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Nobel Prize Series – India 2017

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India in association with the Nobel Media AB is pleased to present the Nobel Prize Series in India from 2017 to 2022. The first edition will be organised as a part of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit to be held in Gandhinagar from January 9 – 13, 2017.


The first edition of the Nobel Prize Series in India will host 10 Nobel Laureates and eminent Indian scientists from fields of Physical, Chemical and Biological Sciences. Nobel Laureates confirmed as part of the Series include Harold Varmus, Ada Yonath, Brian Koblinka, Randy Schekman, Steve Chu, David Gross, Serge Haroche, William E Moerne and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan. The Nobel Prize Series aims to spread knowledge about the Nobel Prize awarded achievements and shares the Nobel Laureates’ inspirational stories with the global audience. The Laureates are also expected to visit various educational and research institutes in Delhi and Bangalore after the Gujarat Summit.

This edition of the Series will include a Nobel Media Exhibition and a Nobel Laureates Symposium. The Nobel Media Exhibition will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on January 9, 2017. The Exhibition will run for five weeks showcasing the science behind those innovations that have won the prestigious Nobel Prize, and how the underlying science has impacted the lives of people across the world.

The Symposium on January 10 will include two themes: Innovation and its uses to Spur Social Benefits and Innovation and Economic Growth. Apart from the Nobel Laureates, this symposium will be also attended by eminent Indian Scientists, dignitaries from the government and industry leaders.

The programme aims to stimulate innovation, creative thinking and engagement in science among students in India. Keeping this in mind, students from across India can earn a chance to meet and interact with the Nobel Laureates by participating in a nation-wide Ideathon contest that will be run in lead up to the Nobel Prize Series and Vibrant Gujarat Summit. It is expected that such a national ideathon competition will inspire young students to pursue science for higher studies and apply their knowledge through entrepreneurship and innovation for societal benefit. For this nation-wide student-level competition, higher secondary and undergraduate students across the country are eligible to participate. Students need to submit an idea in the field of Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology that uses science to address a specific societal problem. To get a diversity of students to participate in the contest, extensive outreach programs will be conducted in various clusters throughout India. A dedicated effort will be made to bring in students from Jammu & Kashmir, the North-Eastern states and the islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep, for participation in the contest. After a rigorous review process, selected students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the visiting Nobel laureates, as well as showcase their ideas as part of an exhibition during the Nobel Prize Series – India 2017 event to be organised at Gandhinagar in January 2017.

In addition, the event will also have about 50 young entrepreneurs and innovators who to showcase their innovations derived by the application of science. With a nationwide competition, an opportunity to meet and interact with Nobel Laureates, showcase their ideas, and many exciting science-based events lined up, the first edition of Nobel Prize Series – India is expected to make an impact nationally, in efforts to encourage students to leverage scientific knowledge to solve societal problems through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Short introductions of the expected Nobel Laureates:

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1. ada-yonath Ada Yonath focuses on protein biosynthesis and antibiotics paralyzing it. Ada Yonath is a crystallographer and the 1st Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 for her pioneering work on the structure and function of the ribosome
2. venkatraman Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is a Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu born American citizen. He is currently the President of the Royal Society. He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath in 2009 for studies on the structure and function of the ribosome.
3. harold Harold Varmus was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989 for discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes. He is currently the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and a Senior Associate at the New York Genome Center
4. randy Randy Schekman is American cell biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and former editor-in-chief of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – a highly regarded scientific journal. In 2013, he won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his groundbreaking work on machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in cells.
5. david David Gross is an American theoretical physicist and string theorist. He was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction. He is the current holder of the Frederick W. Gluck Chair in Theoretical Physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of California, Santa Barbara.
6. william William E. Moerner is an American physical chemist currently working in the biophysics and imaging of single molecules. He is credited with achieving the first optical detection and spectroscopy of a single molecule in condensed phases. In 2014 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.