UCF student invited to Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings

UCF Physics student Casey Schwarz recently attended the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau on Lake Constance, in the very south of Bavaria, Germany.

More than 25 Nobel Laureates and 580 young researchers from all over the world met at Lindau to exchange ideas, discuss projects and build international networks.

The special character of the Lindau Meetings is shaped by the fact that the Nobel Laureates can freely choose the topics of their lectures, which range from retrospective to current cutting-edge. The Laureates hold these lectures in the mornings during the conference. The afternoons are reserved for discussions between themselves and the young scientists. During other events on the social programme, the Laureates willingly talk about their own work and current scientific topics.

“I’m excited  bring some notoriety to our department,” Schwarz said. “I get to promote what was once a little program, but is now very successful.”

Schwarz was also tasked with creating a short video explaining what she thinks are the responsibilities of scientists in society. She is the only representative from the United States that was asked to create a video.

Schwarz interviewed Dr. Talat Shahnaz Rahman, UCF Physics Chair and the person who nominated her for the Lindau meetings and Dr. Elena Flitsiyan, UCF Physics Lecturer for her video and also incorporated her thoughts on physics and science.

“Im really proud of how much our program has grown, the people we’ve gotten in here and the outreach we have done,” Schwarz said.

“I’m hoping to meet a lot of the Nobel Laureates and hear their perspective on what they’ve had to go through and accept along the way,” Schwarz told us before she left for the Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings. She will be writing a guest blog piece next week sharing what she learned and liked most about the prestigious conference.


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