New Delhi: For the first time in India, the Nobel Prize Series, a unique programme combining a conference, lectures, roundtables, and exhibitions is bringing together Nobel Laureates, other experts on a single platform. The programme that is being held in India’s western state of Gujarat, aims to stimulate innovation and creative thinking.
A Memorandum of Understanding had been signed last year by Nobel Media and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India for hosting Nobel Prize Series in India for the next five years. Following this, a trilateral agreement was signed between the DBT, Government of India, the Government of Gujarat and the Nobel Media.
Accordingly the first of the Nobel Prize Series, India 2017 is being held as a prelude to Vibrant Gujarat to demonstrate how science and discovery underpins all enterprise and human well-being with the underpinning theme of Science Impacts Live.
“Our science agencies will expand science-driven entrepreneurship and commercialisation in a big way in each state according to local needs. Your start-ups and industry can then compete globally,” mentioned the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at the inauguration of the event on January 09, 2017.
Besides the conference and meeting events, such as lectures, roundtables and other activities in Gandhinagar, Delhi and Bangalore, Nobel Prize Series, India 2017 will feature a 5-week long Science Exhibition being set up by the Nobel Foundation, with exhibits from the Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden. This will be held at the Science City Ahmedabad. The lectures in Delhi and Bengaluru are to be held on 12th and 13th of this month.
The Nobel Prize Series, India 2017 at Vibrant Gujarat will start on January 9, 2017 with the formal inauguration of the Nobel Prize Series Science Exhibition by Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi. This will be followed by an interaction of the Prime Minister with various Nobel Laureates who are visiting India to participate in this conference cum exhibition.
Nine Nobel Laureates including Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry, Dr Richard Roberts, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Dr Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Dr Randy Schekman, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, David Gross, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics, Dr Ada Yonath, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry, Dr Serge Haroche, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics, Dr William E Moerner, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry their participation.
The Nobel Laureates interacted with the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi during the inaugural ceremony on January 9th at Ahmedabad. The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan was present at the event.
On the January 10, there will be panel discussions with the Laureates to be streamed live across the country and the world. In the afternoon, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the CEOs conclave which will be attended by the Nobel Laureates.