The Nobel Lectures 2018

Date: 2018-12-08

Time: 09:00 - 15:15

Venue: Aula Magna, Stockholm University

Watch this year’s Laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Economic Sciences at the official Nobel Lectures 2018.

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The lectures are open to the public and will be held in English. No registration or entrance fee. Please note that it is not possible to make reservations. The hall will open at 08:40.

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Welcome address

Dan Larhammar, President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

The Nobel Prize in Physics

Optical Tweezers and their Application to Biological Systems
Arthur Ashkin, Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, USA
Arthur Ashkins lecture will be held by René-Jean Essiambre, Nokia Bell Labs,
Holmdel, USA 

Generating High-Intensity Ultrashort Optical Pulses
Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo, Canada

Passion for Extreme Light: for the greatest benefit to humankind
Gérard Mourou, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Phage Display: Simple Evolution in a Petri Dish
George P. Smith, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA

Harnessing Evolution to Make Medicines
Sir Gregory P. Winter, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

Innovation by Evolution: Bringing New Chemistry to Life
Frances H. Arnold, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

The Prize in Economic Sciences

Climate Change: The Ultimate Challenge for Economics
William D. Nordhaus, Yale University, New Haven, USA

On the Possibility of Progress
Paul M. Romer, NYU Stern School of Business, New York, USA

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