Science prizes – stimulating research and innovation?

April 24, 2018 - 1:30pm

Do science prizes stimulate research and innovation? By engaging the public and policy makers we want to discuss the impact of basic research on society, science communication, and the use of science prizes to stimulate research and innovation.

In order to recognize outstanding scientific research, the Kavli Prizes honor highly creative scientists. The Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for seminal contributions in three fields of science: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience; promote public understanding of and appreciation for scientists and their work; and foster international cooperation among scientists.

Date:               April 24, 2018
Venue:            Norway House, Rue Archimède 17, Brussels

Kavli event in Brussels





Ms. Oda Sletnes, Norway's Ambassador to the European Union


Ms Iselin Nybø, Norwegian Minister Research and higher education


Interview and Q&A on stage with Kavli prize laureates:


- nanoscience laureate Thomas Ebbesen, Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Strasbourg, and ERC-Principal Investigator


- Neuroscience laureate John O’Keefe, University College London, UK


Introduced by: Dr. Eric Marshall, Vice President for Prizes and Public Programs, The Kavli  Foundation




Panel discussion:  Science prizes – stimulating research and innovation?


Panel participants: 


Mr Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner of Research and Innovation


Ms Iselin Nybø, Norwegian Minister of Research and higher education


Mr Alessandro Curioni, Vice President, Europe and Director IBM Research, Zurich


Introduced by: Ole Sejerstedt, President the Norwegian Academy for Science & Letters




Concluding remarks


Mr Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council




Vivienne Parry, OBE, science writer and broadcaster