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Nobel Ideas

What will our lives look like in 2050? Will we be able to halt climate change? Where will our energy be coming from in the future? DW asked Nobel Prize winners for their opinions - and the results are genuine NOBEL IDEAS

Every summer Lake Constance hosts a gathering of Nobel Prize winners and young scientists from around the world. Participants in the "Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings" talk about their own groundbreaking ideas - but also about their visions for the big issues of our time such as feeding the world, the future work world, and the conquest of outer space.


Stefan W. Hell, Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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Stefan W. Hell, Nobel Prize in Chemistry



„We will understand how for example a certain viral infection comes about in molecular detail. And therefore it will also be possible to fight it much more easily.“






Brian P. Schmidt, Nobel Prize in Physics

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Brian P. Schmidt, Nobel Prize in Physics





„If we wanna think of humanity, if we really wanna survive forever, we gonna have to move off the Earth eventually.“








Hamilton O. Smith, Nobel Prize in Medicine

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Hamilton O.Smith, Nobel Prize in Medicine




„We are not creating life from scratch; we are rewriting the program for life. The software or genome of a cell. We can redesign them, so that they have different properties.”







Sir Richard J. Roberts, Nobel Prize in Medicine

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Sir Richard J. Roberts, Nobel Prize in Medicine




„I think we will be able to provide enough food for people by 2050. If we can make crops, that will grow under semiarid conditions, this will achieve a much greater stability in the food supply, than we have at the moment.”







George F. Smoot, Nobel Prize in Physics

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George F. Smoot, Nobel Prize in Physics





“They're (robots) gonna replace people in manufacturing. They're gonna replace doctors and lawyers. They're gonna replace people in jobs you wouldn't think they can.”




David J. Gross, Nobel Prize in Physics

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David J. Gross, Nobel Prize in Physics





„By 2050 we will be well on the way to relying on renewable-solar, wind. I'm optimistic that we are not totally insane as a species.”








Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Part 1

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Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize, Part 1



„I'm very confident that in 2050 no child and no adult will remain illiterate. But that is a fundamental human right that is the divine right, which the nature or the god has given us.”







Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Part 2

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Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize, Part 2




"The international community hast to invest more on education which can prevent young people to enter the trap of fanatic forces.“

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