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The 2008 Nobel Week Begins

December 1, 2008

Two months have passed since the announcements of the 2008 Nobel Prizes and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. On December 6, this year's Laureates will gather in Stockholm to celebrate and be celebrated for their outstanding contributions in scientific and literary fields.


The Laureates can look forward to a week of scientific and cultural festivities of various kinds, culminating in the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the Nobel Banquet on December 10. The Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded on the same day in Oslo. For those Laureates who come to Stockholm, the Nobel Week will begin with a visit to the Nobel Museum in the old Stock Exchange building in Stockholm's Old Town. There, for the first time, the Laureates will meet each other, but they will also encounter themselves, since they − among a total of 809 Laureates − are now part of the Nobel Museum's exhibition.

On the following days, December 7 and 8, the Laureates will deliver their Nobel Lectures, thereby fulfilling the only official obligation imposed on a Laureate. The lectures are open to the public and will be held at the Swedish Academy (Literature), in the Berzelius Laboratory at Karolinska Institutet (Physiology and Medicine) and in the Aula Magna at Stockholm University (Physics, Chemistry and Economics).

During the week, the prize-awarding institutions – the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet and the Swedish Academy – as well as the Nobel Foundation will host dinners and receptions where the Laureates will have the opportunity to meet colleagues in their own fields of activity as well as those of their fellow Laureates.

On December 8 − for the fourth consecutive year − Nobel Media AB, in partnership with the Stockholm Concert Hall, is organizing the Nobel Prize Concert. This year's concert will be conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and will feature the Monteverdi Choir together with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

The Nobel Day, December 10, will begin with the traditional Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, where the Laureates will receive their Nobel medals and Nobel diplomas before a large audience at the Stockholm Concert Hall. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Patrik Ringborg, will provide musical interludes. The soloist will be Michael Schmidberger, bass.

About 1,300 people will then make their way through the winter darkness to the Stockholm City Hall, illuminated by torches and braziers, to participate in the Nobel Banquet. During the evening the guests will enjoy the 2008 Nobel menu as well as a divertissement performed by the Orion Theatre under the direction of Lars Rudolfsson and Stina Oscarson.

In charge of composing this year's menu are Stefan Eriksson of the culinary institute Stefan Eriksson Matstudio and Magnus Johansson of the Stockholm dessert café Xoko. In charge of presenting the Banquet is the Stadshuskällaren (City Hall Cellar) restaurant − part of Profilrestauranger − and its Chef de Cuisine, Gunnar Eriksson.

The official Nobel Week programme will conclude on December 12 with individual visits by the Laureates to the Nobel Foundation.

Follow the Nobel Week on

All Nobel Lectures will be broadcasted live on and will then be available on the same website as videos on demand.

The ceremonies in Oslo and Stockholm will be broadcasted live on starting at 1.00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m., respectively, on December 10. The presentation speeches at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies will be published in their entirety at the same times, and the menu from the Nobel Banquet at the Stockholm City Hall will be published at 7.00 p.m. The speeches of thanks held by the Laureates during the Nobel Banquet will be posted on the website later the same evening, but the seating plan for the table of honour will be published earlier: at 2.00 p.m. on December 9.

During the Nobel Week, Nobel Web AB will conduct interviews with the Laureates, which will be published as videos on demand on at a later date.

The television programme Nobel Minds, a co-production of Sveriges Television and BBC World on behalf of Nobel Media AB, will also be available later on In this year's edition of Nobel Minds, which will be videotaped during the Nobel Week, Laureates from all prize categories will participate in a discussion moderated by Sarah Montague of the BBC.

Press conferences during the 2008 Nobel Week

December 4: 11.00 a.m., Stockholm Concert Hall, regarding the 2008 Nobel Prize Concert

December 5: 1.00 p.m., Nobel Foundation, regarding the Nobel Week programme

December 6: 9.00 a.m., Grand Hôtel, for the Nobel Laureate in Literature, J.M.G. Le Clézio

December 6: 2.30 p.m., Karolinska Institutet, for the Laureates in Physiology or Medicine

December 7: 9.00 a.m., Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, for the Laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Economics

December 8: 4.00 p.m., Aula Magna, Stockholm University, for the Laureate in Economics

December 9: 1.45 p.m., Grand Hôtel, for the Japanese Laureates (in Japanese)

For further information on the Nobel Week programme and for contact details on the above-mentioned organisations, please visit the Nobel Foundation press room at

Contact: Annika Pontikis, Public Relations Manager, The Nobel Foundation
E-mail:, tel: +46 8 663 14 70, fax: +46 8 660 38 47

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