On 8-9 April 2014, Dr Roger Kornberg, awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, participated in the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative, a global program that brings Nobel Laureates to universities and research centers to inspire and engage young scientists, the scientific community and the public.
Dr Roger Kornberg visited Sweden and Denmark, where he met young scientists from some of the region's leading institutions: University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, University of Copenhagen and Technical University of Denmark.
Dr Kornberg also met with academics and researchers from AstraZeneca (Mölndal) and Medicon Village. He delivered a fascinating lecture, entitled "The End of Disease" as part of the programme.
The Initiative is organized by Nobel Media AB, the company managing media rights for the Nobel Prize, in partnership with AstraZeneca, a global innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company that focuses on scientific leadership as a key strategic priority. The partners have conducted similar events in China, India, Europe, and the US.
On 3–5 June 2014, Dr Tim Hunt, awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, will visit China as part of the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative. There he will meet young scientists and senior academics from Fudan University and Sichuan University. Dr Hunt will also meet with researchers from AstraZeneca (Shanghai).
This will be Tim Hunt's second Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative event – in December 2010 he visited Manchester and met students and researchers from The University of Manchester and AstraZeneca (Alderley Park), Cheshire. A video of his lecture and a selection of photos from that event can be found here.