42 young scientists from 14 African countries will participate in the 2019 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Since 1951, this event has provided scientists the opportunity to network with one another as well as Nobel laureates.

The selected young scientists are outstanding undergraduates, PhD students and post-doctorates under the age of 35, conducting research in the field of physics. They will have successfully passed a multi-stage international selection process. About 140 science academies, universities, foundations and research-oriented companies contributed to this year’s nominations.

“Considering the excellent group of applicants, the selection proved to be very challenging. The percentage of women among the participants is 34%, which is good by international standards, considering that in physics men are still clearly in the majority,” says Rainer Blatt, a member of the Council and one of two Scientific Chairmen for this year’s meeting.

Among the 42 participating laureates are the 2018 Nobel laureates in Physics, Donna Strickland and Gérard Mourou, as well as eight others. South Africa is this year’s host nation, and will “present itself as a research nation”, according to a statement.

Several of the young scientists will have the opportunity to present their own research to the Nobel Laureates. The Agora Talks segment of the event will allow one laureate to engage with the audience, while Science Walks will allow one Nobel Laureate and ten young scientists to have informal discussions during a walk in Lindau and the surrounding area.

For the first time, Mozambique and the Dominican Republic will be represented at the event. This is in addition to major research nations such as the US, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Israel.

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