Lindau Nobel prize meeting 2011
From August 23rd to 27th, the 4th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences took place. During this meeting 359 young economists from 65 countries had the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet 17 of the 38 living Nobel laureates in Economics; including, Joseph Stiglitz, George Akerlof and John Nash. The young economists, who were selected from over 5000 applicants, also included two RGS alumni Christian Bredemeier and Peggy Bechara. The German Federal President Christian Wulff opened the meeting with a speech on the European debt crisis. Prior to the opening speech, Peggy Bechara was among 19 young economists, who had the opportunity to meet with the Federal President to discuss key issues in the world economy.
During the 4 days the Lindau participants took part in a multifaceted academic program, where the prospects for economics as an academic discipline and the development of labour markets were the central topics of the forum. While the morning sessions consisted of plenary lectures by the laureates and panel discussions on current issues, the afternoon sessions allowed young economists to discuss with the laureates in smaller groups. In addition, a diversified social program provided numerous opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with Laureates and other young economists, in a more relaxed atmosphere, such as breakfast or at evening events. This was all in accordance with the Lindau Meeting's motto, "Educate. Inspire. Connect." This exciting and inspiring meeting was concluded by an excursion to the University of St. Gallen, where the German Federal Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schäuble, made the closing speech. The speech was followed by a boat trip to the Isle of Mainau for the official farewell.