Kavli Prize Week 2014 - NTNU programme

Wednesday 10 September

Time/place tbd. Marty Saggese,  "SfN: Creating Compelling Value for Members… and How This Relates to Roald Amundsen?"

Students Society Building18.30 Kavli Popular Lecture 

Students Society Building (Studentersamfundet)

Stanislas Dehaene

"The matter of education: Literacy, numeracy and the developing brain"


Thursday, 11 September 

0915 – 1200 Kavli Prize Laureate Lectures
Auditorium R1, Natural Sciences Building (Realfagbygget) Gløshaugen

Kavli Prize Symposium in Nanoscience

14.00 Anne BorgOpening of the Kavli Nanoscience Symposium       
14:10 Andre Geim"Van der Waals heterostructures: Assembling designer materials from isolated atomic planes"
15:00 Bo Brummerstedt Iversen"Watching nanoparticles form"
15:30 Break
15:50 Molly Stevens, "Designing nanomaterials for biosensing and regenerative medicine"
16:25 Ke Lu"Anisotropic nanostructures in materials"

Kavli Prize Symposium in  Neuroscience

Auditorium KBA in Women- and Childrens Centre

1400 Haim Sompolinsky, "Computational Perspectives on Neural Representations"
1430 Doris Tsao,"Mapping object representations"
1500 Nachum Ulanovsky, "Neural codes for 2-D and 3-D space in the hippocampal formation of bats"
1530 Break
1545 Eric Knudsen, «Brain Maps Controlling Attention»
1615 Dennis O'Leary,"Cortical maps: Regulation of area patterning"
1645 Round-up discussion and end of symposium



The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The Kavli Prize consists of USD 1,000,000 in each of the scientific fields. In addition to the prize money the laureates receive a scroll and a gold medal.The Kavli Prize is awarded every second year by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

The Kavli Prize was established to:

  • Recognise outstanding scientific research
  • Honour highly creative scientists
  • Promote public understanding of scientists and their work
  • Foster international cooperation among scientists

The agreement to establish the Kavli Prize was signed in 2005 by the founder of The Kavli Foundation, Fred Kavli, Kristin Clemet, Norwegian Minister of Education and Research and Jan Fridthjof Bernt, President of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The Kavli Prize was awarded for the first time in 2008.


Kavli Prize Week 2012 - NTNU programme

Wednesday 5 september

18:30 - 19:30 The Students Society

Public lecture - free

"The making, keeping and losing of memory"

Richard Morris, D. Phil, the University of Edinburgh 

Thursday 6 September

10:00 - 12:00    The Kavli Prize Lectures

NTNU – Gløshaugen – Auditorium R1

10:15    Welcome remarks - Rector Torbjørn Digernes, NTNU
10:20    Greetings from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters - Nils  Christian Stenseth, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
10:25    Arne Skjeltorp, Chairman of the Kavli Prize Committee in Nanoscience, introduces the Nano prize winner, Mildred Dresselhaus
10:30    Nanoscience prize lecture: Mildred Dresselhaus: "Nanoscale Phenomena" (broadcasted from the University of Bergen)
11:00    Lily Jan, member of the Kavli Prize Committee,  introduces the Neuroscience prize winner, Cornelia Bargmann
11:05    Neuroscience prize lecture: Cornelia Bargmann: "Genes, neurons, and decisions: using fixed circuits to drive flexible behaviours".
11:35    Charles Stevens, member of the Kavli Prize Committee,  introduces the Neuroscience prize winner, Winfried Denk
11:40     Neuroscience prize lecture: Winfried Denk: "Imaging tools to reverse engineering the brain".

14.00 – 18.00

Kavli symposia on Neuroscience and Nanoscience - parallel sessions

Kavli Symposium on Neuroscience
Location: Centre for Women and Children, Auditorium 1st floor
Moderators: Prof. Edvard Moser and Prof. May-Britt Moser, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

14:55   Opening remarks by Nils Christian Stenseth, president of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
15:00   Stanislas Dehaene, Collège de France: "How learning to read changes the brain".
15:40   Coffee
15:55   Hopi Hoekstra, Harvard University: "Digging for genes that contribute to behavioural evolution in mammals".
16:35   Catherine Dulac, Harvard University: "Sex battles in the brain".

Kavli Symposium on Nanoscience
Location: NTNU, Gløshaugen, The Natural Science Building, Auditorium R9
Moderators: Bjørn Torger Stokke, NTNU, and Thomas Tybell, NTNU

14:00   Opening remarks by Bjørn Torger Stokke, Chair of NTNU NanoLab Board
14:10   Carlos Bustamante, Univ of California, Berkeley, USA: "Discrete Steps and Intersubunit Coordination in a DNA-Packaging Ring ATPase".
14:45   Seeram Ramakrishna, National University of Singapore, Singapore: "Electrospinning - A Means to Innovate for Funding Strapped Researchers".
15:20   Coffee
15:45   Jochen Mannhart, Max Planck Stuttgart, Germany: "Oxide Interfaces – A Fantastic World for Electrons; From MOSFETs to Novel Electron Systems".
16:20   Milena Grifoni, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany: "Spin-dependent phenomena in carbon nanotubes".
16:55   Closing Remarks by Thomas Tybell, NTNU

2014 Kavli Laureate Lecturers

Kavli Laureate, Sir John B Pendry

Sir John B. Pendry  is the Chair in theoretical solid-state physics at Imperial College London, a position that he has held since 1981.


Kavli Laureate Thomas Ebbesen

Thomas Ebbesen  is a Norwegian physical chemist. Ebbesen has worked at the Institut de Science et Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) in Strasbourg, which he directed from 2004 to 2012.


Kavli Laureate Stefan W Hell

Stefan W. Hell  is a German physicist, director of the Max Plank Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany


Kavli Laureate Brenda Milner

Brenda Milner is a Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University and a Professor of Psychology at the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Kavli Laureate John O'KeefeJohn O'Keefe is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University College London. In June 2013, he was appointed as the Inaugural Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre.

Kavli Laureate Marcus E RaichleMarcus E. Raichle is a Professor of Radiology, Neurology, Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis.