START winners to meet Nobel laureates in Lindau

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Four of last year’s winners in FNP’s START programme will meet in Lindau, Germany, with Nobel Prize winners and several hundred young scientists from all over the world. The theme of this year’s event will be chemistry.

This year’s 67th running of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will be attended by Michał Białek (University of Wrocław), Joanna Jankowska (Warsaw University), Grzegorz Szczepaniak (Warsaw University) and Magdalena Zdrowowicz (University of Gdansk), winners in the START programme of the Foundation for Polish Science specializing in the field of chemistry. All of them are affiliated with the University of Warsaw. The FNP laureates will join a group of 400 researchers from 76 countries—undergraduates, PhD students and postdocs below age 35 who successfully completed a multi-stage international recruitment process.

This year’s event will be devoted to issues including molecular machines, big data, climate change and the role of science in the “post-truth” era. More than 30 Nobel laureates will meet with the young scientists. Among those who have confirmed their attendance are Bernard Feringa and Jean-Pierre Sauvage, winners with Sir Fraser Stoddart of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Ahmet Üzümcü, director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, will also attend. Young chemists from all over the world will have an opportunity to present their own research, form valuable contacts, participate in poster sessions and meet individually with Nobel Prize winners. Lectures and panel discussions are also planned.

The meetings between young scientists and Nobel laureates began at the initiative of two doctors from Lindau, Franz Karl Hein and Gustav Wilhelm Parade, and Count Lennart Bernadotte of Wisborg, a member of the Swedish royal family. The first event was held in 1951. Since then, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, under the motto “Mission Education,” have evolved into an internationally recognized forum for scientific debate over issues of global significance and have attracted numerous partners and supporters from all over the world.

Under an agreement with the Council of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, since 2006 the Foundation for Polish Science has nominated members of the Polish delegation to participate in the meetings. Talented young researchers are selected from among the winners of the prestigious START programme, designed for the best young Polish researchers. The costs of participation in the Lindau meeting are covered by FNP and the organizers.

The event in Lindau will be held on 25–30 June 2017.

*Photo: C. Flemming



*Zdjęcie: Ch. Flemming