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The 2009 Nobel Week

December 1, 2009

During October the 2009 Nobel Prizes and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel were announced. All the Laureates will now gather in Stockholm for this year's Nobel Week.


The Nobel Laureates can look forward to a week of scientific and cultural events, 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.

The Nobel Week will begin with a visit to the Nobel Museum in the old Stock Exchange building in Stockholm's Old Town. On December 7 and 8, the Laureates will then deliver their Nobel Lectures. The lectures will be held in the Aula Magna at Stockholm University (Physics, Chemistry and Economic Sciences), in the Jacob Berzelius Lecture Hall at Karolinska Institutet (Physiology and Medicine) and at the Swedish Academy (Literature).

During the week, the Nobel 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 a series of events where the Nobel Laureates will have the opportunity to meet colleagues in various fields of activity.

On December 8 – for the fifth consecutive year – Nobel Media AB, in partnership with the Stockholm Concert Hall, is organising the Nobel Prize Concert, where this year's soloist is Martha Argerich. Yuri Temirkanov, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme comprises Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major and Prokofiev's Suite from Romeo and Juliet.

The Nobel Day, December 10, will begin with the traditional Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall, where the Laureates will receive their Nobel Medals and Nobel diplomas. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Michael Bartosch, will provide musical interludes. The soloist will be Mira Pyne, soprano. The Nobel Banquet at the Stockholm City Hall will follow. Here the guests will enjoy the 2009 Nobel menu as well as a divertissement performed by the Romeo & Juliet Choir. The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the Nobel Banquet will be broadcasted live on Swedish Television (Sveriges Television).

In charge of composing this year's menu are Niclas Wahlström, A Kind of Cooking AB, 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 – through its General Manager, Patrik Högberg, and its Chef de Cuisine, Gunnar Eriksson. Gastronomic advisors to the Nobel Foundation are Fredrik Eriksson, Långbro Värdshus, Artistic Leader of Restaurangakademien; and Gert Klötzke, Professor of Gastronomy at Umeå University.

In charge of the flower arrangements at the Concert Hall is Helén Magnusson of Hässelby Blommor. At the City Hall, Gunnar Kaj is the creator of the floral decorations.   

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

Follow the Nobel Week on

All Nobel Lectures will be broadcasted live on and will also be available on the same website as video on-demand at a late date. 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.

During the Nobel Week, Nobel Web AB will conduct interviews with the Nobel Laureates, which will be published as video on-demand on at a later time. 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, the discussion will be moderated by Zeinab Badawi of the BBC.

Material that will be published on
Supplementary information memo on the Nobel Week for the press: December 5
Seating chart for the Table of Honour at the Nobel Banquet: December 9, 2.00 p.m.
Presentation speeches at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony: December 10, 4.30 p.m.
The menu from the Nobel Banquet: December 10, 7.00 p.m.
The Laureates' speeches of thanks at the Banquet will be published later during the evening of December 10.

Press conferences during the 2009 Nobel Week

December 5: 1.00 p.m., Nobel Foundation, regarding the Nobel Week programme
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December 6: 2.30 p.m., Karolinska Institutet, for the Laureates in Physiology or Medicine
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December 7: 9.00 a.m., Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, for the Laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Economic Sciences. For information:

December 8: 11.00 a.m., Swedish Academy, for the Laureate in Literature
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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: Jonna Petterson, Public Relations Manager of the Nobel Foundation
E-mail:, tel: +46 8 663 27 65

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