14 June 2005

Invitation to an open session and press conference at Stockholm University 22 June 2005

Alfred Nobel Symposium – Energy in Cosmos, Molecules and Life

Energy is the common theme when 120 scientists from twelve countries meet to exchange knowledge about one of the most important areas of research for our future. They meet at an interdisciplinary Nobel symposium, Energy in Cosmos, Molecules and Life in Stockholm, 18-22 June.

This unique occasion gathers the leading competence from three broad scientific areas to discuss energy issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. This Nobel Symposium is the first to include all of the natural science categories of the Nobel Prize: physics, chemistry and physiology or medicine. The purpose is to create conditions for exchange and interaction, partly between different disciplines and partly between promising young researchers and the world’s leading researchers.

The overall themes are: energy in a cosmological perspective; the energy flow as driving forces for life and evolution; the taming of energy sources in the service of society, and future energy sources.

About 20 prominent researchers will lecture on various subjects during the first four days of the symposium. Among them are the professors: Carlo Rubbia (CERN, Nobel Prize in Physics 1984), Martin Rees (Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge), Robert Aymar (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Roderick MacKinnon (HHMI, Rockefeller University, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2003), Ahmed H. Zewail (California Institute of Technology, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1999), Julius Rebek Jr. (Scripps Research Institute), Kazuhiko Kinosita Jr. (National Institute of Natural Sciences, Okazaki), Richard Axel (Columbia University, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2004) and Eric R. Kandel (Columbia University, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2000).

Alongside the Swedish and Nordic participants, about half of the younger researchers taking part have been nominated by the European Science Foundation, the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health in the USA as well as the equivalent organisations in Japan and China.

The list of lecturers, abstracts and the programme for Energy in Cosmos, Molecules and Life can be found at The site also presents the symposium’s organising committee and their contact details. Please note that the lectures in the first four days are not open to the public.


Energy in Cosmos, Molecules and Life will conclude on 22 June with an open session and press conference in the Aula Magna, Stockholm University.

The session on 22 June is open to the public and to Swedish and international media. With physics, chemistry and medicine as framework, there will be three panel discussions, each with three symposium participants, with energy as the common theme. The open session will conclude with a press conference with several of the panelists present.


Programme for 22 June 2005 – Aula Magna, Stockholm University

09.25 Introduction
Michael Sohlman, Executive Director, the Nobel Foundation

09.30 Energy and Man – Physics
Moderators: Lars Bergström and Mats Jonson
Panel: Robert Aymar, Andrei Linde and Joachim Luther

10.30 Energy and Man – Chemistry
Moderators: Astrid Gräslund and Bengt Nordén
Panel: Roderick MacKinnon, Julius Rebek Jr. and Ahmed H. Zewail

11.30 Energy and Man – Medicine
Moderators: Bo Angelin and Hans Jörnvall
Panel: Jeffrey M. Friedman, Eric R. Kandel and Svante Pääbo

12.30-13.30 Press conference

For more information, accreditation for the open session and press conference on 22 June, and regarding separate interviews with the symposium participants, please contact:
Annika Ekdahl, Public Relations Manager, the Nobel Foundation
Email:, tel: +46 (0)8-663 14 70, fax: +46 (0)8-660 38 47

To attend, RSVP by 20 June 2005 at the latest!


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Last updated June 14, 2005