2014 Kavli Prize Science Forum

Higher Education in the 21st Century: The technological revolution in open education

Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Education and Research

For universities and other institutions of higher education, it's a brave new and wireless world, as the Internet makes it possible for educators to reach far beyond the walls of a classroom and teaching anyone with a computer and Wifi connection. But what are the actual benefits and limitations of these virtual classrooms, and how should institutions respond to both the demand and the opportunity?

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Birkeland Lecture by Dr. Jean Lilensten: "A new window on our space environment"

The Polarization of the auroral emissions. A French - Norwegian discovery

Illustration: The Spectro Photo Polarimeter observing an aurora

Auroras are not only one of the most munificent shows at the Earth. They are also the most spectacular effect of the relations between the solar wind and our space environment. Looking at auroras, one may feel astonished. Understanding them gives an additional feeling: that of the physical connection to the cosmos. Measuring the auroras is therefore a fantastic way to access parameters that are almost impossible to monitor in space. The stratospheric balloons do not go high enough while the satellites fly above this atmospheric layer.

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Abel Lecture by John Milnor at SEOUL ICM 2014

Abel Laureate John Milnor

"Topology through Four Centuries" is the title of John Milnor's Abel Lecture. The Abel Lecture will take place on Friday the 15th of August from 6:00 -7:00 p.m. in 3F Hall D, Coex Convention Center and will be open to everybody. John Milnor received the Abel Prize in 2011 "for pioneering discoveries in topology, geometry and algebra".


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Gold and glory for Kavli Prize laureates

Alan Alda and Haddy N'Jie will be the Masters of Ceremonies for the Kavli Prize Award Ceremony

The nine Kavli Prize winners from USA, Russia, Canada, Norway, Germany and United Kingdom will receive their prizes including a gold medal, a scroll and a share of 1 million US dollars in each of the three prize categories from His Majesty King Harald at an award ceremony on 9 September in Oslo, Norway. Alan Alda, American actor, director and author, and Haddy N'Jie, Norwegian-Gambian presenter, journalist, singer and songwriter, will be the Masters of Ceremonies. The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience is awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

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Nine scientific pioneers receive the 2014 Kavli Prizes

Kavliprisvinnerne 2014 montasje

Nine pioneering scientists have been named this year’s recipients of the Kavli Prizes – prizes that recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. This year’s laureates were selected for pioneering the theory of cosmic inflation, for transformative contributions to the field of nano-optics and for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition.

The Kavli Prize in Astrophysics is shared between Alan H. Guth, Andrei D. Linde, and Alexei A. Starobinsky. The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience is shared between Thomas W. Ebbesen, Stefan W. Hell and Sir John B. Pendry.The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience is shared between Brenda Milner, John O’Keefe and Marcus E. Raichle.

The Kavli Prize is awarded by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and consists of a cash award of 1 million US dollars in each field. The laureates receive in addition a gold medal and a scroll.

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Forthcoming events

21 September 2014 - 26 September 2014

Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Scientific conferences

Location: Heidelberg University on University Square

Three Abel Laureates will take part in the second Heidelberg Laureate Forum in September: Sir Michael Atiyah, Srinivasa S.R. Varadhan and John Tate.  

10 October 2014 at 13:00 - 10 October 2014 at 14:00

The Nansen Neuroscience Lecture 2014


Location: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

The Nansen Neuroscience Lecture 2014 «Molecular events in Nansen's "Dotted Substance": Intracellular mechanisms governing higher cognitive network connections». Lecturer: Amy FT Arnsten, Yale University. Introduction by Nils Chr. Stenseth, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Open meeting. No registration necessary.

31 October 2014 - 2 November 2014

Abel Conference at IMA

Scientific conferences

Location: University of Minnesota, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

The IMA's Annual Abel Conference Series, held in honor and celebration of the Abel Prize Laureates, is a collaboration between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the IMA.

20 November 2014 at 18:00

Møte med foredrag av Jared Diamond

Academy meetings

Location: Videnskapsakademiet, Drammensveien 78

Professor Jared Diamond:
"The history of everybody, for the last 11 000 years"

Møtet innledes ved at Olav Lausund holder minnetale over Maren-Sofie Røstvig og Tove Bull holder minnetale over Andreas Bjørkum.

26 November 2014

Tema: Helse. Hvordan følge opp "The Lancet - University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health"

Other events

Location: Videnskapsakademiet, Drammensveien 78

25 March 2015 at 12:00

Abel Prize announcement

Location: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

The name of the 2015 Abel Laureate will be announced by the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

19 May 2015 at 14:00

Abel Prize Award Ceremony

Location: University Aula, Oslo, Norway

The Abel Laureate will receive the Abel Prize at an award ceremony in the University Aula in Oslo, Norway. The ceremony will be followed by a reception and an interview with the Abel Laureate in front of a live audience.

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