Recording 'Nobel Minds' in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace, 9 December 2011.

Photo: Claes Löfgren, Copyright Nobel Media AB 2011

Nobel Minds

Want to watch and listen to some of today’s greatest minds conversing together, hosted by a top BBC presenter? Nobel Minds, the round-table discussion programme with the current year’s Nobel Prize laureates provides a unique opportunity to do just that.

Since the 1960s, during the Nobel Week, the Nobel Prize laureates have gathered for a round-table discussion for television, Nobel Minds. The programme has a popular science approach and examines general questions related to science, research and literature. The laureates speak about their backgrounds and the early influences that put them on the road to receiving the Nobel Prize.

Nobel Minds is a production of Swedish Television and BBC World News.


Nobel Minds 2023

The 2023 Nobel Prize laureates in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine and economic sciences talk to Zeinab Badawi and students in the audience at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on 9 December 2023. They descuss their discoveries and achievements, and how these might find a practical application.

Participants:
Ferenc Krausz and Anne L’Huillier, Nobel Prize laureates in physics
Moungi G. Bawendi and Louis E. Brus, Nobel Prize laureates in chemistry
Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman, Nobel Prize laureates in physiology or medicine
Claudia Goldin, laureate in economic sciences


Nobel Minds 2022

The 2022 Nobel Prize laureates in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine and economic sciences talk to Zeinab Badawi and students in the audience in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on 9 December 2022. They discuss their discoveries and achievements, and how these might find a practical application.

Participants:
Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger, Nobel Prize laureates in physics
Carolyn Bertozzi
, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless, Nobel Prize laureates in chemistry
Svante Pääbo
, Nobel Prize laureate in physiology or medicine
Ben Bernanke, Douglas Diamond and Philip Dybvig, laureates in economic sciences


Nobel Minds 2021

Five of the 2021 Nobel Prize laureates met digitally on 4 December 2021 for the traditional round-table discussion and TV programme Nobel Minds hosted by the BBC’s Zeinab Badawi. The laureates discussed their research, discoveries and achievements and how these might find a practical application.

Participants:
Klaus Hasselmann, Nobel Prize laureate in physics
Benjamin List, Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry
Ardem Patapoutian, Nobel Prize laureate in physiology or medicine
Abdulrazak Gurnah, Nobel Prize laureate in literature
David Card, laureate in economic sciences


Nobel Minds 2020

Five of the 2020 Nobel Prize laureates met digitally on 10 December 2020 and talked about their research and careers, moderated by Cecilia Gralde. They discussed the theories, discoveries and research behind their awards, and the value of science in dealing with the global pandemic.

Participants:
Andrea Ghez, Nobel Prize laureate in physics
Emmanuelle Charpentier, Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry
Michael Houghton, Nobel Prize laureate in physiology or medicine
Assistant Executive-Director Valerie Guarnieri representing Nobel Peace Prize laureate World Food Programme
Paul Milgrom, laureate in economic sciences


Nobel Minds 2019

The 2019 Nobel Prize laureates met at the old Stockholm Stock Exchange Building (Börshuset) in Stockholm’s Old Town on 9 December 2019 for the traditional round-table discussion. 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.

Participants:
James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, Nobel Prize laureates in physics
M. Stanley Whittingham, Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry
William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza, Nobel Prize laureates in physiology or medicine
Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, laureates in economic sciences


Nobel Minds 2018

The year’s Nobel Prize laureates gathered for a talk about research, motivation and the future, hosted by BBC World’s Zeinab Badawi. The programme was recorded on 12 December 2018 in the Grünewald Hall in the Stockholm Concert Hall. The audience included a number of students as well as some of the laureates’ guests.

Participants:
Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland, Nobel Prize laureates in physics
Frances H. Arnold and George P. Smith, Nobel Prize laureates in chemistry
James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo, Nobel Prize laureates in physiology or medicine
William D. Nordhaus and Paul M. Romer, laureates in economic sciences


Nobel Minds 2017

The 2017 Nobel Prize laureates met at the Grünewald Hall in the Stockholm Concert Hall on 11 December 2017. They talked to Zeinab Badawi about their discoveries and achievements and how these might find a practical application.

Participants:
Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne, Nobel Prize laureates in physics
Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson, Nobel Prize laureates in chemistry
Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young, Nobel Prize laureates in physiology or medicine
Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Prize laureate in literature
Richard H. Thaler, laureate in economic sciences


Nobel Minds 2016

On 11 December 2016 the Nobel Prize laureates gathered for a conversation about research, drive and vision. The conversation was filmed at the Grünewald Hall at Stockholm Concert Hall. Hosted by BBC World’s Zeinab Badawi.

Participants:
F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz, Nobel Prize laureates in physics
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa, Nobel Prize laureates in chemistry
Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström, laureates in economic sciences


Nobel Minds 2015

The 2015 Nobel Laureates met at the Grünewald Hall in the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm on 11 December 2015. They discussed if prizes inspire unnecessary competition, if it’s possible to fight inequality; the discoveries for which they’ve been honored and how these can be applied in a practical way, and what motivates them in their work. The discussion was hosted by Zeinab Badawi of the BBC.

Participants:
Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald, Nobel Prize laureates in physics
Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar, Nobel Prize laureates in chemistry
William C. Campbell, Nobel Prize laureate in physiology or medicine
Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize laureate in literature
Angus Deaton, laureate in economic sciences


Nobel Minds 2014

The 2014 Nobel Prize laureates gathered at the Stockholm Concert Hall on 11 December 2014 for the taping of Nobel Minds, recorded in front of an audience of students. The laureates discussed the discoveries for which they had been honoured, how these can be applied in a practical way and the role of science in today’s society. The discussion was hosted by Zeinab Badawi of the BBC.

Participants:
Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, Nobel Prize laureates in physics
Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner, Nobel Prize laureates in chemistry
May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser, Nobel Prize laureates in physiology or medicine
Jean Tirole, laureate in economic sciences


Nobel Minds 2013

The 2013 Nobel Prize laureates gathered in the Grünewald Hall at the Stockholm Concert Hall on 11 December 2013 for Nobel Minds, taped in front of an audience of students for the first time. The laureates discussed the discoveries for which they’ve been honoured, how these can be applied in a practical way, and the role of science in today’s society. The discussion was hosted by Zeinab Badawi of the BBC.

Participants:
François Englert and Peter W. Higgs, Nobel Prize laureates in physics
Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel, Nobel Prize laureates in chemistry
James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof, Nobel Prize laureates in physiology or medicine
Eugene F. Fama and Robert J. Shiller, laureates in economic sciences

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Nobel Prizes and laureates

Eleven laureates were awarded a Nobel Prize in 2023, for achievements that have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind. Their work and discoveries range from effective mRNA vaccines and attosecond physics to fighting against the oppression of women.

See them all presented here.
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