The Nobel Prize signifies humankind’s aspiration for development and advancement – with the purpose of making the world a better place. This year’s Nobel Prize series in India between the 11th-13th of September focused on the initiatory stage of this process, namely education.
Partaking in the events were Nobel laureates Prof Serge Haroche (Physics), Mr Kailash Satyarthi (Peace) and Prof Juleen Zierath (Member, Nobel Committee).
On the importance of teaching, this year’s Nobel Prize Series began with the Teacher Summit on the 11th of September. The Teacher summit functioned as a platform for teachers, laureates, scientists and educators to learn about how the Nobel Prize could help inspire students, and how it could strengthen education.
The series’ second event was an exhibition titled ‘For the greatest benefit of humankind’.’ The purpose of the exhibition was to display how efforts in science, literature and peace can change the world for the better. The exhibition consisted of four themes: ‘Saving Lives’, ‘Feeding Humanity’, ‘Protecting the Planet’ and ‘Connecting the World’. It highlighted the contributions and accomplishments of the Nobel laureates that connects to all four themes.
On the final day of this year’s series’ Mr Kailash Satyarthi visited the Atal Tinkering lab at St Thomas Girls School in Delhi to meet a new generation of bright, young and creative innovators. Kailash Satyarthi addressed the young innovators beautifully in the spirit of the event: “We want to inspire you to create solutions for the problems that we have created. You are all innovators, each one of you!”.
Representatives from the Office of Science and Innovation, Embassy of Sweden were delighted to facilitating the work leading up to, and during, the Nobel Prize series in India.
For the crescendo of the Nobel Prize series a big and successful reception was held in the Swedish Ambassador’s residence. Nobel laureate Haroche and representatives from companies and missions in India joined for an evening of great speeches and celebrations. The main attraction however, was not of flesh and blood – it was a robot provided by ABB that could solve Rubik’s cubes. One small step for robots, one giant leap for mankind.
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