Nobel Prize Summit

Washington, D.C.



Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Nobel Prize Summit has been postponed. More information to follow.

What is the Nobel Prize Summit? 
The first ever Nobel Prize Summit - Our Planet, Our Future - will bring together around 20 Nobel Laureates and other world-renowned experts and leaders to focus on this question: What can be achieved in this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all of humanity? The summit will put the world’s best minds to work on finding solutions to help mitigate and adapt to climate change, reduce inequality and lift people out of poverty, and identify ways to harness the best that technology has to offer while anticipating and mitigating potential harms.

When will the event take place? 
Due to ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation, the Nobel Prize Summit has been postponed. It was initially intended to take place in Washington, D.C. on 29 April – 1 May 2020. Information on new dates to follow.

Who organises  the Nobel Prize Summit? 
The summit is being hosted by the Nobel Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre/Beijer Institute.

Why now? 
The Nobel Prize Summit is taking place at a pivotal time.  This year, the United Nations launches the Decade of Action toward achieving its Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Countries around the world will be making transformational decisions regarding biodiversity loss, climate change, and the state of our oceans. Demand for action is also growing. In the past few weeks, prominent global business leaders have pledged to make sustainability a top priority in their investment decisions. And in many parts of the world, young climate activists are drawing the world’s attention through rolling school strikes. We can ill afford another decade of inaction – the consequences are far too high. Read more.

What will the summit accomplish?
The Nobel Prize Summit will create a new platform for connecting the Nobel Laureates and other esteemed researchers with policymakers, business leaders, civil-society groups, and youth leaders to share ideas, propose real-world solutions grounded in evidence, and inspire action.

Who will be speaking?
The summit will convene around 20 Nobel Laureates in addition to other leading scientists with thought leaders, policy makers, business leaders and young people to explore solutions and break down barriers.

What does the program look like?
The first day of the program is open to the general public. The second day will be invitation only for closed academic discussions. The third day will take place at venues across Washington, D.C. to discuss with key stakeholder groups the outcomes of the meeting.
See the programme

How can I participate?
The first day at the Nobel Prize Summit is free to attend and registration for the meeting will open in mid-March. You can also participate online. In order to extend the reach of the meeting beyond the live audience in Washington, D.C. the meeting will be streamed to a worldwide online audience.

The second day will be invitation only to allow private deliberations.

On the third day the general public will be able to take part in activities around Washington, D.C. to take part in discussions around the outcome of the meeting.

Can I participate online?
Yes. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and don't forget to use the hashtag #NobelPrizeSummit.

Can media attend?
Yes media are welcome to attend. Please contact:
U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Office of News and Public Information; +1-202-334-2138 or
Nobel Foundation; +46 734 12 66 75,

Do I have to pay to attend this event?
The first day of the Nobel Prize Summit is free to attend in person or to view online.

Can I present my work at the summit?
No, only invited speakers will present at the Nobel Prize Summit.

Can the Nobel Prize Summit organisers help me obtain a visa?
It is the potential attendee's responsibility to investigate the visa requirements for entry to USA and to apply for a visa, if necessary. Those who require an entry visa are encouraged to allow sufficient time for the application procedure.

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