University of Leicester student to join Nobel Laureates at prestigious meeting

Posted by ap507 at Jun 25, 2015 10:05 AM |
Postgraduate researcher to attend 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 25 June 2015

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A University of Leicester Chemistry and Biochemistry PhD student is among a select number of young scientists chosen to take part in a prestigious meeting of some of the world’s prominent academics.

Cecilia Casadei has been selected to participate in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting devoted to interdisciplinary topics, with Nobel Laureates in the fields of Physiology and Medicine, Physics, and Chemistry, to be held from 28 June to 3 July 2015, in Lindau, Germany.

Cecilia is a joint student with Professor Emma Raven, Professor Peter Moody at the University of Leicester, and Dr Matthew Blakeley at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble.

Only the 650 most qualified young scientists can be given the opportunity to enrich and share the unique atmosphere of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Cecilia said: “I have always felt particularly attracted by scientific problems that are at the borders between different disciplines, and this motivated my choice of a multidisciplinary PhD project in Neutron Protein Crystallography coming from a background in Physics.

“I believe that the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will be an excellent opportunity for inspiration for my current work and for my research career in the near future. I think that scientific exchange between different disciplines, regions of the world and generations is vital for productive scientific research.”

Professor Emma Raven, Head of the Department of Chemistry, said: “We are delighted to see that Cecilia has been given this opportunity. Meeting with scientists working at the cutting edge of their fields will be an inspiring experience and it is a fantastic achievement just to be among the small number of young scientists in attendance.”

Following the event, Cecilia commented: "It's been an incredibly enriching experience both scientifically and on the personal side. Most of the Laureates shared with us not only their research achievements but also part of their life experience and this was highly inspiring for all of us Young Scientists in the audience. The curiosity, the non-routine thinking and the passion for science came across most of the talks encouraging and inspiring most of us in the early stages of scientific career. The multidisciplinarity of the scientific topics together with discussions beyond science into social issues of wide interest made this meeting probably the most edifying event I ever attended."

This is the second year in a row that the University of Leicester has been represented at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting as María Soler Artigas, research assistant and part-time PhD student in the Department of Health Sciences, attended last year.

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