Sep 24, 2012 05:00 EDT With the theme of “The Genetic Revolution and its Impact on Society” as the framework, Nobel Laureates, prominent scientists, key policy makers and opinion leaders will gather in Stockholm on 9 December 2012 to review the current and future prospects for genetics and genomics such as personalised medicine, genetically modified organisms and human evolution.
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Nobel Laureates and world renowned scientists will gather with key policy makers and opinion leaders on 9 December 2012 in Stockholm for the inaugural Nobel Week Dialogue. This unique event, a new part of the official Nobel Week program, will focus on the far-reaching topic of “The Genetic Revolution and its Impact on Society”. Featuring a mix of presentations, panel discussions and informal interactions, the day will be devoted to reviewing the past 50 years of progress in genetics and genomics, assessing the implications for today’s society and looking towards future trends.
Introducing Nobel Week Dialogue, 9 December 2012
During the annual Nobel Week, held each December in Stockholm, the current year’s Nobel Laureates participate in a whirlwind of events and activities leading up to 10 December, when they receive their Nobel Prize and attend the Nobel Banquet. This year, the roster of activities has been expanded to include a new event: Nobel Week Dialogue.
The goal of this event is to foster discussion at the highest level on a topical, science-related theme by bringing together Nobel Laureates, the world’s leading scientists, key opinion leaders and policy makers and different interest groups for a series of thought-provoking sessions and working groups. For 2012, the chosen theme of genetics and genomics is an engaging issue with implications for all aspects of society, from personalized medicine, agricultural policy to questions of data privacy and the future of human evolution. Some of the participating Nobel Laureates include James Watson (1962), Bruce Beutler (2011) and Craig Mello (2006), Daniel McFadden (2000), Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (1995) and Joseph Goldstein (1985). The 2012 Nobel Laureates will also be invited to attend. Nobel Media AB, the company responsible for media rights for the Nobel Prize, is organizing the event.
Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation says, “Nobel Week Dialogue is a welcome addition to the official Nobel Week program and the event bridges the Nobel Prize awarded achievements with current societal issues and scientific debates.”
Camilla Hyltén-Cavallius, CEO for Nobel Media says, “From our previous international events with Nobel Laureates, we know that the dynamic interaction between Nobel Laureates and participants has been greatly appreciated and well received. We are delighted to organize the inaugural Nobel Week Dialogue and we are confident that genetics will be a captivating topic.”
This free of charge event takes place on Sunday, 9 December at the Stockholm City Conference Centre and students are particularly encouraged to participate in these unique discussions.
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