My experience at the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting dedicated to physiology and medicine
I had the incredible chance of attending the 68th Lindau Laureate meeting which lasted from the 24th – 29th of June 2018. The preselection was highly competitive and after two application rounds, I and four other DZNE members were chosen to be young scientists nominated from the Helmholtz society. The group of young researchers consisted of 600 PhD students, postdocs, master and medical students from 84 different countries. We had the unique opportunity to interact closely and personally with 39 Nobel Laureates, who have won their prize in the fields of physiology and medicine. It was the first time, so many laureates attended the meeting of this discipline, and we were eager to meet them and listen to their talks.
Through very diverse formats, such as lectures, personal lunches, open exchanges and panel discussions, we were able to closely get an inside view of their careers and motivation for science. Getting so close to the “superstars of science” is for sure a memorable experience! As a surprise, we also had our own Helmholtz dinner, organized by Dr. Johannes Freudenreich (Promotion of young and early-stage researchers at Helmholtz Association) , with Laureate Randy Schekman attending as a special guest.
The conversations with the other young scientists were one of the most rewarding, since each of them is very outstanding and undergoing a promising career. Getting in touch with the brightest minds, exchanging ideas about science and future plans, was for sure inspiring. At the end of the meeting we visited Mainau Island with a special boat of the state of “Baden Württemberg”, which was just an amazing ship ride and a good finish for a special meeting to be long remembered.
P.S.: All lectures are publicly available online!