Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2017 – 2 young researchers from Luxembourg among selected candidates

The FNR is pleased to announce that 2 young promising researchers from Luxembourg are among the 400 young scientists selected by the Lindau Selection Committee to attend the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The 2017 Meeting, dedicated to chemistry, takes place from 26 June – 1 July in Lindau, Germany.  

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings take place every year since 1951 and are designed as a forum for exchange, networking and inspiration. In Lindau, excellent young researchers meet the most acclaimed scientists of their field.

The young scientists selected for 2017 are outstanding undergraduate students, graduate students and post-docs under the age of 35, conducting research in the field of chemistry. They have successfully passed a multi-stage international selection process. 155 scientific institutes, universities, foundations and research-oriented companies contributed to the nominations. The proportion of women among the selected young scientists is 45 percent.

The 2 candidates from Luxembourg, who successfully passed a multi-step international selection process (incl. a pre-selection by the FNR), are:

Nina Hentzen, 2nd  year PhD in Chemistry in the group of Prof Helma Wennemers at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (also AFR beneficiary and featured in FNR 2017 Campaign ‘Spotlight on Young Researchers’)

Nina’s research focuses on the bottom-up design of synthetic collagen, aiming at developing chemical systems that mimic the fibrous structure of natural collagen for applications in material science and regenerative medicine.


Jean Haler, 3rd year PhD in Chemistry in the group of Prof Edwin De Pauw at the University of Liège, Belgium.

Jean uses native ion mobility-mass spectrometry to study the shapes of drug-polymer complexes in view of understanding the underlying physicochemical properties of drug delivery systems.



Their participation will be co-funded by the FNR.

About the 2017 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Besides molecular machines, the key topics of the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will include big data, climate change and the role of science in a “post-truth” era.

The selected young scientists may expect a six-day programme with numerous lectures and panel discussions. In addition to the scientific programme, the meeting offers many opportunities for the young scientists to socialise with the Nobel Laureates, and of course with each other, in a relaxed atmosphere.

So far, 31 chemistry Nobel Laureates have confirmed their participation in the 2017 Meeting. This includes Bernard Feringa and Jean-Pierre Sauvage, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016, together with Sir Fraser Stoddart, for the design of molecular machines.

Interviews with previous FNR-sponsored Lindau Meeting participants

Hossam Elanzeery (attended 2016 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting)

Charles de Bourcy (attended 2015 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting)

Gökhan Ertaylan (attended 2014 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting)

2018 Lindau Meeting

Next year’s Lindau Meeting will be dedicated to the field of Physiology/Medicine. The call for participation will be launched in Sept/October 2017.

More information

Visit the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting website

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