Science is a tool, a common language that lets us look differently at problems: “The idea is to look at it together,” summarized Aaron Ciechanover, the 2004 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, during the Sunday afternoon opening ceremony. Toward that end, impressively, the meeting organizers sought to create “the most international Lindau meeting ever,” with emphasis on bringing in large numbers of scientists from developing nations, and on attempting to balance representatives from different disciplines and even gender (42 percent are women).
In between sessions, I will post updates to this blog. Learn more at Scientific American‘s sister publication Nature, and a special web site featuring Lindau blogs, organized by Nature and Spectrum der Wissenshaft, Scientific American ’s German language edition. A slide show, Discoveries 2010: Energy, covers another Lindau initiative, a museum exhibit on energy sources.