2014 Laureates Gather for Ceremony in Oslo

On September 9th, Norway's King Harald will present the Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience

Kavli Prize Week is dedicated to celebrating and advancing science. Along with the Kavli Prize Award Ceremony and Kavli Prize Science Forum, other events include laureate lectures, popular science lectures and symposia on astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

Full schedule and information available at www.kavliprize.org; some highlights are provided below.

2014 Kavli Prize Laureate Lectures - September 8th

The Kavli Prize lectures are the formal presentations by the year's laureates about their prize-winning research. Held at the University of Oslo, the lectures are attended by guests of the Kavli Prizes and students of the university, and is open to the public.

The Kavli Prize lectures are open to the public and are also attended by guests of the Kavli Prizes and students of the university.

Program for Neuroscience

Introduction by Ole Petter Ottersen, the Chair of the Kavli Prize Committee in Neuroscience

    Brenda Milner

    Memory: Looking Back and Looking Forward
    John O’Keefe
    Spatial Cells in the Hippocampal Formation

    Marcus E. Raichle
    The Restless Brain

The full program for Neuroscience, Nanoscience, and Astrophysics, including Abstracts for each talk, can be found here.

The lectures will be recorded and available for viewing by visiting the page for each Prize year in late September.

2014 Kavli Prize Science Forum - September 8th

The Kavli Prize Science Forum facilitates high-level, global discussion on science and science policy by bringing together an international panel of experts to focus on a single topic. Attended by guests of the Kavli Prize, the Forum is webcast live from Gamle festsal, Oslo -- an historic room in Central Oslo that in the 19th Century served Norway's parliament.

In 2014, the topic for the Forum is "Higher Education in the 21st Century - The Technological Revolution in Open Education: The death of a traditional system or the next wave of democracy?"
Opening the Forum is Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Norwegian Minister of Education and Research.

The panelists are:

  • Martin G. Bean, Vice-Chancellor, The Open University, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Monique Canto-Sperber, Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL Research University)
  • Professor Mandla S. Makhanya, Unisa Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor, South Africa
  • Professor Sanjay E. Sarma, Director of Digital Learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.

The moderator is Vivienne Parry, Science Journalist and Author.

Questions for the Forum may be submitted on Twitter (#kavliprize) or emailed to info@kavlifoundation.org

2014 Kavli Prize Ceremony - September 9th

THE KAVLI PRIZE AWARD CEREMONY is the signature event of Kavli Prize Week, honoring the year's laureates in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience.

The highlight of Kavli Prize Week, this extraordinary event is a celebration of science and the arts presided over by His Majesty King Harald and held at the Oslo Concert Hall -- one of the most important cultural institutions of Norway. Attending is an international audience that, along with the public, includes peers and guests of the laureates, as well as leading representatives of science from around the world. This year's ceremony will be co-hosted by Alan Alda and Haddy N'Jie.

A video of the complete ceremony will be available soon after its completion.

2014 Kavli Prize Popular Science Lectures - September 10th

Held at the University Aula in Oslo, this series presents lectures prepared specially for the general public. This year's lectures will be presented by:

Brian Greene. A professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, Brian Greene is widely recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory, including the co-discoveries of mirror symmetry and topology change. His first book for general audiences, "The Elegant Universe," was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has sold more than a million copies worldwide. His more recent books, "The Fabric of the Cosmos" and "The Hidden Reality," were both New York Times bestsellers, and inspired the Washington Post to call him "the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today."

Richard Morris. A professor of Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, Richard Morris is  well known for his important contributions in the field of learning and memory. He is also interested in the application of concepts and techniques from his work to develop new therapeutics for Alzheimer's Disease. He is the author of over 150 refereed journal articles and three books, and has won several awards for his research, most notably the Zotterman Medal of the Swedish Physiological Society in Stockholm (1999) and the Feldberg Prize (2006).

The lectures will be recorded and available for viewing on www.kavliprize.org in late September.