Video: The Kavli Prize Laureate interviews

In front of a live audience at the University of Oslo the 2018 Kavli Prize laureates joined in engaging talks about their work on the biggest, smallest and most complex scales of our existence.

Students, academics and a good mix of people with a special appetite for science filled the library auditorium at the University of Oslo on Tuesday September 3 to learn more about this year´s Kavli Prize laureates.

Adam Rutherford & Vivienne Parry. Photo: Peter Badge/Typos1 - all rights reserved

The live interviews, carried out by two of Britain’s leading science journalists, Vivienne Parry and Adam Rutherford, helped the audience gain a deeper understanding of the laureates and their award-winning research.

Ewine van Dishoeck, the astrophysics laureate and president-elect of the International Astronomical Unino (IAU), talked, among other things, about the importance of drawing young people into science. She also stressed the importance of working together, across countries as well as across disciplines.


Emmanuelle Charpentier and Virginijus Šikšnys , two of the three nanoscience laureates (Jennifer Doudna was not present during the event), answered a wide range of interesting questions about their work, including about potential implications of the use of the CRISPR-cas9 within medicine.


Lastly, this year´s neuroscience laureates, A. James Hudspeth, Robert Fettiplace and Christine Petit, shared their insights on the mechanisms underlying hearing, and warned about the danger of hearing impairment by over-exposure to noise.



Vivienne Parry & Adam Rutherford

A scientist by training, Vivienne Parry hosts medical programmes for BBC Radio 4, writes widely on health, presents films, facilitates many high level conferences and debates and trains young researchers. She also has a part time role as head of engagement at Genomics England which is delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project.  In September 2017 she was appointed to the board of UK Research & Innovation.

Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries. On television, his latest series was The Beauty of Anatomy on BBC4. Adam also presented the award-winning Horizon, a documentary television series on BBC2 that covers science and philosophy. He has a PhD in Genetics and a degree in evolutionary biology.

Vivienne Parry and Adam Rutherford


Get to know our laureates better. Read their autobiographies:

"My parents clearly had an academic career for me in mind: my birth announcement shows a baby wearing a stethoscope crawling toward the universitywith the motto ‘vires acquirit eundo’ ."

Ewine van Dishoeck, Astrophysics laureate 2018, outtake from her Autobiography (pdf)

"What if I could become a scientist who worked on discovering things about the natural world, maybe things no one had ever known before?"

Jennifer Doudna, Nanoscience laureate 2018, outtake from her Autobiography (pdf)

"After school graduation I had no doubts what to study and entered the Faculty of Chemistry of Vilnius University, where I became fascinated by organic chemistry."

Virginijus Šikšnys, Nanoscience laureate 2018, outtake from his Autobiography (pdf)

"It all started with toads."

Albert James Hudspeth , Neuroscience laureate 2018, outtake from his Autobiography (pdf)

" I built my own imitation red Fender-Stratocaster electric guitar, and played in a rock group called 'The Boys' throughout school.  I believe my passion for music partly fostered my later interest in the auditory system."

Robert Fettiplace , Neuroscience laureate 2018, outtake from his Autobiography (pdf)

"I was also marked by the frustration of my paternal grandmother, who, although an excellent pupil, was denied the chance to become a teacher, in an epoch in which women's destinies were predetermined."

Christine Petit , Neuroscience laureate 2018, outtake from her Autobiography (pdf)