Nobel Week 2014
A year ago I was sitting in my office, trying understand what's going on in my home country, Ukraine, and thinking about the future... I couldn’t even imagine then, that in a year I would “touch to the nobility”... Frankly, to see Nobel Laureates in reality had been my unreal dream (at least, it seemed to be unreal) since school times.
Anyway, when you think and dream globally – the dreams come true in advance.
So, this year it was my “Age to come” and participate in two events during the Nobel Week in Stockholm (Nobel Dialogue devoted to the topic of ageing, and Nobel Minds TV program with the current Nobel Laureates).
9th of December. The Nobel Dialogue
Six Nobel Laureates from the past years (Elizabeth Blackburn, Aaron Ciechanover, Eric Kandel, Eric Maskin, Daniel McFadden and Craig Mello) and famous professors from Stanford, Oxford and Harvard in the one stage at the same time seemed like it was a anniversary celebration of TEDx!
Notwithstanding, I am a lawyer, it was so fascinating for me to get knowledge from medicine, biology, economics etc!
E.g., Prof. Andrew Oswald from the University of Warwick proved the thesis that Nobel Laureates live longer because they feel happier.
Swedish Minister of Enterprise and Innovation Michael Damberg told us about the national policy for older people.
I really appreciated a speech by Laura Carstensen, professor of Psychology at Stanford University. She brilliantly explained the main difference between youth and elderly people. “In youth, people strive to expand horizons, acquire knowledge, meet new people and take chances. While with age, people try to live in the moment, know what’s important, invest in sure things, deepen relationships and savor life”, - she said.
The next session was devoted to the panel discussions between previous Nobel Laureates and famous scientists from worldwide on three main topics – Science, Innovation and Economics of ageing.
The Nobel Dialogue was finished with two discussions between Nobel Laureates of different years – “Immortality in Art and Science” and “Scenario Mapping: What Can We Say About the Future?”
What is interesting, that conclusion was quite clear – the human being cannot be immortal, but s/he can delay the ageing and age diseases.
10th of December. The Nobel Museum
Next day, the day of Nobel Prize ceremony, I came to the Nobel Museum, the perfect place to know more about the Nobel Prize and to watch the Nobel Ceremony alive.
I was definitely impressed by the student exhibition there. Design students tried to show the Nobel Laureates 2014 and their inventions (or books, ideas) through the dresses and music. Paris-style Literature dress for Patrick Modiano and military style half-leather dress for two Nobel Laureates in Peace were the most inspiring for me.
11th of December. Nobel Minds
And finally, the long-awaited event Nobel Minds, where students from Sweden had a chance to meet the current Nobel Laureates in reality!
I was so proud to meet and had an exciting and inspiring conversation with the only one female Laureate May-Britt Moser (apart from Malala), and with a famous World's BBC journalist and broadcaster for the program Nobel Minds Zeinab Badawi. Two successful women showed me the right "direction" and motivated me to strive to the new aims.
Wish you a good luck and a Happy New Year! And let your dreams come true in 2015!
And don't miss your chance to participate in the Nobel Dialogue next year in Gothenburg ;)