Fred Kavli to introduce prestigious science awards at DC climate conference

October 15, 2007

Washington, D.C., October 11, 2007 - On October 22, Fred Kavli, a Norwegian-born philanthropist, will introduce three new science prizes worth $1 million each at a science conference in Washington, DC. The Kavli Prizes are currently accepting nominations for their first ever awards in 2008 in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

"The Kavli Prizes honor scientists exploring the biggest, smallest and the most complex scientific frontiers in the 21st century," said Kavli.

Kavli will speak on the opening day of Climate Action, an October 22 through 24 scientific conference held at the Carnegie Institution at 1530 P Street NW, Washington, D.C. Among the scientific presenters, keynote speaker Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution will address the topic: "Alarming acceleration in CO2 emissions worldwide - how do we respond"" The conference will conclude with panel discussions on opportunities for international concerted action.

The first conference day sees remarks by John H. Marburger III, Science Advisor to the President of the United States.

Øystein Djupedal, Norwegian Minister of Education and Research and Thomas A. Farrell, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department will sign a new bilateral declaration on October 22. The declaration supports cooperation in research and higher education between Norway and the United States.

"The Kavli Prizes reward international pioneering research. International collaboration is also the key to finding solutions and creating a basis for international action on climate change. This is what the conference is all about," said Wegger Chr. Strommen, newly appointed Ambassador to the United States.
Climate Action is the title of the 2007 annual science conference co-hosted by the Carnegie Institution and the Norwegian Embassy. Consisting of lectures, panels and workshops, Climate Action has over 80 presenters and an expected 200 participants.

The Kavli Prizes are presented through a joint venture by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and the Kavli Foundation.

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Press contact: Norwegian Embassy: Berit Johne, Science Councelor, 202-944-8992, or Christian Hansson, Public Affairs Officer, 202-944-8930,

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