Stockholm University Hosts Festive Nobel Nightcap

This year the honor goes to Stockholm University.

“The event is a chance for students and Nobel Laureates to mingle and continue the celebration of the banquet,” says  Jenny Hansen, project co-ordinator for the event.

Nobel NightCap was founded in 1978 by a student after he decided the Nobel Banquet ended too early for being such a major event. Since then the NightCap has gone from being a simple after-party to a prestigious celebration that brings Laureates and students together.

Nowadays each Nobel Nightcap is organized by the the four largest student unions in Stockholm: Stockholm University Student Union (SUS), THS at KTH, SASSE at Stockholm School of Economics and Medicinska föreningen at KI.

“Those of us on the committee have been preparing for this event for a long, long time: 15 months,” says Jenny. “It’s going to be so exciting to see everything come together. Nordic Nightcap this year is a great opportunity for the Student Union at SU to show what we can do.”

As well as the organizing committee, the evening brings together Swedish and international student volunteers from both Stockholm University and KTH, who will be on hand to ensure the evening is a memorable event.

“It’s taken a lot of work to coordinate everything,” admits Jenny, “We have about 250 students involved and I know how excited they are to meet the Nobel Laureates and be part of the Nobel tradition. The Nobel Prizes are known around the world and this is something special for us to be involved in.”

Each Nordic Nightcap has a theme which is kept secret until the guests arrive. This is one of the things that makes the evening so festive.

“It’s going to be great to see how the guests react,” says Jenny. “We’re transforming Aula Magna and Allhuset, two of the key buildings on campus, into something really spectacular. I’m really looking forward to it and I’m sure everyone involved will remember it for a long time.”

WIth just a day to go Jenny is very excited.

“It’s taken a lot planning and organization, but also a lot of fun,” she says. “I think what I’m looking forward to most is seeing how everything we’ve been planning comes together and how much fun the students have meeting the Laureates, and eminent guests. The students have worked so hard to make this evening a success; it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to experience something so special.”

“It will also be fun to dress up for such a formal event,” says Jenny, who, of course, has bought a new dress for the occasion.

Text: Jon Buscall