Emerging Threats and New Tools

New Approaches and Advancements to Address Future Global Health Issues 

 The pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus impacted all our lives in 2020 and 2021. The crisis has underlined existing problems and inequalities while also showing the importance of communication and collaboration. When preparing for the next health crisis and addressing ongoing global challenges, we can apply what we learned from the responses from science, policy and the economy. We can also build on the great advancements in medicine, from genome editing techniques to new classes of vaccines to personalised medicine.

How can we better approach – or even predict – the next health crisis? What can we learn from the responses from science, policy and the economy to the health crisis? Where do new developments in medicine lead, what will be the next game-changing ideas in medicine, and are there any downsides or threats?

Lindau Alumni submitted a range of ideas to address these questions. 


  • Scientific Chair: Prof. Stefan H.E. Kaufmann, Member of our Council
  • Prof. Ulrich Schaible, CEO Research Center Borstel, Lindau Alumnus 1984
  • Dr. Julia Jansing,  Universiteit Maastricht, Lindau Alumna 2021

Introduction by Stefan H.E. Kaufmann

“This topic covers a broad range of aspects  which have one common goal: better health for all in the future.”

Prof. Stefan H.E. Kaufmann,
Council Member and Scientific Chair of this topic



Corona and Emerging Pandemics

This topic is based on the panel discussion with Nobel Laureates Harvey J. Alter, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi as well as Richard Neher and Jana Huisman, moderated by Stefan Kaufmann.

Gene Editing

This topic is also based on the panel discussion with Nobel Laureates Emmanuelle Charpentier and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard as well as Alena Buyx and young scientist Julia Jansing, moderated by Adam Smith.