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Welcome to the Academy's press room. Here, we publish the latest information for media about current and future press activities.

The Nobel Prizes and Prize in Economic Sciences announced

This year’s Laureates in Physics opened the door on an unknown world where matter can assume strange states. They have used advanced mathematical methods to study unusual phases, or states, of matter, such as superconductors, superfluids or thin magnetic films.

Read more about the Laureates David J. Thouless, University of Washington, F. Duncan M. Haldane, Princeton University and J. Michael Kosterlitz, Brown University.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 is awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa for their design and production of molecular machines. Read more about their work. 

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2016 to Oliver Hart, Harvard University and 
Bengt Holmström, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read the press release.

The Lancet publishes letter from the Academy

 In a letter to the editor published in The Lancet 22 February, Secretary General Göran K. Hansson and the Chairman of the Class for medical sciences Lena Claesson-Welsh provide important information relating to a paper published in The Lancet in 2011. The paper presented the result of a tracheobronchial transplantation with an artificial trachea, performed by Paolo Macchiarini at Karolinska University Hospital.  The editor at the Lancet has also commented on the Academy statement on the Macchiarini-case. 

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences takes action against scientific misconduct

 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided on a number of actions to combat deficiencies in the management of scientific misconduct and clinical research, which have been exposed through the controversy surrounding Paolo Macchiarini’s research. A new statement from the Academy presents, among other things, a demand that the previous enquiry into scientific misconduct is reopened.

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The Crafoord Prizes in Mathematics and Astronomy 2016

Crafoord Prize 2016; Mathematics and Astronomy

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded to Yakov Eliashberg, USA, the Crafoord Prize in Mathematics “for the development of contact and symplectic topology and groundbreaking discoveries of rigidity and flexibility phenomena” and awarded to Roy Kerr, New Zealand, and Roger Blandford, USA, the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy “for fundamental work concerning rotating black holes and their astrophysical consequences”.

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Press officer 

Jessica Balksjö Nannini,
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