6 December 2004
Monday 6 December begins this year's Nobel Week in Stockholm. For the 2004 Nobel Laureates and the winners of the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, there have been two months of limelight since the announcements in October. Today, the ten Laureates in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine and the Prize Winners in Economics are finally assembled in Stockholm. They will be honoured guests and headliners in a week filled with activities, culminating in the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the Nobel Banquet on 10 December.
The Nobel Week starts with a visit to the Nobel Museum on Stortorget Square in the Old Town. There, this year's Laureates and their families are bid welcome to an eventful week in Stockholm and also gather together for the first time. In the exhibition entitled Cultures of Creativity, they will meet the more than 750 previous Laureates but also themselves in display cases presenting the 2004 Nobel Prize and the Prize in Economics.
On the following days, the Prize-Awarding Institutions take over the Laureates' itineraries, with press conferences, lectures, receptions and dinners. The press conference for this year's Laureates in Physics, Chemistry and the Prize Winners in Economics will be held at the Royal Academy of Sciences at 9 a.m. on 7 December and for the Laureates in Medicine at the Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet, at 11 a.m. on the same day.
The Laureates have one obligation in the Nobel Week: to give a Nobel Lecture concerning the discovery or achievement they have been rewarded for. This has been a tradition ever since the first Nobel Prize was awarded in 1901 and the tradition will be repeated this year as well. The lectures are held on 8 December in Stockholm University's Aula Magna hall, and at the Berzelius Laboratory at the Karolinska Institutet, respectively. Entry is free and the lecture halls are open to the public. For more information, see http://nobelprize.org.
This year's Nobel Laureate in Literature will not be present in Stockholm for the Nobel Week. Her pre-recorded lecture will therefore be viewed at the Swedish Academy on 7 December.
On 9 December, television will record the "Nobel Minds" programme and interviews will be made for the official website of the Nobel Foundation, Nobelprize.org.
Following the formal Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall and the Nobel Banquet at the City Hall on 10 December – the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death in 1896 – the official Nobel Week programme concludes on 12 December with individual visits by the Laureates to the Nobel Foundation. The Laureates have been invited to subsequent visits to a number of universities in Sweden and the Nordic area to lecture and participate in seminars.
For more information about this year's Laureates, the Nobel Prize, the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel as well as the various Prize-Awarding Institutions, visit http://nobelprize.org.