Nobel Week Dialogue

The Challenge of Learning: The Future of Education

9 December 2020

For the first time the Nobel Week Dialogue was open to all as we brought Nobel Laureates and experts together online to discuss the challenge of learning.

Speakers included world-renowned pianist Igor Levit, African Development Bank Group president Akinwumi Adesina and eight Nobel Laureates, including 2020 Chemistry Laureate Emmanuelle Charpentier, awarded the Nobel Prize for her work on CRISPR.

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Our audience joined us online as we placed the spotlight on learning, and explored how education can help create a better future: the future we want.

From the role of technology to the question of what we ought to know in order to meet the global challenges ahead, the themes discussed at the dialogue underpin our future. What works, what doesn’t, and what are the benefits and pitfalls of our new, digital world and learning at a distance? With billions lacking the resources or time to access such education, will technology truly deliver equality of opportunity?

The Nobel Week Dialogue was, as always, a true meeting of science and society, bringing together an intergenerational group of participants from a range of geographies and backgrounds to discuss how best to shape the future of learning.

Nobel Week Dialogue 2020

Event insights

Panellist interview

Carl Wieman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on super cooled atoms but over the last three decades he has also been applying a scientific approach to something different: improving education.

Carl Wieman

Carl Wieman

Photo: Andrew Brodhead

Panellist interview

University professor and Chemistry Laureate Bernard Feringa is a firm believer that all children have a talent, it just needs to be found and encouraged. We spoke to him about how important that encouragement can be.

Bernard Feringa at Groningen University

Bernard Feringa at Groningen University. Photo taken in November 2013.

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Panellist interview

Ahead of the 2020 Nobel Week Dialogue we spoke to Donna Strickland about the challenge of learning physics – and why she thinks it’s so important to maintain an element of wonder when doing science.

Donna Strickland in the laboratory

Donna Strickland in the laboratory.

Courtesy of University of Waterloo

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