On Saturday, December 14 the Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute had the honor of hosting this year's Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine, Professors Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof, for an organized discussion entitled "Setting the Stage for Discovery." The discussion, which primarily focused on the craftsmanship and art of doing high quality experimental science, highlighted the creative process and intellectual framework underlying the laureates successful research dissecting the molecular mechanisms of vesicular transport in eukaryotic cells. The discussion was moderated by two of the departments graduate students and provided the audience the chance to ask specific and general questions.

The event included a follow-up luncheon reception that enabled many of the members of molecular biology community at Stockholm University including representatives from all five departments carrying out research in the life sciences (MBW, EMB, Zoology, NeuroChem, and DBB) to meet and interact with the laureates in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. We are grateful to Professors Schekman and Südhof for coming to Stockholm University at the very end of the Nobel week of festivities here in Sweden; their visit to the Frescati campus was both stimulating and highly inspirational!