Alfred Nobel University participated in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

17 Липня 2012

The 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting took place from July 1 to July 6, 2012. The event was organized by the Council and the Foundation for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings on the Lake Constance, Germany, and welcomed 27 Nobel laureates and more than 580 young researchers from 70 countries.

For the first time, a representative from Alfred Nobel University, Liudmyla Alekperova, participated in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, she was the only participant from Ukraine.

The 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was dedicated to physics and to energy sustainability that is faced by mankind. Once again, the Nobel laureates were invited to lecture on a topic of their choice showcasing the broad variety of research in physics. Additionally, three main themes were highly discussed during panel sessions: Cosmology, Quantum Physics, and Energy.

The First Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting took place in 1951 as a European initiative for post-war reconciliation and the Meetings have evolved into an influential forum for global issues. They bring together brilliant scientific minds in order to facilitate a unique dialogue across and among generations, cultures, and disciplines. “Educate. Inspire. Connect.” is the motive of The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

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Liudmyla Alekperova, on behalf of the Alfred Nobel University, had the chance to personally interview Peter Grünberg and invited him to the Fourth Nobel Congress that will take place in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, in May 2014.  Peter Grünberg won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2007 (together with Albert Fert) for the discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance.

Bellow we provide a transcript for an interview with Prof. Grünberg.

Interview Transcript

A = Alekperova

G = Grünberg

A: Good afternoon, Professor Grünberg.  I represent Alfred Nobel University from Dnipropetrovs'k, Ukraine, on the Lindau Meetings.  Our university was named after “Alfred Nobel” in 2010 and we are thriving to advance ideas of research excellence that are rewarded by Nobel prizes.  Hence, we are very much interested in communication and collaboration with Nobel Laureates.  Almost twenty years ago, our educational institution has started as an Academy for business and law but now we are moving towards a model of a classical university with wide variety of fields including economics, legal studies, humanities and fundamental sciences.  Hence, the objectives of the Lindau Meetings are very close to us.  We are also involved in organizing a forum for exchange of ideas.  Every two years, Alfred Nobel University hosts a World Nobel Congress that brings together people from academia and policy circles from Ukraine and other countries.  The next World Nobel Congress will take place in May of 2014.  Taking advantage of this opportunity, I, on behalf of the organizers, would like to invite you to the Congress.  We would be happy to welcome you to Dnipropetrovs'k, to our lovely city located on the river Dnepr.  Would you be interested to meet our students and to give several lectures to them?  What topics would you suggest for discussion during the World Nobel Congress?  What issues would be important for discussion and research to young researchers and scientific community in Ukraine?  We would be happy to hear your suggestions, if you would be willing to share …

G: As I have already mentioned this morning during my lecture, we have to be very much concerned about the usage of energy and resources.  The usage of materials and the material sciences become very important nowadays.  Let's take an example of thin films, by proper usage of technology we can reduce the amount of material necessary to produce thin films and save resources.  You can save a lot of material already in the structure. In many cases, like metallic films used for magnetism, the surface of the sample is most important factor for productivity, and then you don’t need a big sample, you in fact need to take only the surface, and can make your samples very thin altogether and still have the same effect as the big one - this can already increase the efficiency in the layer structure of the magnetic storage tremendously and to improve efficiency due to the layer structure.  Fabrication of this type of layer structures is carried out in many places to save scared resources.  This type of research for the efficient usage of research is subject to collaboration between many universities and research centers around the world. I live in Jülich, Germany, but I also have a Visiting Professorship in South Korea right now.  I also follow achievements of my German colleagues who really extended facilities to make samples, thin film samples, and consider this as a very positive development in research.

A: Are you, as a Nobel Laureate, are interested in collaboration with the universities in the emerging economies?

G: Basically, I could advise your university on various issues, I am rather full in my activities.  Right now, I have several Visiting Professorships, one in South Korea, another position in Shandong, China, and another now coming up in Nanjing, also in China.  Also, I still have my position in Jülich more as an adviser.  So I have to be careful not to make too many promises (laughing).   Perhaps, I could visit Ukraine during one of my international trips, for example on my way to China.  I have to consider this possibility.

A: Yes, you are right, we have to do careful planning for your visit.  We are hoping that you will be able to visit Dnipropetrovs'k in the near future.  We would be delighted to welcome you to Ukraine.  Thank you for accepting our invitation. 



More information on Professor Grünberg can be found here:ünberg