2018 Award Ceremony Webcast

September 4 at 14:00 His Majesty King Harald V presented the Kavli Prizes to the laureates at the Kavli Prize award ceremony. Alan Alda and Heidi Ruud Ellingsen co-hosted and several Norwegian artists entertained. The gala performance in honour of the seven laureates took place in Oslo Concert Hall and was broadcast on the Norwegian national channel NRK2.

Watch the 2018 Award Ceremony:

Alan  Alda  is  an  American  actor,  director,  screenwriter,  and  author.  He  has also  been  an  important  advocate  for science  communication  as  host  of  Scientific American Frontiers on PBS and through his Alan Alda Center for communicating  science.  This  is  the  fifth time he is hosting the Kavli Prize award ceremony. His co-host is the Norwegian actress and singer Heidi Ruud Ellingsen.


Alan Alda and Heidi Ruud Ellingsen Alan Alda (Photo: Thomas Brun/NTB) & Heidi Ruud Ellingsen (Photo: Erika Hebbert)

Seven pioneering scientists have been named this year’s recipients of the Kavli Prizes. The winners will receive a gold medal, a scroll and their share of the prize money.

The gala performance unites science and culture in an event including a broad range of musical expressions featuring artists who have shown their excellence in music.


Eldbjørg Hemsing is from Aurdal in Valdres, a small place she and her sister Ragnhild have put on the musical world map, not least through the Hemsing Festival. Here, the sisters have presented a number of international musicians through 7 years, despite their young age (Eldbjørg is 28 years old)! Most importantly, however, is that Eldbjørg is a classic world-class violinist. She has received a number of awards and gives concerts all around the world.
Eldbjørg Hemsing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7C3YrptAVY

Eldbjørg Hemsing Eldbjørg Hemsing. Foto: Nikolaj Lund

Adam Douglas is the man who did the opposite of Fred Kavli: He left the United States to build his career from Norway. In fact, he settled in the Ålesund area, just a couple of hours drive from Fred Kavli's childhood home. Adam is a very strong singer and guitarist. His success has been formidable -- winning NRK's "Stjernekamp" was a highlight. Adam Douglas: Try A little tenderness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16IxMr07Y-8

Adam Douglas Adam Douglas

Solveig Slettahjell is one of our most recognized and experienced singers, moving in the musical landscape between jazz, gospel and pop. She has released a large number of CDs and won several awards, including "Spellemannprisen".

Solveig Slettahjell Solveig Slettahjell

Mathias Rugsveen from Oslo is a 15-year-old sorcerer on the accordion. He won second place in "Norwegian Talents 2017", where he impressed the professional judges every time he played. Mathias Rugsveen: He will perform with another piece, but this gives an impression of him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc4CzvY578U

Mathias Rugsveen Mathias Rugsveen