Four young Mexican scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Complutense University of Madrid participated in the Lindau Nobel Prize Meeting, which takes place in Germany.
Silvana Bazúa Valenti, Mauricio Ostrosky Frid and Enrique Soto Pérez de Celis, belonging to the UNAM, and Noé Rodríguez Rodríguez, are part of the Complutense University of Madrid.
The presence of Mexican researchers is the result of a collaboration agreement between the Mexican Academy of Sciences (AMC) and the German Lindau Foundation, which holds the Lindau Nobel Prize Meetings.
At the meetings, which will be held in the old part of the city of the state of Bavaria, 43 Nobel Laureates and 600 young scientists from 84 countries will live together for a week, the AMC said in a statement.
Attendees include the most recent Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Michael Rosbash and Michael Young, renowned for their research on the biological clock.
This year, the meeting is dedicated to the areas of physiology and medicine, with emphasis placed on the role of science in the “post-truth era”, research on the biological clock, genetic engineering, as well as good practices in Scientific Publications.
The president of the Lindau Nobel Laureate, Countess Bettina Bernadotte emphasised the attendance of the president of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, José Luis Morán, remembering that Mexico was the host country of the activities scheduled for the International Day in 2017, an honour that this year corresponds to China.
“I find it extraordinary that we will bring together more than 80 nations in Lindau and that by doing so we can not only enjoy an intensive intergenerational exchange, but also a crossing between borders,” said Countess Bernadotte.
She stressed that this edition “is particularly gratifying because 50 percent of the young scientists involved are women.”
She also called on scientists to stop spreading false information through clear communication and participating in an open dialogue with society.
“We have to emphasize the value of science as a reliable anchor in a turbulent world. The goal should be to bring this value to the general public, as well as those responsible for political decision-making, “he said.
For her part, the new Minister of Education and Research of Germany, Anja Karliczek, representative of the federal government, asked scientists to intensify and refine their efforts in an era of post-truth practices.
“Especially in these times of simplistic responses and false reports, where it is necessary to clearly hear the voice of science.” She underlined that the award winners and young researchers are ambassadors of knowledge.
The opening was attended by representatives from various areas – science, business and politics – as well as national and international scientific academies, including the presidents of the academies of South Africa, Mexico, Norway and the National Academy of Sciences of Germany (Leopoldina).
Since its foundation in 1951, these meetings have served to promote exchange, networking and inspiration.
According to the organizers of this edition, in the area of medicine two records were broken: the largest participation ever recorded of Nobel Prize winners, as well as the most international participants from many countries.