2012 Kavli Prize Science Forum Program

The Kavli Prize

"Science and Global Health: The Role of Basic Science"
September 3, 2012
Gamle Festsal – Oslo University, Norway
(Watch the recorded webcast)

The global nature of disease calls for global solutions. So how can science help? On September 3, 2012, four international scientific experts met in Oslo, Norway to address this issue during the 2nd biennial Kavli Prize Science Forum. The Forum called on each speaker to pose radical suggestions for what science can do to improve health globally, and identify the obstacles that stand in the way.

"Science has enormous potential to improve global health. ...This Forum brings together some of the brightest minds to challenge the status quo and point the way forwards." – Pallab Ghosh, BBC News Science Correspondent and Panel Moderator.  Read Feature

The 2010 Kavli Prize Science Forum, held in the  Gamle Festsal at the University of Oslo, Norway. (Scanpix)The 2012 Kavli Prize Science Forum will be webacst live from the Gamle Festsal at the University of Oslo, Norway. (Scanpix)

 Opening Address

Panelists in the 2012 Kavli Prize Science Forum

This year's forum was moderated by Pallab Ghosh, BBC Science Correspondent.

About the Kavli Prize Science Forum. The Kavli Prize Science Forum is a biennial international forum to facilitate high-level, global discussion of major topics on science and science policy. It was established in partnership by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.

Opening Address

StoltenbergOpening address by Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway. Jens Stoltenberg’s Second Government was appointed by the King on 17 October 2005. It is a majority government representing the Labour Party, the Socialist Left Party and the Centre Party. Mr. Stoltenberg is Candidatus Oeconomiae (economist) at the University of Oslo from 1987. Mr. Stoltenberg was Prime Minister 2000-2001, Minister of Finance 1996-1997 in Thorbjørn Jagland’s Government, Minister of Trade and Energy 1993-1996 in Gro Harlem Brundtland’s Third Government, and state secretary at the Ministry of the Environment 1990-1991 under Gro Harlem Brundtland’s Third Government. Mr. Stoltenberg has been member of the Storting (Parliament) for Oslo since 1993, and was deputy member of the Storting 1989-1993. He was Labour’s parliamentary leader at the change of government, member of the Storting’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs 1991-1993, leader of the Standing Committee on Oil and Energy Affairs 1997-2000 and member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs 2001-2005.


Rita Colwell

Rita R. Colwelll has served as director of the U.S. National Science Foundation, and is Chairman of Canon US Life Sciences, Inc. and Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health, and she is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world. As the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation, 1998-2004 she served as Co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. One of her major interests include K-12 science and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education and the increased participation of women and minorities in science and engineering. Dr. Colwell has held many advisory positions in the U.S. Government, nonprofit science policy organizations, and private foundations, as well as in the international scientific research community. She is a nationally-respected scientist and educator, and has authored or co-authored 16 books and more than 700 scientific publications. She produced the award-winning film, Invisible Seas, and has served on editorial boards of numerous scientific journals.

Alice Dautry

Alice Dautry has served as President of the Institut Pasteur since 2005. She is also a professor and the head of the Biology of Cell Interaction Unit at the institute. Dr. Dautry received her training as a solid state physicist at the University of Paris and as a molecular biologist at the University of New York at Stony Brook and the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. She was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and professor at the Ecole Polytechnique.Her research focuses on cell biology, host-pathogen interactions, and cellular microbiology and receptors of the immune system, among other areas. She has had a longstanding involvement in educational activities, serving as director of the molecular biology of the cell graduate course at Institut Pasteur, teaching cell biology and training PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.Currently, she serves as a member of the External Reference Group for Health Research Strategy of the World Health Organization. She also serves on several boards including those of the Ecole Polytechnique in France and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative.

Harvey Fineberg

Harvey Fineberg is President of the Institute of Medicine. He served as Provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001, following thirteen years as Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. He has devoted most of his academic career to the fields of health policy and medical decision making. His past research has focused on the process of policy development and implementation, assessment of medical technology, evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations. Dr. Fineberg helped found and served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and also served as consultant to the World Health Organization. At the Institute of Medicine, he has chaired and served on a number of panels dealing with health policy issues, ranging from AIDS to new medical technology. He also served as a member of the Public Health Council of Massachusetts (1976-1979), as chairman of the Health Care Technology Study Section of the National Center for Health Services Research (1982-1985), and as president of the Association of Schools of Public Health (1995-1996). Dr. Fineberg is the recipient of several honorary degrees and the Joseph W. Mountin Prize from the US Centers for Disease Control. He earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Kiyoshi Kurokawa is Professor of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and Science Advisor to the Cabinet of Japan. He is also Member of President Council of the University of Tokyo; Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo; Senior Scientist of the Earth Institute, Columbia University; Governor of Japan Chapter of American College of Physicians; and Chairman of Health Policy Institute, Japan. Dr. Kurokawa is the former President of Science Council of Japan (2003-06) and Pacific Science Association (2003-07). He has served in many ministerial committees in Japan including Science Advisor for the Ministry of Education, Sciences and Culture; Member and Chair of several Special Committee of the Ministry of Health and Welfare; and Member of the National Health Policy Council of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. He was Professor of Medicine at Departments of Medicine UCLA School of Medicine (1979-84), University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine (1989-96), Dean of Tokai University School of Medicine (1996-02), and Research Center of Advanced Science and Technology of the University of Tokyo (2003-06) Dr. Kurokawa is a recipient of Order of Purple from the Government of Japan for Excellence in Academic Achievements in 1999.

Program and Panel Moderator

Pallab Ghosh

Pallab Ghosh is a science correspondent for BBC news. He reports on developments in science, technology, medicine and environment for programmes including BBC Radio and Television News, The Today Programme, Newsnight, The BBC News Website and The BBC News Channel. He began his career in 1984 at the British Electronics and Computer Press before joining New Scientist as the magazine's Science News Editor. Ghosh joined BBC News in 1989, where he went on to become a Senior Producer on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme. He is a former Chair of the Association of British Science Writers and past-President of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ). In 2009, he was part of a BBC news team that one the Arthur C Clarke award in recognistion of BBC News's coverage of Space. He has also won the Media Natura Environment Award and has been named BT Technology Journalist of the Year.