates have an incredible capacity to put theoretical, computational and experimental ideas together with their huge comprehension of physical phenomena in order to create new ideas to solve the most complex problems and understand nature in the deepest way possible, and truly understanding is the biggest award that a scientist needs to feel happy. That is why I think to learn from them, their thought schemes, working methods, and most relevant researches are going to have a huge impact in the development of my career as a researcher, and my way of understanding physics.
I would like to be able to share information about the physics’ topics I love with the amazing scientific community that I am going to meet, as well as to expand my little knowledge in all physics areas in which the meeting is going to be centered. So, I know that the lectures, agora talks, presentations, and poster sessions are going to play an important role in this. So, I can say that learning a lot, making good friends and sharing with scientists as Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Michael Kosterlitz, and Donna Strickland will make this event to be one of the most beautiful of my life!
A global, sustainable and open meeting
The hostess, Countess Bettina Bernadotte, president of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, responded to a call from Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn in 2018 in Lindau, in which she urged science to adopt a global, sustainable and open approach. "Together with Liz Blackburn, we have developed a draft for a 'Lindau Declaration'," Bernadotte announced to the assembled scientists, explaining that the Lindau Meeting was conceived exactly for this purpose: as a forum for dialogue and exchange.
The meeting, which is held on the shores of Lake Constance until Friday, July 5, offers a great opportunity for Nobel Laureates and young scientists to participate in extensive discussions. A variety of program formats will facilitate face-to-face dialogue, such as the Agora Talks, Laureate Lunches and Science Walks. Prior to the meeting, anxiety is the word that can describe the feelings of all the Latin American candidates nominated by Columbus, a privileged ally in Latin America of the Lindau Meetings.
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