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Call for Nominations: The 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Chemistry)

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Call for Nominations: The 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Chemistry)

Lindau, Germany

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are scientific conferences that take place every year in Lindau, Germany. Nobel Laureates convene to meet with outstanding young scientists from all over the world. The aim is to foster interactions between scientists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. The meetings are based on the principle of dialogue and the different sessions are designed to activate the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience among the Nobel Laureates and young scientists.

The meetings rotate around the three Nobel Prize disciplines of Chemistry, Physics and Physiology and Medicine. An interdisciplinary meeting revolving around all three natural sciences is held every five years. In addition, the Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences is held every three years. More information on the meetings can be found at

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in partnership with the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings will support the participation of early career African scientists in the three Natural Science fields and Economics at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Young participants to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are recruited from among (1) undergraduate students, (2) masters and doctoral students and (3) young postdoctoral scientists in the three natural and economic sciences.

This call is an invitation to young African scientists in the fields of Chemistry and closely related disciplines to submit their interest in being nominated for the 71st Meeting of Nobel Laureates (chemistry). The AAS seeks to nominate candidates from all the five regions of the continent.

The AAS will identify excellent candidates through a competitive nomination and review process. Up to 20 candidates will be selected for each Lindau meeting. These young scientists represent the next generation of leading scientists and researchers. As alumni of the Lindau Meetings, former participants stay connected with each other and become ambassadors of the scientific dialogue fostered by the Lindau Meetings – they form a network of excellence.

The AAS will cover the cost of an economy return air ticket to Lindau and part of their registration fee while the balance of the registration fee, accommodation and meals will be covered by the Lindau Foundation. There will be further guidelines for those who are selected.

Please note that a nomination does not necessarily lead to an invitation to participate in the meeting. The organizing Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings will make the final decision.

Candidates should:

  • Show a genuine interest and engagement in science and research,
  • Show excellence in their principle field of studies, i.e., in the Chemical sciences and related disciplines
  • Receive very strong support of their application by their academic advisor and /or from internationally renowned scientist, who knows the applicant well; a detailed letter of recommendation is indispensable for the application,
  • Deliver a comprehensive CV together with their application
  • Be fluent in English and prepared to actively participate in discussions with laureates and young scientists
  • Belong to the top five percent of their class,
  • Normally not have a permanent position as this is a criterion for exclusion except in special cases,
  • Not be older than 35 years of age at the date of the meeting with exceptions for special cases (e.g.  maternity leave)
  • Not have participated on-site in a previous Lindau Meeting,
  • Deliver fully completed applications in their online profiles on or before the deadline 4th November 2021 (responsibility of the nominated individual; incomplete applications will not be considered) and
  • Commit themselves to being present in Lindau for the full duration of the meeting

Note that:

1. Undergraduate students should

  • Exhibit a solid general knowledge in sciences and
  • Have done practical work and/or have laboratory experience.

2. Master and doctoral students should

  • Show excellent academic accomplishments and
  • Have already produced excellent research work e.g. documented by publications, conference presentations and/or research awards/prizes.

3. Postdoctoral scientists should

  • Have up to five years of postdoctoral experience (optimum about 2-3 years after the doctoral degree),
  • Have published excellent results, preferably of own scientific research in refereed journals and as first or last and/or corresponding author and
  • Have presented their work at international scientific meetings, preferably as (invited) lecturers

Applications are made on the AAS Ishango Online System. Please follow the instructions below.

Applications must be received on or before 4th November 2021 and there will be no deadline extension.

  1. Follow this link to get to the AAS Ishango Online System
  2. Register as a new user if you have not used the system before. If you have used the system before please proceed to step iv.
  3. The system will email you a temporary password.
  4. Follow the link again to access the system
  5. Go to existing user and log in with your password (first time users will be requested to replace their temporary password with one of their choice).
  6. Once you log in go to new grant application and go to click here
  7. Click on “Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings”
  8. Select 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Chemistry) and click on apply to begin filling in the online form.
  9. Once you have provided all the required information, please validate and submit the form.