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Nobel lecture at the scene: 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

“It is the “Nobel Prize” in ……” is a complement when we describe something highly respectable, prestigious, or festival-like. Now, I will take you to an event, that nothing can be even more respectable, prestigious or festival-like than it —— Yes, I mean the Nobel Lecture in Physiology or Medicine held in Aula Medica, Stockholm!

The lecture is free of entry fee and registration: the only thing required is patience. In order to get a good seat, my friend and I entered at 11.30 (still, we were only able to find a seat on the fifth last row). Suddenly, a crest was approaching closer and closer from the first row. We immediately realised:  came the three Nobel laureates!

It began with the welcoming speeches Karolinsa’s vice chancellor Ole Peter Otersen and a Nobel  committee member at Karolinska. The three laureates, and their landmark study that awards them the Nobel prize, were introduced.

From left to right: Jeffery C Hall, Michael Rosbash, Michael Young

Then, the main dish of this afternoon: three speeches, each 40 min, from each Nobel laureate.

Jeffery C Hall

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In the Nobel week: lecture by Dr. Ohsumi (2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine)

In Stockholm, there are three festivals to celebrate in December: Christmas, Lucia, and Nobel week!

Nobel week 

While the Nobel banquet and Nobel Prize award ceremony seem distant, the Nobel lecture series is something that you cannot miss! It is delivered by the Nobel Prize laureates of the year, and conducted in English. Furthermore, it requires no registration, no identity check nor admission fee: all members of the general public are welcome! (for the full program list, click here)

There are two Nobel lectures:

1. Wednesday 7 December: Lecture in Physiology or Medicine

Aula Medica Karolinska Institutet, Nobels väg 6, 2.30 p.m.

2. Thursday 8 December: Lectures in Physics, Chemistry and in Economic Sciences 

Aula Magna, Stockholm University, 9.00 a.m.

As my study programme is Molecular Techniques in Life Science, without a doubt, my choice is the lecture given by Dr. Ohsumi, the Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine. Because the lecture started at 14:30, I managed to arrive at 12:00 PM — there was already a long queue!

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