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Young Indian scientists to meet Nobel Laureates in Germany

June 04, 2008

The Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) has selected a team of 23 young scientists to attend the Annual Meeting of the Nobel Laureates and students in Lindau in Germany, from 29th June to 4th July. The Group will visit Germany for two weeks, which includes the Lindau Meet, sponsored by the Lindau Committee of Nobel Laureates Meeting and visits to various premier German research institutions.

Since 2001, India’s Department of Science and Technology sends young scientists, selected from all over India, to attend the Nobel Laureates meeting held at Lindau. From 2004, the participation of young Indian scientists at the meeting has been based on a co-operation agreement which includes sponsorship of the visit by the Lindau Committee.

In addition to this, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by DST and representatives of the Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau on the occasion of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s official visit to India in 2007. The Memorandum ensures that 25 exceptional young scientists from India will be able to attend the meetings of Nobel Laureates held annually in Lindau. The agreement is effective till the Interdisciplinary Meeting of Laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine or Physiology, to be held in 2010. Furthermore, sharing of lectures and podium discussions via satellite and the Internet by the Eurovision Network is also part of the agreement. This paves the way for the Noble Laureates Meeting in Lindau to reach out to young scientists at the outstanding research and scientific institutions in India, thus widening the circle of Lindau meetings.

Participation in the annual Lindau meetings gives young scientists access to a unique event that promotes international dialogue amongst the scientific elite. Together with around 500 other young researchers from over 60 countries, the young Indian researchers listen to lectures given by Nobel Laureates and hold discussions with them in small seminar groups or during the programme.

According to Federal Minister for Education and Research Annette Schavan, “this Meeting serves as an outstanding business card, presenting Germany as an attractive location for research and education - with great appeal worldwide.”

Thanking Lindau Council and DST for the wonderful experience, Roopa Rajan, an Indian participant at the Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2007 said “it was a fascinating experience academically to interact with the very people who have expanded the frontiers of knowledge in my field.”

Germany has produced 78 Nobel Prize winners to date, out of which 67 won the prize for services to natural sciences or medicine. Peter Grünberg (Physics) and Gerhard Ertl (Chemistry) were recent German winners of this pinnacle of scientific recognition in 2007.

The annual Meetings of Nobel Laureates in Lindau are organised by the Council for the Meetings of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, with the aim of setting up an international network of scientific excellence.



by Swati Sharma
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