On 1 February, a five-day unique programme to stimulate engagement in science, literature and peace took place in Goa, Mumbai and New Delhi. During Nobel Prize Series five Nobel Laureates gave lectures and took part in roundtable discussions and meetings together with experts and students from several universities. The travelling exhibition 'The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World' will be displayed for a month in Goa and a meeting exclusively for teachers was organized for the first time in India.
Four Nobel Laureates attended Nobel Prize Series; Richard J. Roberts, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1993, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1995, Serge Haroche, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2012 and Tomas Lindahl, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2015 came to the activities. Additionally, the Chairman of the Nobel Foundation, Carl-Henrik Heldin participated in the programme in Goa and Mumbai and Juleen Zierath, member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Nobel Assembly, participatesd in the programme in New Delhi.
Nobel Prize Series India 2018 was produced by Nobel Media in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST/DBT) and the Government of Goa with the kind support from Nobel International Partners 3M, Ericsson, Scania and Volvo Cars.
The inauguration of the exhibition 'The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World' took place at Kala Academy, Goa on 1 February. The exhibition was inaugurated by Hon'ble Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Manohar Parrikar. The exhibition, open to the public from 2 February, explores the Nobel Prize and how it affects our lives. It is a a unique opportunity to learn about the life of Alfred Nobel, view actual objects belonging to Nobel Laureates and see how Nobel Prize‐awarded discoveries may affect the future.
A seminar with all participating Nobel Laureates was held in the morning of 2 February at Kala Academy. The doors were open to anyone, scientist or not, to engage in a dialogue for connection and knowledge sharing.
The knowledge, inspiration and support from teachers has been important for many Nobel Laureates. Without great teachers, few of them would have made their life-changing achievements for humanity. During Nobel Prize Series over a thousand teachers were invited to a new kind of meeting made especially for teachers - Nobel Education Network - held in the afternoon of 2 February at Kala Academy.
Executive round table meetings were arranged in Goa and Mumbai featuring a dialogue between a number of business profiles and elite researchers as well as Nobel Laureates. The themes to be discussed were What industry do for scientists and scientists for the Industry - and why respectively What can CEOs do for scientists and scientists for CEOs - and why. The dialogues were closed sessions without audience, enabling an open and animated discussion where all participants take active part.
Student initiatives took place where Nobel Laureates met and inspired tomorrow's pioneers through intergenerational dialogue. Local universities in Goa and Mumbai were visited by a Nobel Laureate who wheldd an inspirational lecture to a large audience and conduct a face-to-face discussion with a limited group of students and engage in a meeting with faculty.