Aug. 10, 2017


BGU doctoral student Shiran Barber Zucker represented the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) at the annual Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting​ earlier this summer. This year's topic was chemistry.

Barber Zucker is pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Raz Zarivach of the Department of Life Sciences. She investigates atomic structures and their relationship to the function of proteins that maintain the homeostasis of different metals in the cells (the cation diffusion facilitator protein family).

Prof. Zarivach is a member of the EMBO Young Investigator Program (YIP) and was invited to nominate an outstanding student to participate in the meeting. The student had to have met certain criteria: top 10% of their class, excellent graduate record and outstanding research in chemistry. EMBO chose the best EMBO YIP nominated students and nominated them to Lindau acceptance committee on behalf of the organization.

The 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to chemistry was held at the end of June. 28 Nobel Laureates met 420 international young scientists from 78 countries on the banks of Lake Constance in Lindau Germany.  Once a year, around 30 Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: 400-500 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines. The scientific program of each Lindau Meeting is based on the principle of dialogue. The different sessions – lectures, discussions, master classes, and panel discussions – are designed to activate the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experience between and among Nobel Laureates and young scientists.

“The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is an extraordinary event; I was exposed to top-notch science and scientists and got to expand my scientific network significantly. This is a very inspiring environment and I would recommend applying to any of the Lindau Meetings to any young scientist who has the opportunity," says Barber Zucker.

The Meeting has been held once a year since 1951.