Mediatheque of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings


With unique content dating back to 1952, the Lindau Mediatheque contains more than 500 science lectures given by Nobel Laureates, educative films, interactive research labs, scientific texts, abstracts, profiles, image galleries, representing 66 years of Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

The mediatheque is gradually being developed further to provide a learning platform and research resource for scientists and those fascinated by science, particularly teachers and students. The Mediatheque’s main focus is on the various disciplines of the Lindau Meetings – namely physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, economic sciences; its content extends to the various research fields of the 450 Laureates who have presented their research in Lindau so far.

Basic information

Country: Germany

Coordinator: Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings,

Programme: National

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Target groups: college students, education authorities, general public, researchers, secondary school students, teachers, university students, university lecturers

Topic: Astronomy, Agriculture, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Earth science, Ecology, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Environmental sciences, Genetics, Medical sciences, Nuclear technology, Optics, Physics, Physiology, Education

Start year: 2011


Contact person: Janis Hegwein, Email: janis.hegwein (at)

With the intent to impart and further disseminate scientific information by and about Nobel Laureates, the Council and the Foundation have embarked on a strategy to collaborate with non-profit providers of digital educational content, mainly public providers of didactic material for teachers.

The mediatheque is gradually being developed further to provide a learning platform and research resource for scientists and those fascinated by science, particularly teachers and students.

  • More than half of the approximately 1,000 lectures given by Nobel Laureates at the Lindau Meetings thus far have been documented in the mediatheque.
  • Following a contemporary didactic approach, the mediatheque is complemented with short animated videos, so-called Mini Lectures, outlining key issues of science and research in a both educative and entertaining fashion.
  • By clustering and contextualising related mediatheque contents, a team of editors continuously compiles comprehensible introductions, so-called Topic Clusters, to major scientific fields and topics, like cancer, proteins, or subatomic particles.
  • The mediatheque contains biographical profiles of all Nobel Laureates who have thus far participated in the Lindau Meetings. They are gradually being supplemented with explanatory information on the scientific accomplishments of the laureates, relating their research to the historical as well as the contemporary scientific context.
  • So far, 15 Nobel Laureates have made their workplaces accessible virtually in the mediatheque: The 360° panoramic photos taken by German photographer Volker Steger depict their labs in great detail; embedded video and audio recordings add to the entertaining and educational experience of a virtual lab tour. Nobel Labs 360° can be displayed in Web applications, on personal tablet computers, or on large touch screens in exhibitions.
  • Starting 2015, the mediatheque provides a new application to vividly display and compare the life and career paths of Nobel Laureates on a rotatable globe. The data from their biographies was compiled and processed in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. The more life paths tracked, the easier it becomes to identify parallels and differences in researchers’ careers.


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