The best meeting you could ever attend…

15. July 2013

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Mario Ulises Delgado Jaime, participant 2013 // Or at least it has been for me. It was not only how easy it was to approach our most admired Nobel Laureates, but the general openness of all participants and the relaxed atmosphere that prevailed during the entire event, which promoted a lot of discussion and interaction. […]

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All our hopes and fears: Why the Lindau meeting needs to include psychologists

9. July 2013

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When I visited Lindau this year I experienced a mix of hopes and fears. The hopes came from the Nobel Prize winners and the young students and researchers gathered there. As a supposedly unbiased observer it was my job to provide skepticism and express fears. What was the source of the fears? The problem was […]

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Why Communicate?

5. July 2013

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Yesterday we had – thanks to you all – a very lively debate about scientists and communication. Moderator Adam Smith did a great job to involve you all into the discussion and the panelists – Nobel Laureates: Brian K. Kobilka, Sir Harold W. Kroto and Ada E. Yonath; plus Simon Engelke and me – tried […]

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A statement in preparation before the communication panel

25. June 2013

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‘Why communicate?’ is the title of Thursdays afternoon panel discussion during the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (July 4th). I am very happy that this panel will take place, as I think there is a need to talk about changes in science communication. And I was kindly asked to join this panel together with Simon […]

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Letter 7: Minnie considers the bounds of the scientific ‘comfort zone’

27. September 2012

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Dear John, I’m beginning to accept that many telescopes are moving towards a more automated data reduction process and that not understanding the intricacies of data reduction does not equate to being a poor astronomer. But this is ok because, as you say, the “skeptical and cautious user” will keep the system in check. Besides, […]

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