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64th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau 2014


64th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, dedicated to physiology or medicine
29 June – 4 July 2014

More information on the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.


Austrailan International Day 2014 brochureThe inspiring Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, held annually in Germany since 1951, introduce Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, physiology, medicine and physics to younger generations of scientists. From 2004 the Academy has supported an annual delegation of young Australian researchers, accompanied by a member of the Academy's Council. Since 2013, the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) has provided SIEF-AAS Fellowships for up to 10 Australian-based early career scientists in specialist discipline years, and up to 15 in multidisciplinary years.

The 64th meeting of Nobel Laureates from 29 June to 4 July in the German city of Lindau focused on physiology and medicine. The meeting was attended by 37 Laureates and more than 600 young researchers who were selected on a competitive basis from approximately 20,000 applicants worldwide. Nobel Laureates Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, Professor Brian Schmidt and Professor Barry Marshall represented Australia.

Australian science, innovation, technology, education, food and wine were on show during the 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting as, for the first time, Australia hosted the International Day. The meeting attracted local media interest from The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Border Mail and a number of other online outlets. Watch the ABC's Science Show segment on the meeting or participant Kirsty Short's interview with Nature.

The International Day began with a science breakfast that featured a panel discussion on women in science. The panellists included Professor Blackburn and Professor Schmidt, the Academy’s Immediate Past President Professor Suzanne Cory and the inaugural winner of the Academy’s Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science, Professor Emma Johnston. Each shared their own experiences and views on the subject, with the panel being moderated by the Ambassador for Science and Mathematics at The University of Sydney, Adam Spencer.

Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment, welcomed everyone at the evening International Get Together. He was followed by a uniquely Australian musical performance by recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey and harpist Marshall McGuire, with Professor Johnston then explaining to the audience why she has the best job in the world—as a marine biologist in Australia.

Professor Schmidt, who is also a vigneron, made sure that top quality Australian wines—all made by Australian scientists—were on offer throughout the night.

Another of Australia’s Nobel Laureates, Professor Peter Doherty, was not able to attend but appeared in a short video during the evening program. A copy of Professor Doherty’s book, ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize’, was given to each of the 1,000 guests. Professor Marshall even grabbed a copy!

The International Day was just one day of a week-long program that makes up the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. These meetings give young researchers the opportunity to interact with their scientific heroes, exchange ideas, gain exposure to areas in their chosen disciplines and establish new contacts and networks with their peers. Professor Cory and Professor Jerry Adams led a delegation of 15 outstanding young Australian scientists, all in the fields of physiology or medicine. The 2014 delegation of young scientists were:

  • Michael Bergin—The University of Queensland
  • Nady Braidy—The University of New South Wales
  • Melissa Cantley—The University of Adelaide
  • Ross Hamilton—CSIRO
  • Rae-Anne Hardie—Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Sarah Lockie—Monash University
  • Yi Lu—QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Maria Markoulli—The University of New South Wales
  • Hannah Moore—The University of Western Australia
  • Kate Murphy—The University of Melbourne
  • Rebecca Segrave—Monash University
  • Kirsty Short—The University of Queensland
  • Angela Spence—The University of Western Australia
  • Sónia Troeira Henriques—The University of Queensland
  • Catriona Wimberley—Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

 

Attending Lindau has reignited my passion for science…[It] brought my perspective back to the thrill of new discovery and the pursuit of science for the benefit of mankind. It has given me a sense of limitless possibility and the confidence to approach anyone (even a Nobel Laureate) that might be able to help me on my way.

- Rebecca Segrave, Monash University

 

The International Day and the attendance of the young Australian scientists were made possible with the support and sponsorship of:

  • Department of Industry
  • Group of Eight Australia
  • Austrade
  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • Department of Education
  • CSIRO
  • Science and Industry Endowment Fund
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation.