How to pick a Nobel Laureate
How to pick a Nobel Laureate

The Nobel Prizes are the world’s most prestigious scientific awards. The announcement of the Nobel Laureates and the Laureates in Economic Sciences for the year is made on the same day that the Nobel Prize awarding institutions choose from among the names recommended by the respective Nobel Committees. Immediately after the vote, a press conference is held by the concerned Nobel Prize awarder.

Annoucements in October

The Laureates will be announced starting on 1 October, revealing the scientists and peace workers who – in keeping with the vision of Alfred Nobel – have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind. The schedule of the week's announcement can be viewed here.

The Prizes are announced against a background of much speculation.


Several researchers at Stockholm University are members of the Nobel Committees, the bodies charged with selecting Nobel Laureates, and have a deep understanding of the processes Nobel Laureates are chosen. During this event you will have the chance to listen to some of these distinguished scientists discuss how Nobel Laureates are chosen.

  • Professor Lars Bergström, professor of theoretical physics specializing in astroparticle physics at Stockholm University
  • Professor Gunnar von Heijne, scientist working on signal peptides, membrane proteins and bioinformatics at the Stockholm Center for Biomembrane Research at Stockholm University
  • The conversation is moderated by Olof Somell who has a background in physics and history of science, and has been working with the history of the Nobel Prize at the Nobel Museum since 2006. He regularly lectures on the Nobel Prize both in Sweden and abroad.

Open to the public

This event, held in English, is free of charge and open to the public.

Venue: Galleriet, Studenthuset.

Date: Friday, 28 September 2018.

Time: 12:00-13:00 PM

Registration: I will attend the Nobel Talk in Studenthuset