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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has successfully nominated nine top young scientists from South Africa to attend the 7th Lindau Meeting of the Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel in Lindau, Germany. The meeting dates scheduled for 25 to 29 August 2020 have been postponed to 24 to 28 August 2021 in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

ASSAf, as the official partner of the Lindau Foundation and with funding from the Department of Science and Innovation, annually nominates young scientists to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings which are designed as a forum for young scientists from all over the world to have an in-depth exchange with Nobel Laureates. South Africa last year hosted the International Day during the meeting week.

The South African young scientists are: Daniela Lamparelli, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits); Gracious Nyoni, Wits; Hayley Wakefield, University of the Western Cape (UWC); Moegammad Faeez  Nackerdien, UWC; Nimi Hoffmann, Rhodes University; Nozuko Lawana, University of Fort Hare; Bongumusa Makhoba, University of Zululand; Ombeswa Ralarala, University of Limpopo and Tumisang Loate, University of Pretoria.

They will join an estimated 373 young scientists from 60 countries who will participate from 24 to 28 August 2021, along with 40 Nobel laureates in this 7th Economics Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have been held annually at Lindau, Germany, since 1951.

Successful participants are outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate students and postdoctoral students under 35 years of age, in the Economics discipline.

They were selected after a multi-stage international selection process. The selected young scientists may expect a five-day programme with numerous lectures and panel discussions. Many see the chance to present their own research work at one of the master classes or at the poster session as a special opportunity.

Prof Himla Soodyall, Executive Officer of ASSAf, was pleased that nine South African young scientists (seven females, and two males) will be attending the 7th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Economics.  “They have an opportunity to discuss current economic matters and recent discoveries in their field and engage with Nobel Laureates and other young scholars in their fields”. She added: “I hope that the young scientists will take advantage of these interactions and use the opportunity to build networks for future collaborative research.”

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