Science Alliance Member Joins 2010 Meeting of the Nobel Laureates

Tanya Petrossian is among the world's top graduate students who will travel to Lindau, Germany, for a meeting this summer.

Tanya Petrossian, a PhD candidate in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a member of the Academy's Science Alliance program, will participate this summer in the 2010 Meeting of the Nobel Laureates. Petrossian is among more than 650 international graduate students, including 75 American students, who were invited to travel to Lindau, Germany, in June to participate in the prestigious annual gathering taking place June 27-July 3.

The students will be joined by 65 Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, physics, and physiology/medicine. Laureates will give lectures and convene in small, informal groups with the young researchers to discuss topics ranging from science and politics to religion and personal views.

The annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings provide a globally recognized forum for the transfer of knowledge between generations of scientists. They inspire and motivate Nobel Laureates and international Best Talents. Lectures of Nobel Laureates reflect current scientific topics and present relevant fields of research of the future. In panel discussions, seminars and during the various events of the social program, young researchers nominated by a worldwide network of Academic Partners interact with Nobel Laureates.

Petrossian will report on the meeting and her experiences at her personal website, and will keep an official blog on the UCLA news website. She is also one of five students on the trip who will be equipped by the Meeting of the Nobel Laureates communication office with a video camera, film editor, and training to record their experience in Lindau for a five-minute film that will be produced and posted on YouTube.

The program for the Meeting of the Nobel Laureates is available online.