64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Physiology or Medicine 29 June – 4 July 2014, Lindau(Bodensee) Germany.
37 Nobel Laureates met from 29 June to 4 July 2014 in Lindau (Bodensee) with around 600 young scientists to share their knowledge, establish new contacts and discuss relevant topics such as global health, cancer, AIDS and the challenges in future research approaches for curing diseases. The young scientists representing almost 80 countries had passed a multi-stage selection process and I was one of them.
After the opening ceremony and welcome address the meeting kicked-off with an opening lecture. This was given by Prof. Randy W. Schekman (2013 Nobel Prize winner for his ground-breaking work on cell membrane vesicle trafficking)
He talked about the origin of the autophagosome membrane. On current publishing system he said: “I believe that our system of publishing is broken and there is lots of pressure to publish in elite journals which may encourage bad science”.
Prof. Jules A. Hoffmann (2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity) gave a lecture on Innate Immunity: From Flies to Humans. After the lecture I had a very nice and extensive discussion with Jules about his research and our current research on innate immunity.
Prof. Bruce A Beutler (2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity). Deciphering Immunity by Making it Fail.We had an amazing time with Bruce, he was really cheerful and attentive during the whole meeting. Discussions with Bruce really encoraged me to keep a global approach and look from broad perpective towards my own research. One thing he stress a lot was “Find a real mystery & put your whole heart into it. Don’t listen to those who say it can’t be done”.
Prof. Elizabeth H.Blackburn. (2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for work on telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the telomere) Adventures at the Ends of Chromosomes. Elizabeth reviewed the history of identifing the role of telomeres and telomerase in the cellular aging process, but also presented newer data of how measuring the length of telomeres in a blood sample can predict one’s propensity for longevity and health.
Prof. Ada E. Yonath (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome) Towards Control of Species-Specific Antibiotics Resistance said: “It is possible to be a nice mother, awesome grandmother and a fantastic scientist”
Some cosmology lectures by Dr. Brian Schmidt(Nobel Prize in Physics, 2011 (for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating).”Cosmology: An Example of the Process of Discovery”. Besides cosmology Schmidt is also really into growing wine, serving his own brand at the event.
Where do ideas come from? An inspiring lectures by Prof. Oliver Smithies (2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; for “the discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells”)
Martin Chalfie (2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP) gave valuable advice on pursuing a career in science.
Walter Gilbert (1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pioneering work in devising methods for determining the sequence of nucleotides in a nucleic acid) gave me some useful advice and encouraging words on my research work.
Apart from the lectures we also got the opportunity to present our own research and of course met some great people.
To conclude I can say that the 2014 Lindau Nobel Meeting was LEGENDARY. The motto of the meeting was to educate, inspire and connect!
Now I’m Feeling
Totally inspired &
It is a must go conference!