The Kavli Foundation
Newsletter - Special Edition
Vol. 5, Issue 4  2012
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The Kavli Prize
Live Webcast From Norway - September 4, 2:00 PM CEST (8:00 AM EDT)   

2012 Kavli Prize Laureates
The 2012 Kavli Prize Laureates. Left to right: Astrophysics - Michael E. Brown, David C. Jewitt, Jane X. Luu; Nanoscience - Mildred S. Dresselhaus; Neuroscience - Cornelia Isabella Bargmann, Winfried Denk, Ann M. Graybiel.
On September 4, Norway's King Harald will present the Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience to the seven laureates at an award ceremony held in the Oslo Concert Hall. Artist and former Norwegian Minister of Culture se Kleveland and the actor/writer/director Alan Alda will be the Masters of Ceremonies. The gala performance will unite science and culture in an event that celebrates the 2012 Kavli Prize laureates and includes special music performances by acclaimed national artists. More about the laureates and ceremony
 Three Conversations About Scientific Discovery


Before the ceremony in Oslo, six of the 2012 Kavli Laureates joined in discussions about the state of research in their fields, as well as their own work and discoveries.



Kavli Prize Week: September 3-6


se Kleveland and Alan Alda
Kavli Prize Award Masters of Ceremonies se Kleveland andAlan Alda. (Credit: Scanpix)

Kavli Prize Week is dedicated to celebrating and advancing science. Along with the Kavli Prize Award Ceremony and Kavli Prize Science Forum, other events include laureate lectures, popular science lectures and symposia on astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Here is more detailed information about selected public events:


Kavli Prize Laureate Lectures (Sept. 3) - Each of the laureates provides a public presentation about his or her award-winning research. Held at the Blindbern Campus of the University of Oslo, summaries of the lectures are available on the web, along with autobiographies prepared by the 2012 laureates.  Read more

Kavli Prize Popular Science Lectures - Held at the University Aula in Oslo, this series presents lectures prepared specially for the general public. This year's lectures will be presented by:
  • Lisa Randall, Professor of physics at Harvard University and one of the foremost experts on particle physics and cosmology, in 2007 Randall was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Randall is the best-selling author of "Warped Passages" and "Knocking on Heaven's Door."
  • May-Britt Moser. Co-director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, Moser is renowned for her pioneering research and discoveries into the brain's mechanism for representing space, how the brain computes and processes information, and how this results in cognitive behavior and experience.
  • Nathan Myhrvold. Former Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft and co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, Myhrvold was trained as a chef by renowned chef Anne Willan at the Ecole De La Varenne. Today a pioneer in science-inspired cooking techniques, he is co-author of "Modernist Cuisine: the Art and Science of Cooking" -- a 2,400-page cookbook.
  • Lars Williams and Mark Hermansen. Williams is head of Research and Development at Nordic Food Lab, a nonprofit organization established by world-renowned chef and restauranteur Ren Redzepi to explore the building blocks of Nordic cuisine, and to share these results with chefs, academics, industry, and the public. Hermansen is an anthropologist and member of the Lab. 

Kavli Prize Symposia -  Symposia are held in Norway during Kavli Prize Week, bringing together exceptional researchers for scientific presentations in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.  

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Pallab Ghosh, BBC Science Correspondent
Pallab Ghosh, BBC Science Correspondent and Moderator of the 2012 Kavli Prize Science Forum.

  What Difference Can Science Make to Global Health?  

2012 Kavli Prize Science Forum Focuses on Basic Science and Global Health Issues 

Live Webcast September 3, 3:30 pm CEST (9:30 am EDT)

The global nature of disease calls for global solutions. But what are the most promising new technologies for prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and how can scientists share their knowledge and experience with partners across the globe to assess risks, advance research and advise on appropriate action?

"Science has enormous potential to improve global health, but those on the front line are often unaware of what science has to offer, or unable to exploit it fully," notes Pallab Ghosh, BBC science correspondent. "I believe that science could make a far greater contribution to global health through more open and honest debate about the problems that stand in the way."

On September 3, 3:30 pm CEST (9:30 am EDT), during a live webcast from Oslo, Norway, Ghosh will moderate a discussion on this issue for the 2012 Kavli Prize Science Forum. Titled "Science and Global Health: The Role of Basic Science," the forum will feature an opening address by Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, followed by a panel discussion with:
  • Rita Colwell (Former Director, National Science Foundation, US);
  • Alice Dautry (President, Institut Pasteur, France);
  • Harvey Fineberg (President, Institute of Medicine, National Academy, US); and
  • Kiyoshi Kurokawa (Chairman, Health and Global Policy Institute, Japan).
"This Forum brings together some of the brightest minds to challenge the status quo and point the way forwards," said Ghosh.

Along with addressing the panel, Ghosh will consider questions submitted by viewers of the live webcast via Twitter using #KavliSF, as well as by email. Read more
Kavli Prize Week Webcasts