11 March 2016 14:15

PhD student, Jonathan Roberts, has been invited to the 66th Lindau Nobel meeting where he will mingle with 30 Nobel Laureates.

The opportunity to join the annual gathering of Nobel Laureates in Germany is aimed at outstanding young scientists below the age of 35.

Jonathan is one of only 402 young scientists from 80 countries to be selected for this prestigious event which is dedicated to the field of physics.

He said: “It is an honour to be invited to such a prestigious event that so many exceptional scientists have attended before me. I am looking forward to meeting the Nobel Laureates and the other young scientists in attendance and share the passion we have for new and exciting science in a variety of disciplines.”

He is a PhD Physics student at the EPSRC NowNano Doctoral Training Centre and previously won the 2015 UK ICT Pioneers competition for his research into nano-identification.

His invention uses next-generation quantum technology to uniquely identify any product, and there are plans to commercialise this through the Lancaster University spin out company Quantum Base with his supervisor Dr Robert Young.

Dr Young said: “Jonathan is rapidly developing into an outstanding physicist, and this is a fantastic opportunity for him to meet and mingle with world-leading scientists. I’m delighted that he has been selected to be part of such a prestigious meeting.”

Since 1951, more than 350 recipients of the Nobel Prize have followed the annual invitation to meet the next generation of leading scientists at Lindau in Germany.

For early career researchers, it is a valuable opportunity to meet these role models and mentors, to seek their advice, to exchange thoughts and views, and to discuss current developments in science and beyond.

As alumni of the Lindau Meetings, former participants stay connected with each other and become ambassadors of the scientific dialogue fostered by the Lindau Meetings.

At the Lindau Meetings, the Nobel Laureates shape the scientific programme with their topical preferences. As a result, the Lindau Meetings provide the unique opportunity to experience both the professional and the personal side of Nobel Laureates.