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Queen Mary academics selected to attend esteemed Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Two Postdoctoral Research Fellows at Queen Mary University of London, have been selected to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany.

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Credit: Ch. Flemming/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
Credit: Ch. Flemming/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Since their founding in 1951, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have served to promote exchange, networking and inspiration. This year, a total of 600 outstanding students, doctoral candidates and post-docs under the age of 35 will journey to Lake Constance in Southern Germany from 24 to 29 June, alongside 42 Nobel Laureates in Physiology and Medicine

Through lectures, discussions and master classes, the aim of the meetings is to foster the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience between and among Nobel Laureates and the next generation of young scientists.

‘An honour to be nominated’

Dr Ruairi Robertson joined Queen Mary in 2017 as a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queen Mary’s Blizard Institute. His research examines the role of gut bacteria in early-life growth and development, particularly in malnutrition.

Dr Robertson said he is honoured to be nominated by Queen Mary and the Royal Society to attend such a prestigious event: “This meeting will be a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with the most eminent and highly-acclaimed researchers in the world and with many of the most promising young researchers in the fields of physiology and medicine.

“I hope that by interacting with and learning from previous Nobel Prize winners and other young researchers, I will bring back new ideas and skills to apply to my research at Queen Mary.”

'Introduction to pioneers' 

Stefaan W. Verbruggen is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow in the School of Engineering and Materials Science. Mr Verbruggen is based at both Columbia University in New York and Queen Mary, his research explores how cancer metastasises to bone.

Mr Verbruggen said: "I am thrilled to be nominated by the European Commission to join other young researchers at this unique meeting. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will provide an excellent introduction to pioneers in the international biomedical research community. I also look forward to interacting with many outstanding young researchers, which will hopefully lead to future collaborations and cross-pollination of ideas from different areas of medical research."

Diverse field of participants

More than 130 academic partners worldwide – academics, universities and foundations – nominated the candidates for participation.

With 84 countries of origin this year, the field of participants has never been so diverse. Countess Bernadotte, President of the Council of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings said: “This summer we will once again welcome the next generation of top researchers. I find it remarkable that we will bring together more than 80 nations in Lindau and in so doing will not only be able to enjoy an intensive exchange between generation but also one that crosses national boundaries.”

More information

  • Find out more about studying Medicine MBBS at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.


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