Bartosz Błasiak, D.Eng., a START programme stipendiary, will meet in Lindau with Nobel laureates and several hundred young scientists from around the world. This year’s 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will happen from June 26 to July 1 and will focus on chemistry.
Bartosz Błasiak, D.Eng., an FNP stipendiary, has already back in 2020 successfully passed the multi-stage recruitment process qualifying to participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, which returns this year in stationary form after a two-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, Błasiak is among nearly 600 scientists from 90 countries – students, doctorate holders, and postdocs under the age of 35 – who will participate in the 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany. This year, 32 Nobel laureates will meet with young scientists.
The six-day meeting program includes lectures and panel discussions, this year in the field of chemistry. Moreover, early career researchers from around the world will have the opportunity to present their research, establish valuable contacts, participate in poster sessions, and have individual meetings with the Nobel laureates.
The idea of meetings between young researchers and Nobel laureates was born from the initiative of two physicians from Lindau, Franz Karl Hein and Gustav Wilhelm Parade, and Count Lennart Bernadotte, a member of the Swedish royal family. Since then, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings – held under the motto “Mission Education” – have evolved into an internationally recognized forum for scientific debate on issues of global importance. The meetings have also gained numerous partners and supporters around the world.
By virtue of an agreement concluded with the Council of Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, the Foundation for Polish Science has since 2006 nominated members of the Polish delegation who partake in the meetings. Young, talented researchers are selected from among the stipendiaries of the prestigious START programme, which supports the best Polish early career researchers. Participation costs in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are covered by the FNP and organizers.
Bartosz Błasiak, D.Eng., studied at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology, followed by doctoral studies at Korea University in Seoul. From 2017 to 2020, he was associated with the Wrocław University of Science and Technology, where he established his first own research group. In 2019, he received a START stipend from the Foundation for Polish Science. Since 2021, he has been working at the Goethe University Frankfurt.
This is how he describes his scientific and research interests:
“Although chemistry could actually be described with a few simple numbers (universal constants) and the solution of the Schrödinger equation, in practice this is no longer achievable even for larger molecules. In such cases, the theoretical chemist must use approximate methods to understand the processes involved and to help experimentalists interpret their measurements. Therefore, I have chosen as my scientific goal the development of new methods in quantum chemistry, which can describe in an approximate but accurate and extremely fast way not only individual molecules, but also their practically infinite possibilities of interactions leading to the formation of aggregates, crystals, solvents, or even other more complicated systems. I am currently engaged in developing an electron structure model that in a specific manner partitions a complex system composed of many molecules (hundreds to over a thousand and more). From such “LEGO blocks,” I reconstruct the structure of a chemical system that is most important for experimental chemists.”
[Photo: Bartosz Błasiak, private archive]