67th LINDAU NOBEL LAUREATE MEETING

14 July 2017





Delegates from the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany

Delegates from the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany



PhD candidates, Ms Haihui (Joy) Jiang and Mr Andrew Giltrap have just returned from the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. This was a unique opportunity for them to interact with over 30 Nobel Laureates and 400 most qualified early career researchers around the world. Read about their experiences below.

Ms Haihui (Joy) Jiang

Ms Haihui (Joy) Jiang

Ms Haihui (Joy) Jiang

For young scientists, the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting is an once-in-a-lifetime experience. In June 2017, nine Australian delegates including myself received the privilege to experience the extraordinary Lindau spirit.

The scientific part of the program includes laureate seminars and discussions sessions. The style of the talks varied significantly, from a brief overview of scientific challenges and achievement, to a life-time story and advice on how to become a successful researcher. The social part of the program includes morning exercises, science breakfasts, social dinners, a start-up pitch and a cruise trip to Mainau Island.

What I have learnt from my peers is that people have their uniqueness and strengths. We should work together to achieve further. What I have learnt from Nobel Laureates is that there is no short cut to any success. We can see the glory of achievement but we sometimes neglect the challenges faced and effort made behind the story.

Friendships and professional connections have flourished during this journey. I wish I could stay with this great team of people a bit longer. This trip has indeed inspired me to believe in what I am passionate about, to make persistent effort, to be open-minded and to work collaboratively. Goodbye Lindau. We are looking forward to hearing each other’s success stories in the near future.


Mr Andrew Giltrap

Mr Andrew Giltrap

Mr Andrew Giltrap

It was a great privilege to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting along with 400 young chemists from over 70 countries. Each morning the Laureates gave presentations in which they discussed their scientific achievements, key discoveries and most importantly, their advice for young scientists. The Australian delegation had the unique opportunity to have lunch with some of the Laureates including Martin Chalfie, Richard Schrock and Ada Yonath, who was kind enough to give me a lolly. Each afternoon we were able to engage in active small group discussion sessions with a Laureate, delving deeper into their science and receiving wisdom and advice. We heard Sir John Walker’s thoughts on what Brexit will mean for science and Avram Hershko’s advice to work on a unique scientific problem. The evenings were filled with events, with the highlights being an international themed dinner hosted by Mexico and a formal Australian dinner with guest Laureates Sir John Walker and Johann Deisenhofer. Over the course of the week the Laureates addressed a number of the key challenges facing the world today including climate change and anti-science sentiment and we as the young scientists were encouraged to find solutions to these problems. Finally, the opportunity to spend the week in a community of young researchers from around the world was an extremely valuable experience.


Acknowledgements

Joy and Andrew acknowledge the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the Science Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) for an AAS-SIEF fellowship.