Five young South African scientists nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) are attending the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany.
The annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is designed as a forum for young scientists from all over the world to have an in-depth exchange with Nobel Laureates.
The South Africans are among 400 young scientists from 76 countries selected to participate in this year’s 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany, from June 25 – 30, 2017. The successful young scientists are: Dr. Hlamulo Makelane, University of the Western Cape; Frederick Malan, University of Pretoria; Funeka Nkosi, University of the Witwatersrand; Retha Peach, North-West University, and Dr. Mark Williams-Wynn, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
German Minister Johanna Wanka represented Germany at the inauguration on June 25 – the German Ministry of Education and Research is among the biggest supporters of the Lindau Meetings.
In her address, the minister highlighted the special character of the meeting: “Above all, the discussions and the exchange between the generations – the laureates, the young researchers and students from many countries of the world – are what make this event unique,” said Wanka. She further stressed: “We need bright minds that foster advancement. That’s why we put special emphasis on strengthening science in Germany.”
ASSAF Executive Officer, Prof. Roseanne Diab, said that “ASSAf is mindful of its responsibility towards nurturing young scientists and that the Lindau Nobel Laureate programme presents a unique opportunity for young scientists to meet and interact with Nobel Laureates”.
ASSAf was recognised by the Lindau Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology as academic partner of the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meetings. Deserving young scientists are annually nominated to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings which are designed as a forum for young scientists from all over the world to have an in-depth exchange with Nobel Laureates.
About the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting has been bringing together Nobel Prize laureates and excellent young scientists from all over the world and manifold disciplines since 1951. To participate, young students, doctorates or post-doctorates must be under the age of 35 and successfully go through a multi-level application process. They are seen to represent the future generation of leading scientists and researchers and become part of an alumni community that functions as an excellence network after the Lindau Meeting.