Join the Lindau Nobel Online Community #lnlm13

20 June 2013 by Khalil A. Cassimally, posted in SciLogs

This is a guest post by Beatrice Lugger, Deputy Scientific Director of the National Institute for Science Communication, Germany, and coordinator of the Lindau Nobel Online Community blog since 2008.

Every year, for more than six decades, Nobel Laureates meet with young talented researchers at Lindau in Southern Germany. This year the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will be held from June 30 to July 5 and is dedicated to chemistry.

As many as 35 Nobel Laureates will attend the meeting—among them the likes of Brian Kobilka, Dan Shechtman, Serge Haroche and David Wineland. More than 600 young researchers from all over the world will also be in Lindau to learn from and discuss with the Laureates. These two generations of researchers will share their ideas and visions for today and the future. This year’s main topics—you can take a look at the programme here—include ‘green chemistry’, ‘chemical energy conversion and storage’, ‘drug discovery’ and ‘biochemical processes and structures’.

I have the pleasure to coordinate the blog and social media activities—all united on our Lindau Nobel Online Community page—for the sixth year. Nine brilliant bloggers plus myself will be reporting live during the meeting—some of us have already started blogging actually! You may know some of us from SciLogs aready (Akshat Rathi and Lars Fischer) or from Scientific American’s blog network (Ashutosh Jogalekar and Kathleen Raven). The bloggers will be blogging in three languages: English, Spanish and German.

How will we cover the meeting? We will interview Laureates AND attendees, seek some background stories and much more. We’ve actually already started writing about our expectations and preparations! We will also invite participants to blog with us as guest bloggers once the meeting kicks off.

You can interact with our coverage too! We invite you to interact with us by suggesting potential questions you’d like us to ask the Laureates or attendees—email me. You can also engage with us on Twitter, using the hashtag #lnlm13, Facebook and YouTube.

To give you an idea of the broad variety of stories we will feature this year, let me pick some of the blog post headlines from last year’s Lindau Meeting, which was all about physics:

  • Women in Physics
  • 6 Video Diarists
  • An expert always checks his own results
  • Science Mentoring
  • Do scientist need an equivalent to the Hippocratic Oath?
  • Cosmology opens the Lindau Meeting
  • Pros and Cons of building particle accelerators
  • Prospects for the Higgs Boson Discovery

Enough to make you curious about this year’s Lindau happenings? Comments and interactions are welcome! Let’s have a nice and inspiring meeting.

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