The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was created as a unique platform to encourage dialogue between different generations of the global scientific community. During the last sixty years, renowned researchers meet with their younger counterparts at the meeting, which takes place once every five years.
Carolina Echevarria, along with 15,000 other young scientists from around the world, sent her application to participate in the Lindau meeting, which took place earlier this year. Only 600 students are ultimately selected. This year, selected students met with 37 different Nobel Prize winning medicine and physiology scientists in Germany between June 29-July 4.
Only 22 years old, Echevarria already has earned a great deal of experience in her field of study and she was excited by the opportunity. "I had the opportunity to participate in a meeting with the world’s scientific elite and to learn everything I could. I wanted to see how Ecuador stacks up, to share what we are doing and to support my country’s continued development," she said.
Echevarria, who has had an interest in science and laboratory work since she was very young, is currently in the final semester of the university’s bioengineering technology degree program, where she spends as much time in the lab as possible.
She completed internships in the Institute for Biomedical Research at UDLA and is now a research assistant. The director of the institute, César Paz y Mino helped her with her thesis. "When I was about to finish my studies, Dr. Paz y Mino asked me if I wanted to keep working and proposed a thesis which seemed very interesting and I am now working on a biomarker – a diagnostic exam – for breast cancer," she added.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.