Young researchers from the University of Tartu meet Nobel Laureates
The 63rd meeting of young researchers and Nobel Laureates will be taking place in Lindau, Germany from 30 June to 5 July. Two young dedicated researchers from the University of Tartu Institute of Chemistry will be participating in the meeting as the only Estonians.
This year, the Lindau meeting will be focussing on chemistry – green chemistry, the alteration and preservation of chemical energy, biochemical processes and structures. 35 Nobel Laureates will be congregating in this year's chemistry forum to meet more than 600 next-generation leading scientists and researchers from 78 countries.
From all the applicants, the Estonian Academy of Sciences presented the three best Estonian post-graduate students and researchers in the field of chemistry for participation. From these three, the evaluation committee of Lindau conference council selected two young researchers from the University of Tartu to represent Estonia – analytical and physical chemistry researcher Karin Kipper from the Institute of Chemistry and doctorate student Jaan Saame from the Chair of Analytical Chemistry, whose research is mainly related to the study of superstrong organic acids and bases in different media, and concerns, for example, the evolution of medical technology, materials science and the development of highly efficient energy sources.
“I decided to apply on the suggestion of Koit Herodes, who was the supervisor of my doctoral dissertation,” says Kipper. “At first, the chance of meeting Nobel Laureates seemed unreal, but I was very excited to be chosen.” Kipper hopes that the meeting with Nobel Laureates will give her a lot of inspiration and great ideas to move on with her research. “I am really looking forward to the presentations of Aaron Ciechanover, Walter Gilbert and the only female Nobel Laureate Ada E. Yonath,” Kipper commented, adding that these Laureates received their award for their smaller or larger contribution to the study of human health and related subjects. “My research is also quite closely connected with drug analyses and finding new applications that would help to make drug analyses faster, simpler, cheaper and more readily available.”
According to University of Tartu Vice Rector for Research Marco Kirm, the invitation means that the work done by the young scientists and doctoral students of the University of Tartu is recognised. “The best of the best are invited to attend Lindau conferences. Chemistry is, after all, one of the nine areas of research in which the University of Tartu has been among the world’s most cited 1% for years. This is the result of years and years of constant work on the part of our chemists. Efficient doctoral studies make up an inseparable part of it, ensuring that top-level specialists are prepared for both industries and academic institutions.”
The meeting of Nobel Laureates and young researchers has been organised since 1951. Read more on the website of the event.
Additional information: Karin Kipper, researcher of analytical and physical chemistry at the University of Tartu, phone: 566 67504, e-mail: karin.kipper [ät] ut.ee.