07 July, 2021
Each year, young scientists from around the world get the coveted opportunity to learn from Nobel laureates as part of the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Traditionally held in the small German town and island of Lindau, this year's 70th edition of the Lindau Meeting is taking place virtually, June 27-July 2, 2021, on account of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Begun in 1951, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings bring researchers and laureates together to discuss the latest developments in the Nobel Prize natural science disciplines: physiology and medicine, physics, and chemistry.
This year's theme, Interdisciplinarity, features the participation of 70 Nobel laureates and more than 600 young scientists engaged in a stimulating, interactive program. Attendees will still have the opportunity to be part of an in-person edition at Lake Constance in Lindau in 2022. The 2021 program will conclude, as in past meetings, with an online Sciathon, slated to take place in September.
The five young researchers from KAUST selected to attend this year's event span a range of academic achievements, from doctoral students to postdoctoral fellows to a faculty member. The participants are Ph.D. students Adair Gallo Jr. and Huafan Zhang; recent Ph.D. graduates and current postdocs Jan Kosco; and Ayan Zhumekenov (UC Berkeley); and newly-appointed KAUST Associate Professor Nazek El-Atab.