Room for Thought Left, participants listen
to a presentation. For the first time, a greater
number of young female scientists were
invited to participate than male. Right, events
such as the ‘Grill and Chill’ barbecue give scientists at all stages of their careers a chance
to connect. ‘Don’t be afraid of famous old
scientists,’ advised one Nobel laureate.
Among the many farsighted moves made by founders of the Lindau
Nobel Laureate Meetings, there’s one that stands out, according to
Wolfgang Huang, the director of the executive secretariat, which
coordinates the meetings. Organizers began filming the conference
content in 1952, the second year that the program was held. “
Everyone is doing it now,” Huang said, “but who was recording the lectures
back in 1952?”
The early recordings were forgotten for decades. They were only
found a few years ago, when the offices of the Council for the Lindau
Nobel Laureate Meetings were renovated. “And then we realized what
a treasure trove this actually was,” Huang said.
The council recovered approximately 800 tapes, and is working on
digitizing about half. They’re being edited to make the content accessible to the public, not just physically but conceptually. “We realize that,
of course, you can put a 19-minute lecture by German physicist Werner
Heisenberg online,” Huang said, “but this is really tough stuff.”
The videos are available at mediatheque.lindau-nobel.org.