2014 Laureate Announcement Programs

The Kavli Prize

Live Webcast from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo and the World Science Festival, New York (click for webcast)
May 29, 2014; 8:30-10:00 am Eastern Daylight Time

Live Webcast from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo (click for webcast)
May 29, 2012; 9:00-10:00 am Eastern Daylight Time

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announces live the 2014 Kavli Prize Laureates in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience. Two webcasts with special programs will be available. Each includes the announcement of the 2014  Kavli Prize Laureates.

Announcement of the 2014 Kavli Prize Laureates

World Science Festival and the Norwegian Academy of Science & Letters
May 29th 8:30–10:00 am EDT

Live from New York City and Oslo, this special webcast includes a tribute to Fred Kavli by Alan Alda, Brian Greene and Eric Kandel. Following a live transmission from Norway announcing  the 2014 Kavli Prize Laureates, ABC News' Richard Besser discusses the announcements with Lord Martin Rees (Astrophysics), Ann Greybiel (Neuroscience) and Paul Weiss (nanoscience).


Richard BesserRichard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical editor. In this role, he provides medical analysis and commentary for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, and Nightline. Since his arrival at ABC News in 2009, Dr. Besser has been at the forefront of news coverage for every major medical story. He has authored and co-authored hundreds of presentations, abstracts, chapters, editorials, and publications. He has received many awards for his work in public health and volunteer service including the Surgeon General′s Medallion for his leadership during the H1N1 response.

Opening Tribute to Fred Kavli

Alan AldaAlan Alda, actor, writer, and director. Acclaimed and honored for his work in television, theater, film and as an author, Mr. Alda is also known for his long-time interest in promoting a greater public understanding of science. In 2006, for his efforts in helping to broaden the public’s understanding of science, he was presented with the National Science Board’s Public Service Award. He is a Visiting Professor at Stony Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science, where he is helping develop innovative programs that enable scientists to communicate more effectively with the public.

Brian GreeneBrian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University. Dr. Greene is widely recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory, including the co-discoveries of mirror symmetry and topology change. His first book for general audiences, The Elegant Universe was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has sold more than a million copies worldwide. His more recent books, The Fabric of the Cosmos and The Hidden Reality, were both New York Times bestsellers, and inspired the Washington Post to call him “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.”

Eric KandelEric Kandel, Kavli Professor and University Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University, Dr. Kandel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2000 for his research on the molecular mechanisms of learning and memory. The recipient of numerous prizes and awards, In 2006, he published "In Search of Memory," which received  the National Academy of Sciences Communication Award for Science Book of the Year.

Announcement of 2014 Kavli Prize Laureates

Kavli Prize AnnouncementLive from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo, Norway — the announcement of the 2014 Kavli Prize Laureates in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience.



The Big, the Small and the Complex: Panel Discussion

Ann GreybielAnn Graybiel, a neuroscientist and investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. A 2012 Kavli Prize Laureate in Neuroscience, her research focuses on the basal ganglia, a group of forebrain structures involved in controlling movement, cognition, and habit learning. Her insights into the brain are relevant to understanding a variety of diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and drug addiction. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine.

Martin ReesMartin Rees, Fellow of Trinity College and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Rees holds the honorary title of Astronomer Royal and also Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at Leicester University. From 1992 to 2003 he was a Royal Society Research Professor, and then from 2004 to 2012, Master of Trinity College. In 2005 he was appointed to the House of Lords, and he was President of the Royal Society for the period 2005-10. He is a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Paul WeissPaul Weiss, Fred Kavli Chair in Nanosystems Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Weiss is Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCLA. As director of CNSI, he leads a research center whose primary goals are encouraging university collaboration with industry and enabling the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanosystems. Weiss is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society and American Vacuum Society, and a senior member of the IEEE.

Norwegian Academy of Science & Letters
May 29th 9:00–10:00 am EDT

Live from Oslo, the announcement of the 2014 Kavli Prize Laureates is followed by a discussion of the prize-winning discoveries featuring scientist/science writer Adam Rutherford, and the chairs of the three prize committees.

Nils StensethNils Stenseth is president of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Stenseth is also Professor and Chair of the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, which is based at the Department of Biology, University of Oslo, and is dedicated to the integration of interdisciplinary scientific fields to study ecological and evolutionary processes. Stenseth is an elected member/fellow of several other academies, including the DKNVS, Academia Europaea, French Académie des Sciences and the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters. He has been awarded honorary doctorates (Doctor Honoris Causa) at the University of Antwerpen, Belgium  and the École Normale Supéreure, Lyon, France

Adam RutherfordAdam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster with a degree in evolutionary biology and a PhD in genetics. He is currently an editor at the science journal Nature where he makes podcasts and and short films about new research, and writes for The Guardian (United Kingdom). As a science writer, he covers all fields while specializing in evolution and human biology. Adam has made "Men In White" for Channel 4 (UK), "The Cell" and "The Gene Code" for BBC 4. The former was broadcast in over 40 countries and placed in the Daily Telegraph’s list of 10 Classic science programs. He has conducted several interviews for The Culture Show, BBC 2.

Committee ChairpersonsMats Carlsson, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, UiO, Norway (Astrophysics), Arne BrataasDepartment of Physics, NTNU, Norway (Nanoscience) and Ole Petter Ottersen, Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, UiO, Norway (Neuroscience)