Read below as Eric Davis (CBE PhD ’13) shares his experience attending the Meeting of the Nobel Laureates! Eric was able to attend after receiving the Lindau Award, which provides a unique opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. Recipients attend the one-week conference featuring lectures, small group discussion, and social events with the Laureates and top science doctoral students from around the world.
If asked to summarize my experience during Nobel Laureates week in Lindau, Germany, only one thing keeps coming to my mind, simply amazing. A weeklong immersion in science with the most brilliant minds in the physics community, held on the beautiful, historic island of Lindau on Lake Constance, it was an experience of a lifetime. The best part of my experience in Lindau was the chance to interact with Nobel Laureates and students from around the world outside of the conference setting through daily lunches and nightly dinners and cultural events. There was a good balance of science during the day and events at night to experience the food and cultures of not only Germany and Bavaria, but also other host countries such as Singapore, where the president of Singapore was present. It was a great experience to meet some of these Laureates in person and not just watch them on the stage in the Grand Hall. You can always find a scientist’s paper and read about the work that won them a Nobel Prize, but it is an entirely different opportunity to ask them first hand how they think, not just about their scientific pursuits but also about research you may be doing at the time. The conference gave us the chance to participate in smaller, classroom style question and answer sessions with the Laureates, which at times could be as small as 10 or 15 students. I also had a wonderful time at the end of the conference when all of the Laureates and students took a boat across the lake to the island of Mainau where the host family lives. The island itself is a botanical garden with many exotic flowers and great landscape views of Lake Constance and the surrounding countryside. I again come back to just simply amazing. I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given and will forever remember all of my experiences in Lindau.
This year’s meeting (to be held June 30-July 5, 2013) will be focused on Chemistry and Chemistry-related fields, and Drexel has again been invited to nominate students. The campus deadline for nomination is Nov 27. Email Rona Buchalter, Director of the Fellowships Office, for more info.