Having obtained a PhD degree from the University of Cambridge, currently I am continuing my studies as a postdoctoral fellow at the Mouse Biology Unit of European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Italy. This summer, generous support from the Biochemical Society enabled me to take a unique opportunity to participate in 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany. Together with 650 fellow young scientists I was able to meet 65 Nobel Laureates in person and discuss their and our research, life paths and career choices.
The interdisciplinary nature of this year‘s Meeting gave an extra impulse for discussions of the current state and future directions of frontier research in life sciences, chemistry and physics. Furthermore, talks from Wole Soyinka (1986 Nobel Prize in Literature) and Kailash Satyarthi (2014 Nobel Peace Prize) extended the Meeting to an extra dimension and provoked the dialogue on our role in ensuring that all members of society have access to education, ways to develop critical thinking and creatively express themselves.
The afternoon discussions provided me with an opportunity to directly interact with the Laureates and presented me with insights into their thinking and how they challenge established scientific concepts. In particular, I was interested to hear how the Laureates choose a particular scientific problem to investigate, how their research interests evolved over the years, and what they identify as a key of success.
Last but not least, I enjoyed discussions with other young scientists and established multiple international contacts that will support my current and future studies both at the conceptual level and through innovative technologies. Lindau Meeting encouraged me for independent thinking, inspired me to take a fresh look at my research, and enriched it with new ideas that I came across during the week in Lindau.