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The 2011 Nobel Week Begins in Stockholm

December 5, 2011

The 2011 Nobel Laureates are now gathering in Stockholm to be honoured during 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 on December 6 with an informal visit to the Nobel Museum in the old Stock Exchange building in Stockholm's Old Town. On the following days, the Laureates will deliver their Nobel Lectures and attend receptions and dinners organised by the Nobel Prize-awarding institutions. The lectures will be held on December 7 in the Jacob Berzelius Lecture Hall at Karolinska Institutet (Physiology or Medicine) and on December 8 in the Aula Magna at Stockholm University (Physics, Chemistry and Economic Sciences). Instead of a Nobel Lecture, there will be a programme at the Swedish Academy featuring texts by Tomas Tranströmer, in the presence of the Laureate.

On December 8, the Laureates can enjoy this year's Nobel Prize Concert, featuring French and Italian opera arias performed by tenor Joseph Calleja. He will be accompanied by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marcello Mottadelli. The concert is being organised by Nobel Media AB, in partnership with the Stockholm Concert Hall.

The Nobel Day, December 10, will begin with the traditional Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall, where the Laureates will be presented in speeches by members of the respective Nobel Committees. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Tobias Ringborg, will provide musical interludes. The soloist will be soprano Paulina Pfeiffer, who will perform works by Giacomo Puccini and Franz Léhar. In charge of the floral arrangements at the Concert Hall, which will feature white and yellow nuances this year, is Helén Magnusson of Hässelby Blommor.

At the subsequent Nobel Banquet at the Stockholm City Hall, guests will enjoy the 2011 Nobel menu and a divertissement created and performed by the Romeo & Juliet Choir under the direction of Benoît Malmberg. The ensemble's costumes are created by fashion designer Camilla Thulin. Gunnar Kaj is in charge of the floral arrangements at the City Hall.

In charge of composing this year's menu are Malin Söderström of Moderna Museet and Magnus Johansson of Bakery & Pastry, both in Stockholm. 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.

The official Nobel Week programme will conclude on December 12 with individual visits by the Laureates to the Nobel Foundation. There they will discuss the details concerning the transfer of their prize money and retrieve their medals and diplomas, which will have been displayed in the Golden Hall of the Stockholm City Hall during the Nobel Banquet.

Follow the Nobel Week on
All Nobel Lectures will be broadcast live on and will later be available on the same website in video-on-demand format. The award ceremonies in Oslo and Stockholm will be broadcast live on starting at 13.00 and 16.30 CET, respectively.

During the Nobel Week, Nobel Media AB will conduct interviews with the Laureates, which will be published in video-on-demand format 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 be available on later. 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, 13.00
Seating chart for the Table of Honour at the Nobel Banquet: December 9, 14.00
Presentation speeches at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony: December 10, 16.30
The menu from the Nobel Banquet: December 10, 19.00
The Laureates' speeches of thanks at the Banquet will be published later during the evening of December 10.

Press conferences during the 2011 Nobel Week
December 6, 14.30, at the Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet, for the Laureates in Physiology or Medicine. For information:

December 7, 9.00, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, for the Laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Economic Sciences. For information:

Nobel Week 2011 - detailed information
Pdf 5.8 MB

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, Nobel Foundation
E-mail:, tel: +46 8 663 14 70


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