Convening With Nobel Laureates

Headshot of Zachary SmithGraduate student Zachary Smith has been selected to attend the 63rd Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which brings together the world’s top graduate students and Nobel Laureates.

Zachary Smith, a ChE graduate student in Professor Benny Freeman‘s group, was among 73 of the nation’s top graduate student researchers that were invited to attend the prestigious meeting in Lindau, Germany, from June 30 to July 5.

Nearly 550 young researchers from 78 countries will attend the weeklong meeting dedicated to chemistry this year. The U.S. Department of Energy, Mars Inc., the National Science Foundation and ORAU sponsored this year’s group of students.

“I am proud to represent The University of Texas at Austin as a U.S. delegate to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting,” Smith said. “This conference gives me an opportunity to meet with and learn from the most influential researchers in the field of chemistry.”

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates have annually convened in Lindau to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers from around the world. Laureates and students exchange ideas, discuss projects and build international networks throughout the week. All attendees must pass through a competitive application and selection process managed by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

“The Lindau meetings are extremely important to pass the torch, and excite the next generations of scientists,” stated Dimitri V. Nanopoulos of Texas A&M University. “We should all help to be always first class and keep the impact on our youth intact.”

Throughout the week, the 35 participating Laureates will lecture in the mornings on the topic of their choice related to chemistry and participate in smaller question and answer sessions in the afternoons. Students will also interact with the Laureates and other international students during the week for more informal discussions. This year, with the addition of science master classes, a select few researchers will have the opportunity to present their research to a Nobel Laureate and a small group of their peers.

For more information regarding the 63rd Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students, visit the ORAU–Lindau website. The ORAU-Lindau website and all logistical arrangements for the participants are being administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, a DOE institute managed by ORAU.



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