Report from the 69th Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau

Jolanda Schwarz, PhD student in the MR Physics group, took part in the Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau and reported on her experience:

It was an incredible chance to participate in the 69th Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau. Together with 580 other young scientists of physics (students, doctoral students and postdocs) I had the opportunity to meet 39 Nobel laureates of physics and chemistry.

In addition to exciting lectures by the Nobel Laureates, we had the opportunity to talk to the winners during interactive lectures, discussions, lunches or science walks and to gain an insight into their careers and motivation for science. During the breaks in particular, many Nobel Laureates sought contact with us young researchers. For example, Bill Phillips announced directly on the first day that everyone would receive a prize for asking him a question. This prize consisted of cards freshly printed in June with all the natural constants defining the International Unity System since 20 May 2019.

The numerous discussions with the other participants from a total of 89 countries were also very interesting. The exchange on science, previous careers and ambitious plans for the future was very inspiring.

My personal highlight of the week was a zeppelin flight over Lake Constance. Together with 15 other young scientists and 2 Nobel Laureates I had the incredible opportunity to see Lake Constance and Lindau from a completely different perspective and to learn a lot about these impressive airships.

As a successful closing of an interesting week, we made a boat trip to the flower island Mainau. In addition to a stimulating panel discussion on 'How can science change the world for the better?', Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman gave a very touching speech on her dream of Yemen and peaceful movements.

I will certainly remember this special, inspiring meeting for a long time to come.

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