Dr Jingyuan Xu, from the Reacting Flows group led by Professor Simone Hochgreb, will join a cohort of the most qualified young scientists from around the world at the prestigious 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany, in June 2019.
Never before have so many Nobel Laureates announced their participation in a Lindau Meeting on physics: from 30 June to 5 July 2019, 42 laureates will gather with 600 young scientists from around the world.
Once every year, around 30-40 Nobel Laureates convene in Lindau to meet the next generation of outstanding young scientists (up to 35 years of age): 600 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doctoral researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines.
This year, the meeting will be dedicated to physics, with key topics on cosmology, laser physics and gravitational waves.
More than 130 academic partners worldwide – academies, universities and foundations – nominated the candidates for participation after internal application procedures. Dr Xu was nominated by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Applicants are then assessed on the academic ability, motivation, letters of recommendation and extra-curricular activities in a multi-stage process.
Dr Xu said: “I was very fascinated with this precious chance, and eager to discuss and communicate with Nobel Prize winners. What are their common characteristics? How they can reach such brilliant achievements? What internal and external factors led them to get a Nobel award? I believe I will get significant insights through contact with Nobel Prize winners as well as other young scientists during the meeting.”
Besides attending the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Dr Xu has also been invited to the Baden-Württemberg International Post Conference Programme. Baden-Württemberg International has a worldwide reputation as a centre of excellence for research, and only 18 people are invited to its programme. During the programme, Dr Xu will be offered a six-day-programme with visits to German universities and research institutions in the field of physics.
Professor Hochgreb's group investigate problems in energy conversion and reacting flows, with the aim of maximising efficiency and minimising harmful pollutant emissions. The main theme is to understand the physics of reacting flows in energy conversion devices, and the trade-offs in stability, efficiency and emissions.