Five early career researchers nominated by the GYA participated in the 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for Chemistry, held 26 June–1 July 2022. The meeting brought together on Lindau island on scenic Lake Constance around 30 Nobel Laureates and almost 500 young scientists from all over the world. The nominees enjoyed lectures from eminent Nobel laureates, panel discussion, science talks and inspiring discussions with the laureates and other early-career researchers (ECRs). After two years of online meetings, most of this year’s participants were able to experience personal encounter and exchange of ideas on site.
Luis A. Lanzetta López (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) describes his experience:
While just being a week long, the 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting left a lifelong impression both professionally and personally. Being surrounded by the top scientists of our time and exchanging views with them is possibly the most enriching experience a young researcher can have. It is also the participation of young scientists that made this meeting unique; their shared enthusiasm, will to collaborate and diversity showed me that science must stand as a common language for human understanding. From a scientific perspective, I was very surprised by the insights on molecular machines offered by Prof. Ben Feringa, offering huge potential in diverse applications such as artificial muscles, targeted drug activation and nanorobots. I would like to sincerely thank the Global Young Academy for their kind nomination and support to participate in this unique event.
Conrad Simoben Veranso (University of Buea), who participated online, remembers:
I would love to extend a heartfelt gratitude to the Global Young Academy (GYA) for nominating me to attend the 71st Nobel laureates meeting. It was a great opportunity and dream came true to be among the selected delegates to attend the 71st Nobel laureates meeting as an online participant (Due to COVID-19 travel related issues). The organization of the online platform was very simple and designed to give every online participant that feeling of belonging. Through the multiple online breakout rooms for socialization, I was able to meet and discuss with several young and inspired scientist about my research projects and the possibilities of collaborations or new connections.
Norshahirah Binti Mohamad Saidi (University of Malaya) says of the meeting:
I am so grateful to be one of the participants for the 71st Lindau Nobel Laureates. Thanks to Global Young Academy and the Hans und Wolfgang Schleussner-Stiftung for being part of this journey. It was a great experience I will treasure forever in my career path. I encourage other Young Scientists to attend this meeting as it would open our minds and build a network with other scientists worldwide. This Meeting will be a lasting memory.