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Hermann Staudinger Lectures

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The Hermann Staudinger Lectures are a series of talks initiated by the School of Soft Matter Research in 2008. FRIAS invites international Nobel laureates to give a lecture in Freiburg two to three times a year. The lecture series is named after Nobel Laureate Hermann Staudinger who taught at the University of Freiburg from 1926–1951 and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1953.

Staudinger's groundbreaking elucidation of the nature of the high-molecular weight compounds he termed Makromoleküle paved the way for the birth of the field of polymer chemistry. Staudinger himself saw the potential for this science long before it was fully realized. He was appointed a Professor at Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg in 1926 and founded the first polymer chemistry journal in 1940. In 1953 Staudinger received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discoveries in the field of macromolecular chemistry.

Overview of all previous Hermann Staudinger Lectures

Video podcasts of previous lectures can be watched here


What is the magic formula for receiving a Nobel Prize?


According to Junior Fellow Milena Bertolotti, this was probably one of the frequently asked question at the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to Physiology and Medicine (June 24 until June 29, 2018). At the Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings, hundreds of young scientists are given the opportunity to meet and discuss with dozens of Nobel Prize winners.

Attending the meeting was “one of the most amazing experiences in my scientific life”, Milena Bertolotti says. With great enthusiasm, she shared her impressions of the event in her article Science (and life) lessons from Nobel Laureates

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