Before attending the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, I was told by many that it was a “once-in-alifetime experience” not to be missed. Indeed it was!
Started in 1951, the Lindau meeting is an annual scientific conference held in the beautiful island of Lindau, south Germany, with the aim to foster scientific exchange across generations and cultures. This year’s meeting from 26 Jun to 1 Jul was dedicated to physics with around 30 Nobel laureates and over 400 selected international young scientists invited. I was privileged to be among them.
We had one week of eventful programmes including plenary lectures by Nobel laureates, panel discussions, master classes and scientific breakfasts. The topics discussed were wide-ranging, including the standard model, cosmology, quantum technology, biophysics and the future of science education. The Singapore delegates were honoured to meet guest of honour Dr Tony Tan, President of Singapore. Dr Tan encouraged us to get the best out of this prestigious meeting.
I was very inspired by the devotion and perseverance of the Nobel laureates. They were passionate to share their thoughts and experiences with everyone. Prof Hiroshi Amano, Nobel Prize winner for his invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, shared about how he failed time and again before succeeding in his pursuit in research. I was also thrilled to spot familiar faces like Prof Serge Haroche, a regular visitor and lecturer at CQT.
I am truly grateful for the Lindau experience. I like to encourage my physics juniors here by quoting from Prof Martin Karplus, “Very young children are curious and constantly trying to understand the world around them. But often their curiosity becomes stifled in school. Scientists are grown-ups who remain as curious about the world like when they were little children”. I hope we all maintain this sense of curiosity and passion in our life journey ahead.
Contributed by Dr Dai Jibo, a CQT postdoc and NUS physics alumnus.