At this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, Clarivate Analytics contributes to scientific exchange among Nobel Laureates and outstanding young scientists in chemistry from over 70 countries.
Since the last Saturday in June, Dave Brown and I have been inspired and excited by the engaging conversations we have had with early-career researchers, Nobel Laureates, representatives of the leading firms in chemistry related industries, and heads of the world’s most prestigious academic societies and government research agencies. Our participation in this year’s 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (#LiNo17) was made possible through a newly announced collaboration with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings (see press release here).
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings transform the idyllic island city of Lindau, Germany, on the shore of Lake Constance, hosting well over 450 scientists and their guests for over a week of lectures by Nobel Laureates, small group discussions, and themed panel discussions on topics such as climate change, along with poster sessions, dinner programs, and entertainment. During this week, the outstanding young scientists get invaluable career advice from the leaders in their fields and have an opportunity to discuss the details of their research, hoping to overcome challenges and develop new lines of inquiry for the future.
On the day of our arrival, we participated in the 9th annual Innovation Forum, an afternoon of scientific seminars and engaging discussions with select Nobel Laureates and industry supporters of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The focus was on molecular imaging, and we heard about the latest research and applications of such imaging techniques as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), single molecule fluorescence imaging and electron microscopy.
At this meeting, I delivered a talk highlighting data and analytics from Web of Science and Derwent World Patent Index, which stimulated discussions with the industry participants that continued during coffee breaks, on bus rides to dinner and during drinks and dessert.
The scholarly exchange happening here is in perfect alignment with how we strive to support the research ecosystem and to accelerate the pace of innovation, so it’s not surprising that the participants we have been talking with are users of our researcher-centric products, like Web of Science, EndNote and ScholarOne.
To connect more deeply with the elite early-career researchers attending the meeting, our Scientific and Academic Research professional services team built a special interactive website to enable the meeting participants to analyze recent Research Fronts in chemistry. Many of the students and postdocs that I spoke with were intrigued by the two-page description that was included in their registration materials, and they planned to sign up to use the tool for their research.
One of my personal highlights of the meeting was attending Avram Hershko’s lecture about his life’s work explaining cellular control of protein destruction via the Ubiquitin pathway, for which he and his graduate student Aaron Ciechanover and their collaborator Irwin Rose received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2004.
As a graduate student, I studied the role of Ubiquitin in the regulation of cell surface receptors, and thus read all of Herskho’s papers on the subject. It was inspiring to hear the research that I knew described in the rich context of his career, and he finished his scientific talk with good advice for the young scientists in the room, including the importance of finding the right mentors, trying to be sure to keep research curiosity-driven, and never leaving benchwork, even after achieving success.
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings bring together today’s scientific greats with tomorrow’s emerging scientific stars. It’s been a great opportunity to participate in this year’s meeting, and I’m looking forward to more deeply engaging with the scientists, industry and government leaders here as we support them with our data and analytics in the months to come.