Nobel Week Dialogue

Water Matters

Water is essential to the survival of humanity. Every drop is precious. This year the Nobel Week Dialogue turned its attention to a topic that is important to us all. How does humanity impact the ocean? Where does water get wasted? Can we change patterns of water use? As a resource, for our health, for the environment and in culture: water matters.

The Nobel Week Dialogue is a free of charge, full-day event and part of the official Nobel Week programme. The event aims to stimulate discussion at the highest level on a topical science-related theme by bringing together Nobel Laureates, the world’s leading scientists and experts, key opinion leaders, policy makers and the general public, online as well as on site. By bridging science and society, it’s an opportunity to stimulate thinking, excite imagination and inspire greatness.

The event was live-streamed all day on 9 December on

You can also contribute to the ongoing dialogue by using hashtag #nobeldialogue on Twitter. The Nobel Prize Facebook page also provides in depth material and highlights from the Nobel Week Dialogue.


Date: 9 December 2018, 10:00 – 16:00

Venue: Stockholm City Conference Center, Barnhusgatan 12-14, 11123 Stockholm. Google map.

Event insights

Panellist interview

"We know as a matter of history that in a world one degree warmer than today the average sea level was six to nine metres higher. That would mean that central London is underwater."

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Copyright © Nobel Media AB. Photo: Pi Frisk

Panellist interview

Peter Agre was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering aquaporins, channels that allow water to travel between our body’s cells.

Photo Peter Agre

Photo courtesy of Peter Agre

In-depth article

The human body contains about 60% water - without it humans wouldn't survive. About 70% of the Earth's surface is water-covered - the creatures on Earth wouldn't survive without it.


Read about how some Nobel Laureates have been inspired to investigate this liquid further.

Crystal Jelly (Aequorea Victoria ), Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California, USA
Osamu Shimomura's jellyfish

Nobel Week Dialogue 2018

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