Inaugural Kavli Prize ceremony and symposia: Sept. 8-11 (Oslo, Norway)

August 26, 2008

Overview: The inaugural year of The Kavli Prize will be celebrated with a special ceremony that features H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon Magnus presenting the prize to the seven Kavli laureates. Acclaimed scientists in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience will give lectures throughout the week.

Note: The award ceremony, lectures and symposia are open to media. There will be a press briefing at 11.15 AM (CET), September 9, in Oslo Concert Hall prior to the ceremony, to be attended by the Kavli Prize Laureates and dignitaries.

September 9, 2008: 2:00-3:30pm (CET)
Oslo Concert Hall (Oslo, Norway)

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research host a ceremony honoring the 2008 Kavli Prize laureates - the inaugural recipients of the prize, which are giving for the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. This formal, invitation-only event will be attended by: the Kavli Prize laureates; His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway; Fred Kavli, founder of The Kavli Foundation; Reidun Sirevåg, Secretary General, the Norwegian Academy; Tora Aasland, Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education; Kavli prize committee chairs and approximately 900 invited scientists and guests from around the world.

A press conference will be held approximately 1 hour prior to the ceremony.


September 8-11
Oslo, Stavanger and Trondheim

Throughout the week, the Kavli Prize is celebrated with lectures, panel discussions and presentations from acclaimed scientists in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. A complete list of events can be found at: Among the speakers who will be presenting during the weeklong celebration:

ASTROPHYSICS (alphabetically listed)NANOSCIENCE (alphabetically listed)NEUROSCIENCE (alphabetically listed)

Science prizes for the 21st century, the Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Consisting of a scroll, medal and cash award of one million dollars, a prize in each of these areas is awarded every two years beginning in 2008. The Kavli Prizes are presented in cooperation with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The prizes are awarded at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway - Kavli's native country - with the President of the Norwegian Academy presiding.

Astrophysics Laureates:

Maarten Schmidt, of the California Institute of Technology, US
Donald Lynden-Bell, of Cambridge University

Nanoscience Laureates:

Louis E. Brus, of Columbia University, US
Sumio Iijima, of Meijo University in Japan

Neuroscience Laureates:

Pasko Rakic, Yale University School of Medicine, US
Thomas Jessell, of Columbia University, US
Sten Grillner, of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden

For additional information, media should contact:

Anne-Marie Astad, Norwegian Academy of Science and Arts
Office: + 47 22 12 10 92
Mobile : +47 41 56 74 06


Jim Cohen, The Kavli Foundation
Office: (805) 278-7495
Mobile: (310) 666-2289

For more about the Kavli Prize, including a schedule of all lectures and events, visit:

The Kavli Foundation

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