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Texas A&M Signs Partnership Agreement With Nobel Laureate Organization

A&M leads the U.S. effort to bring Nobel Laureates and rising star scholars to the renowned Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.
By Brandon V. Webb, Texas A&M University Office of Provost Communications July 12, 2023

a photo of people sitting at a table during a ceremony to sign documents.
From left, Dr. Alan Sams, Texas A&M provost and vice president for academic affairs; Countess Bettina Bernadotte af Wisborg, president of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings; and Dr. Jürgen Kluge, chairman of the board of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, prepare to sign an agreement naming Texas A&M the lone U.S. university sponsor for the annual gathering of Nobel laureates and young scientists.

Texas A&M University Office of Provost Communications


Texas A&M University announces the establishment of a prestigious partnership with The Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. This esteemed collaboration elevates Texas A&M as the U.S. university provider of students for the annual world gathering that brings Nobel Laureates together with enterprising scientists.

Through lectures, small gatherings and informal conversations the Nobel Laureates seek to educate, inspire and connect with these students. It marks a significant milestone in Texas A&M’s pursuit of transformative education and academic excellence as a leader in scientific knowledge and innovation.

The four-year agreement names Texas A&M as the designated patron for 20 exceptional scientists per year — 10 will be Aggies — to attend the lectures, Agora talks and panel discussions that take place each year in Lindau, Germany. Texas A&M will select 10 students from other universities to participate in the meetings, travel to College Station to visit the Texas A&M campus, meet the members of their cohort and prepare for the symposium in Germany. The partnership also includes the participation of Texas A&M faculty as well as a representative from a research-driven company partner. Through these broader relationships, Texas A&M University will elevate its faculty and students as well as expand its network of collaborations and impact on the global stage.

“The unparalleled potential of sponsoring gifted students for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings is to inspire rising-star scientists to return to Texas A&M to pursue advanced degrees and consider serving the university in the future as faculty,” said Dr. Alan Sams, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The Office of the Provost is honored to partner with the Division of Research, Office for Faculty Affairs, the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study and University Distinguished Professor Joerg Steiner to make this exciting opportunity possible.”

Through this partnership, Texas A&M faculty members and students will have the opportunity to engage directly with Nobel laureates and fellow researchers during the renowned Lindau Meetings. Established in 1951, these events provide an international forum for intellectual exchange and collaboration and feature discussions, lectures and workshops that cover a wide range of scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine and economic sciences.

Last month, five graduate and professional students from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine, and the College of Arts and Sciences joined 40 Nobel Prize recipients and 577 fellow students and scholars from academic institutions representing 89 different countries for the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The focus of the annual Nobel Laureate Meetings rotates between physiology and medicine, physics and chemistry. This meeting this summer was dedicated to physiology and medicine.

“This agreement demonstrates Texas A&M University’s commitment to participating actively on the international stage,” said Dr. Jack G. Baldauf, vice president for research. “We look forward to enhancing the careers of our scientists, engineers and researchers as well as those of top scholars from across the United States. The Nobel Laureate Meetings will provide these students with unique opportunities to learn directly from the world’s greatest minds.”

Media contact: Robyn Blackmon, robynblackmon@tamu.eduLindau Nobel Laureate

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