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Want to watch and listen to some of today's greatest minds conversing together, hosted by a top BBC presenter?

Nobel Minds, the round-table discussion program with the current year's Nobel Laureates provides a unique opportunity to do just that.


Each year, the Nobel Laureates in the fields of Science, Economic Sciences and Literature gather around a table at the Royal Bernadotte Library in Stockholm and talk about issues of global concern as well as their own respective fields of research. The Laureates speak about their backgrounds and the early influences that put them on the road to receiving the Nobel Prize.

Co-produced by SVT and BBC WN, the one hour program is taped during Nobel Week in December and is an excellent insight into the Laureates' personalities. Program hosts in past years have included internationally acclaimed news presenters and journalists Zeinab Badawi and Matt Frei.

For more information about the program, please contact broadcast@nobelmedia.se


Nobel Minds 2013

Medicine Laureate James E. RothmanThe 2013 Nobel Laureates gather in the Grünewald Hall at the Stockholm Concert Hall on 11 December 2013 for "Nobel Minds", a round-table discussion programme for BBC/SVT, taped in front of an audience of students for the first time. The Nobel Laureates discuss the discoveries for which they've been honored, how these can be applied in a practical way, and the role of science in today's society. The discussion is hosted by Zeinab Badawi of the BBC.

Participants of the 2013 edition of Nobel Minds are: the Nobel Laureates in Physics François Englert and Peter W. Higgs, the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel, the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof and the Laureates in Economic Sciences Eugene F. Fama and Robert J. Shiller.

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Nobel Minds 2012

Medicine Laureate Sir John B. GurdonThe 2012 Nobel Laureates meet at the Bernadotte Library in Stockholm on 7 December 2012 for the traditional round-table discussion and TV program 'Nobel Minds'. The Nobel Laureates discuss their work and what being awarded a Nobel Prize means to them. The discussion is hosted by Zeinab Badawi of the BBC.

Participants of the 2012 edition of Nobel Minds are: the Nobel Laureates in Physics Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland, the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka, the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka and the Laureate in Economic Sciences Alvin E. Roth.

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Nobel Minds 2011

Physics Laureate Brian SchmidtThe Laureates discuss various topics including the expansion of the universe, freedom of expression and the role of science in society today.

The Laureates also compare notes on their experience of Nobel Week in December: Nobel Laureate in Physics Saul Perlmutter likens it to stepping into actor Brad Pitt's shoes for a week, something Economics Laureate Thomas Sargent wouldn't mind doing at all! Amid the laughter, the Laureates discuss the current Greek debt crisis, the political compromises Europe faces and whether being awarded the Nobel Prize provides them with access to political leaders. Finally, the Laureates reflect on how future applications of their Nobel Prize-awarded discoveries are still unknown.

Participants of the 2011 edition of Nobel Minds are: the Nobel Laureates in Physics, Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess, the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Dan Shechtman, the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann and the Laureates in Economic Sciences Thomas J. Sargent and Christopher A. Sims. Program host: Zeinab Badawi.

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Nobel Minds 2010

Literature Laureate Mario Vargas LlosaThe Physics, Chemistry, Literature and Economic Sciences Laureates of the year discuss climate change, global immigration and the political and economical problems Europe faces today.

They also talk about the hard work behind every Nobel Prize: for Physics Laureate Andre Geim his research and achievements have been "a hard job, like running a marathon". Chemistry Laureate Ei-ichi Negishi admits to having always dreamt of receiving the Nobel Prize. Literature Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa tells about the special circumstances that led him into politics and reflects on why politics and writing were ultimately incompatible. All the Laureates talk about the impact the Nobel Prize has had on their lives so far and what their hopes for the future are.

Participants of the 2010 edition of Nobel Minds are: the Nobel Laureates in Physics, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Ei-ichi Negishi, the Nobel Laureate in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa and the Laureates in Economic Sciences Peter A. Diamond, Dale T. Mortensen and Christopher A. Pissarides. Program host: Matt Frei.

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Nobel Minds 2009

Medicine Laureate Elizabeth BlackburnThe Laureates discuss the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize that year, climate change data and science's integrity in the face of political policy.

The Laureates also speak about their very different backgrounds and experiences growing up - dyslexia, poverty and home-schooling - personal and inspiring stories of the challenges they overcame to become leading lights in their individual fields of achievement. Other topics are women in science, the role of the Internet in science collaboration and the practical applications of Nobel Prize-awarded discoveries.

Participants of the 2009 edition of Nobel Minds are: The Nobel Laureates in Physics Professor Willard S. Boyle and Professor George E. Smith; the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry Professor Venkatram Ramakrishnan, Professor Thomas A. Stetz and Professor Ada E. Yonath; the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine Professor Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Professor Carol W. Greider and Professor Jack W. Szostak; the Laureates in Economic Sciences Professor Elinor Ostrom and Professor Oliver E. Williamson. Program host: Zeinab Badawi.

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Nobel Minds 2008

Literature Laureate Jean-Marie Le Clézio The Laureates converse about various topics including the economic crash of 2008 and the challenge of creating a vaccine against HIV to prevent AIDS.

Medicine Laureates Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier talk about their discovery of the HIV virus and their work today. Economics Laureate Paul Krugman draws interesting comparisons between the current economic crisis and the 1930's depression in the USA, whilst Chemistry Laureate Martin Chalfie recounts his mother's own experiences during the depression.

The Laureates discuss the importance of funding in long-term research and the challenge of turning basic research into clinical advances. Other strands of conversation include Hollywood's portrayal of scientists, US insularity, and developing countries' vulnerability to Western exploitation.

In this episode of Nobel Minds, there is a brief introduction with clips explaining all the Nobel Prizes of 2008.

Participants in 2008 edition of Nobel Minds are: the Nobel Laureate in Physics Professor Makoto Kobayashi, the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry Professor Martin Chalfie and Professor Roger Y. Tsien, the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine Professor Francoise Barré-Sinoussi and Professor Luc Montagnier, the Nobel Laureate in Literature Jean-Marie Le Clézio and the Laureate in Economic Sciences Professor Paul Krugman. Moderator: BBC's Sarah Montague.

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Nobel Minds 2007

Physics Laureate Albert FertParticipants in the 2007 edition of Nobel Minds are: the Nobel Laureates in Physics, Professor Albert Fert and Professor Dr Peter Grünberg, the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Professor Gerhard Ertl, the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine Dr Mario R. Capecchi, Professor Sir Martin J. Evans and Professor Oliver Smithies and the Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences Professor Eric S. Maskin and Professor Roger B. Myerson. Program host: Sarah Montague.

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Nobel Minds 2006

Medicine Laureate Craig C. MelloParticipants in the 2006 edition of Nobel Minds are: the Nobel Laureates in Physics, Dr. John C. Mather and Dr. George F. Smoot, the 2006 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Dr. Roger D. Kornberg, the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, Professor Andrew Z. Fire and Professor Craig C. Mello, and the Laureate in Economic Sciences, Professor Edmund S. Phelps. Program host: Sarah Montague.

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Nobel Minds 2005

Laureate in Economic Sciences Robert J. AumannParticipating in the 2005 edition of Nobel Minds: the Nobel Laureates in Physics, Roy J. Glauber, John L. Hall and Theodor W. Hänsch, the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Yves Chauvin, Robert H. Grubbs and Richard R. Schrock, the Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren and the Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences, Robert J. Aumann and Thomas C. Schelling. Program host: Nik Gowing.

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Nobel Minds 2004

Medicine Laureate Linda B. Buck This edition of Nobel Minds opens with a short introduction on Alfred Nobel's legacy, and includes footage of the Nobel medals from the different Prize Categories.

The round-table discussion kicks off with the 2004 Medicine Laureates explaining the science of smell and their Nobel Prize-awarded research on it. The group go on to discuss topics such as the economical implications of today's increased longevity, sexism in science and the emergence of China as a superpower.

Other subjects include the role of science in a democracy and the changing frontiers of science: what used to be simply philosophical questions are now legitimate scientific ones: how did the universe begin and is space and time an illusion?

Participating in the 2004 edition of Nobel Minds: the Nobel Laureates in Physics, David J. Gross, David H. Politzer and Frank Wilczek, the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Aaron Checanover, Avram Hershko and Irwin Rose, the Nobel Laureates in Medicine, Richard Axel and Linda B. Buck and the Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences, Finn E. Kydland and Edward C. Prescott. Moderator of the program is Nik Gowing.

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