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She is attending a meeting of Nobel laureates in Lindau, Germany

Shwetha Srinivasan
Shwetha Srinivasan

You rarely get an opportunity to meet your role model in real life. Bangalore’s 20-year-old Shwetha Srinivasan too thought so, until she got an invite for the 63rd edition of ‘The meeting of the Nobel Laureates and Students’. The conference, being held from June 29 to July 5 at Lindau, Germany, is organised by The Council for Nobel Laureate Meetings, Lindau, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India, and the German Research Foundation (DFG). A total of 625 students, of which 22 are from India, are participating in it.

The focus this year being on chemistry and physics, the selection process conducted by DST narrowed down the candidates to just those pursuing pure science. A student of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali, Shwetha is interested in bio-physics and bio-chemistry. “I am currently looking into the dynamics of neuro-degeneratic protein, in particular the human prion protein which is a neuronal protein that causes an Alzheimer’s-like effect and leads to memory loss,” she said.

Shwetha, who attended the Asian Science Camp at Israel last year, sees a comparison between her experience at Israel and the Indian scenario. She said, “We both share a similar history, and we are both under the category of developing countries. However, Israel has developed at a swift pace, which India can’t even fathom.”

With a total of 34 Nobel Laureates attending the conference this year, Shwetha told The Hindu , “I am very excited. I am looking forward to meeting science titans such as Kurt Wüthrich and Aaron Ciechanover, and asking them what and where they see India going in the science spectrum”.

The conference will culminate with a one-week tour of research institutes throughout Germany. This tour, encased by DST and DSG, shows the increasing level of collaboration between India and Germany in the science and technology sector.


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