Madrid 2024

The impossible takes longer

Nobel Prize Conversations

The Impossible Takes Longer 

27 June, 2024, 18:30 – 20:30 CEST
Madrid, Spain

Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces 
Address: Calle Vitruvio 5, 28006 Madrid  

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Just sometimes, everyone else is wrong. They insist that your idea won’t work, your finding is wrong, your scheme is mad. For many Nobel Prize laureates, that was the starting point. But, ignoring other peoples’ preconceptions about what is possible, they went ahead anyway. And, eventually, the results made history. Treading a solo path can, however, be a lonely business, and you need confidence, strength and resilience to persevere. In this conversation we brought together two Nobel Prize laureates to explore the dangers of always trusting received wisdom and the strategies that can help you survive and flourish if you decide to go your own way.  

The evening featureed George Smoot (2006 Nobel Prize laureate in physics), who detected the seeds of the first galaxies in the echoes of the big bang, and, joining us online, Katalin Karikó, (2023 Nobel Prize laureate in physiology or medicine), who pioneered the development of mRNA vaccines, so essential in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. This was followed by a panel discussion with Mara Dierssen, a world expert in the field of Down syndrome research who heads the Cellular and Systems Neurobiology group of the Systems and Synthetic Biology program at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona. Moderating the conversation was Adam Smith, host of the Nobel Prize Conversations podcast from, which this season investigates the lives and works of the 2023 Nobel Prize laureates.

Selected podcast interviews

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