Eight rising stars of Australian science have been selected by the Australian Academy of Science and the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings to attend a highly prestigious annual gathering of Nobel Laureates and promising young scientists from around the world.
The Australian delegation will join 592 other scientists, all under the age of 35, to present their medical research to Nobel Laureates and their colleagues, exchange ideas and share experiences with other young researchers.
The PhD students and postdoctoral researchers selected to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany, from 24-29 June 2018, are:
According to the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, this year’s meeting will set two records: 43 Nobel Laureates will take part, the most ever at a medicine meeting, while 84 countries are sending their best young scientists to the meeting. Fifty percent of the young scientists attending this year are women.
Academy President Professor Andrew Holmes said the Lindau meetings are globally recognised for providing inspirational role models to young researchers.
“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 Holmes said.
PhD student Andrew White from the University of Queensland attended the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. He was impressed by the message from several Laureates about the importance of basic research.
“They all mentioned that when they first made their discoveries their papers were not accepted by the scientific community for some time, and were sometimes even ridiculed by other scientists because their discovery were against the norm. In order to make their ground-breaking discoveries they needed to focus on research areas that people perceive as impossible or too difficult to do,” Mr White said.
The group will also take part in a post-meeting study tour, led by renowned Australian scientist and Academy Fellow, Professor Jennifer Martin.
Successful candidates receive a grant towards the cost of airfares, participation in the meeting and the study tour, made possible thanks to the generous support of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF).
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