Teaching Spirit 2.0

Nobel Laureates’ role as progenitors of OER

A workshop on practical teaching ideas, based on the outcomes of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, is a central element of Teaching Spirit 2.0.
© Julia Nimke/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Since 1951, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have fostered exchange and collaboration between different generations, scientific disciplines and cultures. The Teaching Spirit 2.0 project makes the results of these annual meetings accessible and tangible for school pupils. Building on the latest scientific insights from the Lindau-based events, it allows teachers to develop freely accessible teaching and learning materials that vividly convey the fascination and relevance of science. 


Fostering scientific understanding in school-based science teaching

Every year, Nobel Laureates gather in Lindau to discuss a specific topic from the fields of chemistry, physics or medicine/physiology. The event is guided by the „Mission Education“, which aims to capture children’s imagination and inspire them to pursue science in the future. The Mediathek shares materials from past meetings, offering inspiration for ways to integrate scientific content into lesson plans. In addition, the Teaching Spirit initiative invites a select group of teachers to attend a Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, providing an opportunity to engage with Nobel Laureates in person. 

Teaching and learning materials based on content from the Nobel Laureate Meetings

The Teaching Spirit 2.0 project links with the event’s defined Mission Education and draws on activities at past meetings. It is aimed at STEM teachers, student STEM teachers and school pupils from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The project has several focuses:

  1. Developing materials for biology, chemistry and physics  
    Guided by two professors from Justus Liebig University Giessen and the University of Tübingen, participants develop teaching and learning materials based on insights from the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. These materials are then made available as OER (Open Educational Resources). 
  2. Implementing materials in school labs and teaching-learning labs 
    Student teachers test the materials directly in school labs and teaching-learning labs, providing inspiration for future learning. 
  3. Training for STEM teachers
    STEM teachers receive training on how to convey the importance of science based on the provided materials. 

© Julia Nimke/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

How can teachers integrate the latest scientific insights into their teaching? Participants develop new teaching and learning materials with the help of professors from Justus Liebig University Giessen and the University of Tübingen.

© Julia Nimke/Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings


This project is a collaboration between the Chemistry Education unit at the University of Tübingen (Prof. Schwarzer) and the Biology Education unit at Justus Liebig University Giessen (Prof. Kremer), supported by the Vector Foundation and Siemens Stiftung.

Next round of Teaching Spirit 2.0 approaches

In 2024, the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will focus on physics. You can find up-to-date information about the next event here.



Would you like to work with us? Do you have any questions?

Project Manager, Teaching Spirit 2.0
Marie-Therese Seifert

University of Tübingen | Chemistry Education
Prof. Dr. Stefan Schwarzer

Justus Liebig University Giessen | Institute of Biology Education
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Kremer


Videos, audio files, 360° lab environments 

The practical teaching ideas developed for the field of medicine/physiology at the 2023 Nobel Laureate Meeting are available to download from our Media Portal as OER.