Young LiU PhD students in noble company

At the end of June, more than 600 young researchers and 40 Nobel laureates from around the world were invited to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Present in Germany were two LiU PhD students who had the experience of their lives.

Two people standing on a balcony in Lindau. Damon Frampton and Lotta Velin enjoyed Lindau and the beautiful setting of Lake Constance.

Young and promising researchers from 100 countries gathered in the town of Lindau on the banks of Lake Constance in southern Germany. For six days, the young talents were given the opportunity to talk to previous Nobel laureates, listen to lectures, participate in discussions and network with other young researchers in physiology/medicine.

New questions

Personer som står tillsammans för en gruppbild under nobelkonferensen i Lindau.Networking and mingling with new acquaintances is at least as important at a conference. The two PhD students come from the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences (BKV). Damon Frampton, PhD student in Sara Liin's research group, conducts research on ion channels and electrophysiology. He saw the interactive elements of the conference as the most rewarding.

“I really liked the more interactive sessions, especially ´Open Exchanges`, where just young researchers and Nobel laureates sat in a room and had lively and fascinating discussions. There were lots of interesting discussions about science and diplomacy. For example, how to work to strengthen scientific links between countries to reduce the risk of conflict.”

Lotta Velin, PhD student at the Centre for Teaching & Research in Disaster Medicine and Traumatology (KMC), conducts research in global health. She got to reflect on questions that she would not normally consider.

“I think the best thing about the conference was the opportunity to reflect on wider issues related to one’s research career. What kind of researcher do I want to be? How can you be a responsible researcher? How can we approach major social issues as researchers? Through various seminars and Q&A sessions with Nobel laureates, as well as in discussions with other young researchers with different backgrounds and research interests, there was plenty of room for reflection on these important topics that I would otherwise not stop to think about.”

Having fun

What have you taken home to Sweden?

“It’s hard to put it into words, but I feel much healthier in some way. Intellectually refreshed, if you can say that. I feel a new motivation and a new drive. I know what I want, and I feel ready to take the steps to get there,” says Damon Frampton.

Lotta Velin agrees and adds:

“I’m taking home many new ideas and lots of wise advice! One specific piece of advice that I’ve taken with me is the importance of having fun as a researcher. It became clear during the week that there is not a ´right way` to approach research, but all the Nobel laureates shared a great passion for what they do and have let this guide them throughout their careers.”

What three words best describe what you have experienced in Lindau?

“Their slogan: ´Educate. Inspire. Connect.`It's quite fitting,” says Damon Frampton.

“Drive, playfulness, openness. I think these are key words that permeated the view of research during the week,” says Lotta Velin.

About the conference

The Nobel conference, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, is an annual scientific conference held in Lindau, Germany, since 1951. The aim is to bring together Nobel laureates and young researchers to promote scientific exchange between different generations, cultures and disciplines. You can read more about the event on their website:

The LiU PhD students

Ten photos from Lindau

72nd Lindau Meeting

Have a look at some photos from PhD students Damon Frampton and Lotta Velin’s participation at the Nobel Laureate Meeting, which took place June 25-30, 2023.

Most of the photos were taken by the PhD students themselves.

People standing together for a group photo during the Nobel conference in Lindau.
Networking and mingling with new acquaintances is at least as important at a conference.
A person is giving a talk in front of a large audience.
Emmanuelle Charpentier gave a talk during the conference. She is a French researcher in microbiology and biochemistry, and she was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Jennifer Doudna. This was the first science Nobel Prize ever won by two women only.
Person gives a talk in front of a large crowd.
Bert Sakmann, German cell physiologist, gave a talk. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Erwin Neher in 1991 for their work on "the function of single ion channels in cells," and the invention of the patch clamp.
People dancing in front of a live band.
Live music was also performed during the Nobel conference.
Nobel Prize laureates' names in metal silhouette.
A memorable walk over Nobelpreisträger-Steg (Nobel Laureate Bridge) in Lindau. A lakeside footbridge that records Nobel Prize laureates' names in metal silhouette.
The Old Town Hall in Lindau. Better known as Altes Rathaus - Lindau am Bodensee.
One must also make time for sightseeing. Here we see the Old Town Hall in Lindau. Better known as Altes Rathaus - Lindau am Bodensee.
Three people in front of Lake Constance.
Few places beat Lake Constance as a backdrop when it comes to taking a group photo with friends. In the middle we see LiU PhD student Lotta Velin.
Beautiful nature view over Lake Constance in Lindau.
Beautiful nature view over Lake Constance in Lindau. The lake is situated where Germany, Switzerland, and Austria meet.
The Bavarian lion on the left and the lighthouse on the right at the harbor entrance in Lindau.
The Bavarian lion on the left and the lighthouse on the right at the harbor entrance in Lindau.
Bushes cut into the shape of ducks.
Den sista dagen av nobelkonferensen bjöds det på en båttur till Mainau Island, även känd som "blomsterön".

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