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The 61st Annual Lindau Meeting: Inspiration for Science's Next Generation

More than 20 Nobel laureates and about 550 young researchers from 77 countries met at Germany's Lindau Island on Lake Constance from June 26 to July 1 to discuss the future of science and innovative thinking

  • September 15, 2011

Laureate urges next generation to address population control as central issue

LINDAU, Germany—A 93-year-old Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine received a standing ovation from hundreds of scientists on June 30 at the end of a speech in which he urged the world's young people to take measures to control runaway population growth in order to resolve related ills that have resulted from humans' remarkable evolutionary success as a species.

June 30, 2011 — Robin Lloyd

Laureate Says Big Answers May Lie in Accidental Lab Results

LINDAU, Germany—Drab details dominate most academic conferences, but here at the 61st Meeting of Nobel Laureates, the hundreds of young scientists in attendance want and get a lot more—including career tips and snappy anecdotes about the twists and turns of how science actually happens.

June 27, 2011 — Robin Lloyd

Lindau Nobel Meeting--The Future of Biomedicine

The future of medicine is contained in "The Four P's": Personalised, Predictive, Preventative, and Participatory. Aaron Ciechanover, speaking on a panel on the future of biomedicine at the Lindau meeting, explains: "We may have the ability to profile patients before they get sick, therefore we may have the ability to predict diseases - and also 'preventative' because if it's predictive we can also point out the risks.

June 30, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Nobelist Smithies Shares Thesis on Theses

At the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany, 2007 Nobelist Oliver Smithies told the assembled students about what he learned from his thesis project, which was never once cited. Steve Mirsky reports

June 27, 2011

Nobelist Kroto: What's the Evidence for What You Accept?

At the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany, 1996 laureate Harold Kroto told the assembled students that science as a way of evaluating what is true is, for him, its most important quality. Steve Mirsky reports

June 28, 2011

Message to Early-Career Scientists: Work to End Third World Diseases

LINDAU, Germany—There's a magazine ad for an expensive skin care product marketed by Christian Dior that claims to trade on aquaporins, the discovery of which by Peter Agre won him the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2003 (he shared it with Roderick MacKinnon).

June 28, 2011 — Robin Lloyd

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