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When young scientists meet Nobel laureates

Theresa Schmiedel, from the University of Liechtenstein, has been invited to participate in the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

From 23 to 27 August 2011, prizewinning researchers from the field of business economics will meet young scientists at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Theresa Schmiedel is one of three participants from the University of Liechtenstein who have been selected to attend this meeting. She is a doctoral student at the Hilti Chair of Business Process Management, held by Professor Jan vom Brocke.

Mrs. Schmiedel, you have been invited to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. How did this special honour come about?

As a young researcher I applied to participate in the Nobel Laureate Meeting last year and was nominated by the International Lake Constance University (IBH), of which the University of Liechtenstein is a member. Then I was selected by the scientific board of examiners of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. This is a great honour for me due to the fact that of the 20,000 applicants from around the world only 500 young researchers can participate.

In which area do you conduct your research?

Within the scope of my dissertation I carry out my research at the Institute of Information Systems at the University of Liechtenstein, working on the topic “Culture in Business Process Management”. I am investigating the question which organizational culture needs to be established to support interdepartmental thinking towards customers. What I find interesting is both the interdisciplinary aspect of the research topic and the relevance of the topic to the companies in the region, which has been corroborated through many conversations.

Which aspects of your participation in this meeting do you find especially interesting?

At the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, young scientists meet well-known researchers. This is a unique opportunity to talk to world-famous Nobel laureates, such as John Nash (portrayed in the film A Beautiful Mind). At the same time you also receive the opportunity to exchange ideas with other young researchers. I see both as unique chances, reflecting the international research network at the University of Liechtenstein.

What will your task be at the meeting?

I see myself as a representative of the research location Liechtenstein, i.e. as a representative of the University of Liechtenstein and the Principality of Liechtenstein as well as the International Lake Constance University. In Lindau I will have the chance to introduce our young university to a wide and renowned international research community as the meeting offers many opportunities for formal and informal conversations, for example in forums with Nobel laureates or at social events.

What are you especially looking forward to?

I am especially looking forward to the international and interdisciplinary diversity of the discussions, which also characterizes our research in Liechtenstein, and which I have already come to value at the universities in Hohenheim, Karlsruhe and Toronto. I am very grateful to be offered this chance. The support I have received here at the University of Liechtenstein, which enables me to take part in such unique events, really is something very special. I would like to thank the university, the country and the association of the International Lake Constance University, which together have made this possible.