Representing Greece and since 2009, the Onassis Foundation is academic partner of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings that take place annually in Lindau, Germany.
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are organized by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings at Lake Constance. The Meetings are a universally recognized forum, where different generations of scientists from the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine/Physiology and Economics, have the chance to exchange knowledge and views, in an especially friendly and hospitable environment. They offer inspiration and motive to both the highly regarded participating scientists – Laureates of the Nobel Prize and to the new talents of the scientific community, through open discussions, seminars and social events organized within the framework of the meetings.
Young students and researchers that are selected for their participation, have the rare opportunity to socialize with the most important representatives of Science and to share their thoughts with acknowledged personalities in their respective fields.
The Lindau Meetings in Chemistry, Physics and Medicine/Physiology have been organized yearly since 1951. In 2004, the Economic Sciences Meetings were established and have been taking place every three years. The Lindau Meetings institution was further enhanced in the year 2000, with the establishment of the interdisciplinary meetings, with the participation of Nobel Laureates and young scientists from all three fields of Physical Sciences – Physic, Chemistry and Medicine or/ and Physiology. Interdisciplinary meetings are organized every five years.
The next, 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will be taking place from June 26th up until July 1st and will be dedicated to the field of Physics.
Since 1951, more than 26,000 young scientists from 80 countries have participated in the Lindau Meetings. Every scientific meeting welcomes about 30 Nobel Prize holders and about 600 young scientists.
The Scientific Committee of the Foundation, though its members’ knowledge and long teaching experience and under the Presidency of Prof. Dimitris Nanopoulos, is responsible for the preliminary selection of those that will competing for a place in the Lindau Meetings; the Committee has been established in order to choose and recommend to the Lindau Meetings organizers for their final approval, a pre-defined number of graduate and post graduate students, PhD Candidates, PhD and Post PhD researchers of outstanding research work and significant academic profile.
Greek Universities have an especially important role in the preliminary selection process; each year, the Foundation asks for the valuable assistance of the aforesaid Universities’ Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine and Biology (depending on which scientific field is being hosted that year) in order to collect all interested parties’ candidatures and select the most promising ones, based on the organizers’ selection criteria. All candidatures from all Greek Universities are evaluated by the Foundation’s Scientific Committee, which ultimately decides on the 10 candidatures (15 if the Meeting is interdisciplinary) that will be submitted to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings organizers for their final evaluation and selection.
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings organizers have the responsibility of making the final selection of participants. Their task is challenging, as candidates competing for a place in each Meeting are many (coming from all over the world) and of remarkable qualities.
The Onassis Foundation, as academic partner of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, has so far funded the participation of 46 Greek young scientists in the aforesaid venture. All participants’ expenses (participation fees/ board and accommodation, transportation and miscellaneous expenses) are fully covered by the Foundation.
With a recent decision of its Board of Directors, the Onassis Foundation will be funding young scientists for their participation in the Economic Sciences Meetings organized every three years. The next meeting in the field of Economics will be organized in 2017 and for the selection of participants in the final evaluation procedure on behalf of the organizers, the same primary selection procedure will be followed as with the one described above with regard to the Lindau Meetings in the fields of Physics, Chemistry and Medicine/Physiology, in which Greece has been participating in so far.
For more information regarding the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, you may visit http://www.lindau-nobel.org