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Witsies selected to attend Economics Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

- Wits University

Two Wits Master’s students from the School of Economics and Finance will attend the prestigious Lindau meeting.

Daniela Lamparelli and Gracious Nyoni are among nine young scientists from South Africa nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to attend the 7th Lindau Meeting in Economic Sciences in Germany.

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, which have been held since 1951, are a forum for young scientists from all over the world to have an in-depth exchange with Nobel Laureates.

The meeting usually takes place over five days and comprises a programme of lectures and panel discussions. The 2020 meeting has been postponed to 24 to 28 August 2021, in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Lamparelli and Nyoni  join some 373 young scientists from 60 countries who were selected after a multi-stage international selection process. They will have an opportunity to engage with 40 distinguished Nobel Laureates.

Daniela Lamparelli and Gracious Nyoni, Wits Master's students

Lamparelli, who wishes to own an economics consulting firm, says she is looking forward to engaging with the Nobel Laureates and learning from other participants.

“I am certain I will learn a lot from them and I hope to make some valuable contributions to the discussions as well.”

Nyoni said she was honoured to have been selected to attend the meeting because to “engage with Nobel Laureates is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“I am honoured to have been given a chance to interact and share my research with some of the best minds in Economics. I have no doubt that this experience will allow me to tackle my career with confidence going forward. I am also looking forward to building a network of young brilliant economists, which will pave the way for future research collaborations.”

Nyone aspires to be a world-renowned Nobel Laureate herself.

The School of Economics and Finance congratulated Lamparelli and Nyoni on their selection to represent Wits and South Africa at the prestigious meeting.

Professor Himla Soodyall, Executive Officer of ASSAf, was pleased that nine South African young scientists 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”.

“I hope that the young scientists will take advantage of these interactions and use the opportunity to build networks for future collaborative research,” she added.