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Starting in 1951, now 20 - 30 Nobel Prize winners each year accept the invitation by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings to a unique weeklong meeting in Lindau on Lake Constance at the end of June – beginning of July. Some 400 – 700 students and young researchers come from all over the world to listen to the Laureate’s lectures and to engage in discussions with them in an open and informal setting. Representatives from universities and academic institutions select participants based on strict criteria provided by the Council. The meetings provide all participants with exceptional opportunities to take part in valuable scientific and personal contacts, irrespective of and beyond national and cultural boundaries.
 
     
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The Lindau meetings usually cover, in turn at intervals of three years, the three natural science disciplines of the Nobel Prize: physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine. In certain years, as in 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015, all three disciplines come together. The Laureates give presentations on topics of their choice. In addition, panel discussions address interdisciplinary questions which are challenges for science and society. Specially organized discussions have the young participants gather around one Laureate per group for several hours in the afternoons. There are several social events for bridging gaps between the Nobel Laureates and the scientific newcomers. The meetings end on Friday, when all participants take a cruise across Lake Constance to the Isle of Mainau with ample opportunities for further informal personal contacts. The Farewell ceremony is in the courtyard of Main Castle, home of the Count Bernadotte family. The first meeting for laureates in Economic Sciences was in 2004.