Over the course of three years, the Lindau Guidelines were discussed among young scientists and Nobel Laureates many times, until the final version was published in late 2020. And this will not be the end. The discussion continues, and the Guidelines will be added to and adapted in future years.

Elizabeth Blackburn, initiator of the LIndau Guidelines on the island Mainau during closing day of the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, discussing with young scientists

The Idea

The Lindau Guidelines 2020 are based on an initiative first introduced by Elizabeth Blackburn during the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting held in Lindau, Germany, in June 2018. During her keynote lecture, the 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine introduced her idea of the Lindau Guidelines.

This initiative was met with very positive feedback from the audience, and was discussed widely during the remainder of the meeting. Based on this, Elizabeth Blackburn and the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings started to explore what such a project would encompass and how to bring it to fruition.

2018 - 2020


After the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2018, a virtual discussion about the Lindau Guidelines started, aiming to define ten goals until 2020.

From the end of June 2019 until the beginning of 2020, the original “Lindau Declaration” draft was open for general discussion in an online discussion space. Many comments and one entirely new idea have been integrated in the new Guideline texts.

The Lindau Online Science Days 2020 marked the final discussion about the ten goals that build the Lindau Guidelines.


Lindau Online Science Days

As part of the Lindau Online Science Days 2020, two sessions were dedicated to the Lindau Guidelines: Three project groups presented their results concerning this topic. One week before, they had participated in the Online Sciathon and had been selected as finalists.

A debate about the Lindau Guidelines during the final day of the Science Days stressed the importance of the goals for science and research. The Nobel Laureates Elizabeth Blackburn, Martin Chalfie and William E. Moerner discussed with the Lindau Alumni Liubov Poshyvailo and Tanmoy Laskar how the Guidelines will help to create a more sustainable scientific world in the future.


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The presentation of the Lindau Guidelines will be an integral part of the programme. You will soon be able to sign the Lindau Guidelines at your leisure and commit yourself to global, sustainable science.


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