My impression of the 60th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates, as told in my last post, doesn’t really give you a feel for the meeting in general. As I was busy working on the newspaper this year, I didn’t really get to experience the meeting as much as I had hoped. So, I’ve been learning about the meeting from the press coverage. I thought I’d share my favorite articles with you too.

This year, we had a website sponsored by Nature and Spektrum der Wissenschaft (Scientific American‘s German language edition) that served as our blog and social media aggregator. Here are some of my favorite posts:

  • An interview with Ada Yonath, 2009 Nobel Laureate in chemistry. I enjoyed her perspective on being a mother and a scientist. When asked to comment on the conflict between being a mother and a scientist, she replied “Society thinks there’s a problem.”
  • A summary of the panel discussion titled On Being a Scientist. (Watch the discussion here until July 31, 2010. Sometime during the next year, this video will be moved to the mediatheque on the Lindau Meeting website.) Four Laureates shared their experiences at the bench on their path to the Nobel Prize.
  • A summary of Oliver Smithies’s talk. He clearly loves playing around in lab…and I’m impressed that he is still doing research at 85 years old!
  • One of the highlights of the Lindau experience is the honest discussions between Laureates and students that unfold in the relaxed atmosphere of the meeting. Akshat Rathi attended an small invited dinner and did a great job describing the experience.
  • For typical advice that Laureates give to the young researchers during their lectures, read Lou Woodley’s post.
  • I met Jamie Hall, a graduate student in parasitology in Glasgow, Scotland, during a dinner. Together with a friend, he produced a comic about parasites, which they handed out during a parade in Scotland. I loved his approach to science communication! He wrote about the comic here.
  • Ashutosh Jogalekar, a graduate student and blogger from the 59th meeting, did a wonderful job explaining the magic of Lindau, both the meeting and the island.

We gave handheld video cameras to 7 young researchers so they could document their experiences during the meeting. View their video diaries on our YouTube channel.

  • Lila Warszawski and Duncan Mortimer, both from Australia, showed us the fun side of the meeting.
  • Diana Martínez Llinàs, from Spain, talked to young researchers and Nobel Laureates to find out how they got into science.
  • Emmanuel Unuabonah, from Africa, talked to anyone he could find. I was impressed that he even got Dr. Shimomura, who is normally quite reclusive, to talk to the camera!

Here’s a collection of articles about the meeting from other blogs on the web. My favorite articles are from John Timmer who writes for Ars Technica.

  • Many young researchers clearly idolize the Nobel Laureates. Timmer’s comparison of two Laureates reminds us to carefully evaluate information for ourselves, even if it comes from a Nobel Laureate.
  • Robert Laughlin, 1998 Laureate in physics, spoke about his latest book (soon to be released), When Coal is Gone. Timmer and Mariette DiChristina, editor of Scientific American, wrote summaries of his talk.

Videos of lectures and panel discussions will be available here until the end of July. Over the next year, these videos will be moved to the mediatheque on the Lindau Meeting website.

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