Albert Einstein with his violin 'Lina'.

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Nobel Laureates share their stories

Every laureate faces failures and set-backs on their path to the Nobel Prize. It is a topic they are frequently asked about at Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative events, and, given that we all fail from time to time, their insights are relevant for us all, whether failure is something already experienced, or whether it is yet to come!

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Shinya Yamanaka addresses the University of Oslo

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A team of female Yazidi deminers in Iraq attempting to clear their land of mines left behind by ISIS.  A team of scientists on an extraordinary mission in Mozambique to help better our understanding of climate change. A man building prosthetic legs to help victims of war walk again in South Sudan ... All are inspired by Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

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Nobel Prize conversations

Get the chance to know some of the individuals who have been awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences a little better. The Nobel Prize Conversations podcast series consists of ten programmes, easily-accessible conversations that delve into how these personalities found their research fields, how they view collaboration, curiosity and failure, and what keeps them going.


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Everything you wanted to know about pandemics

We live in a world where viruses and bacteria can be spread across the globe within hours. At the same time our medical knowledge is better than ever and we have a number of ways to stop disease. Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty is an expert in how pandemics arise, are spread and eliminated, and Danish writer Hanne-Vibeke Holst has written the novel ‘Like the Plague’ in which she realistically portrays the challenges a major flu pandemic could cause.

In conversation with Amina Manzoor, medical reporter at Dagens Nyheter, they discuss how our world could deal with a new pandemic. This event, held before the coronavirus pandemic, was hosted by the Nobel Prize Museum in association with Kulturhuset Stadsteatern’s Forum/Debatt and took place at the Under Fontänen stage in Stockholm, 11 December 2019.

50 years of Earth Day

Sustainable courage

Greta Thunberg and Johan Rockström met for a digital conversation about courage, solidarity and opportunities in times of crisis, streamed from the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm on Earth Day, 22 April.

Greta Thunberg is a Swedish climate and environmental activist. Johan Rockström is professor of Earth Sciences and Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

Ask a Nobel Laureate: Sustainability Edition

You asked – he answers!

What did Nobel Laureate Steven Chu say when we asked your questions on sustainability and climate change? Find out by watching the Q&A with Chu. He has devoted a large part of his scientific career to searching for solutions to our climate challenges.

Steven Chu was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1997

15 minutes with Physics Laureate Didier Queloz

“There is no age for being clever!”

If you had the chance to meet a Nobel Laureate, what would you ask? High school student Jin Manlai met Didier Queloz to talk about life, science and career choices. Besides discussing these topics, Jin was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Queloz’s Nobel Prize medal that he just picked up minutes before their meeting.

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Nobel Laureates in discussion

The 2019 Nobel Laureates met at the old Stockholm Stock Exchange Building (Börshuset) in Gamla stan, Stockholm for the traditional round-table discussion and TV program 'Nobel Minds'. The laureates talked about their research, what drives them and their visions for the future. The discussion was hosted by the BBC's Zeinab Badawi.

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According to Martin Chalfie his first experience with science ended badly because he was too afraid to ask for help.


Martin Chalfie addressing students at NPII Canada © Nobel Media. Photo: A. Mahmoud.

Throughout life we all rely on mentors to train us and guide us. It is a subject which many Nobel Laureates speak passionately about, pointing…

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May-Britt Moser meeting students during a Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative event in partnership with AstraZeneca

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Hard work has been part of every laureate’s journey towards the Nobel Prize. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi spent time in the lab on the morning of her…

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Elizabeth Blackburn speaks at a Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative event

Marie and Pierre Curie’s pioneering research led to not one, but two Nobel Prizes, the first for the couple, the second for Marie.

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Pierre and Marie Curie in the "hangar" at l'Ecole de physique et chimie industrielles in Paris, France, where they made their discovery. (Photo taken 1898.)

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Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) has become the strongest symbol of non-violence in the 20th century. It is widely held – in retrospect – that the Indian national leader should have been selected for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated several times, but was never awarded the prize. Why?

Mahatma Gandhi laughing

Mahatma Gandhi laughing.

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