Nobel Week guests of honour arriving in Stockholm

For the 2010 Nobel Laureates, two intensive months have passed since the year’s Nobel Prizes were announced in October. Nine Laureates are now arriving in Stockholm to be honoured during a week of scientific and cultural events, culminating in the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and the Nobel Banquet on December 10. The Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded on the same day in Oslo.

The Nobel Week will begin on December 6 with an informal visit to the Nobel Museum in the old Stock Exchange building in Stockholm’s Old Town. On the following days, December 7 and 8, the Laureates will deliver their Nobel Lectures. The lectures will be held in the Aula Magna at Stockholm University (Physics, Chemistry and Economic Sciences) and at the Swedish Academy (Literature).

The Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Robert G. Edwards, will not be present in Stockholm for reasons of health. On December 7, a symposium will be held in his honour at Karolinska Institutet, where three prominent researchers in his field will speak, including a long-time colleague of the Laureate, Professor Martin H. Johnson.

On December 8, the Laureates can enjoy this year’s Nobel Prize Concert, featuring the world-famous American violinist Joshua Bell and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo. The concert is being organised by Nobel Media AB, in partnership with the Stockholm Concert Hall.

The Nobel Day, December 10, will begin with the traditional Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall, where this year’s Laureates will receive their Nobel medals and diplomas. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Gustaf Sjökvist, will provide musical interludes. The soloist will be Katarina Karnéus, mezzo soprano, who will perform works by Gluck and Rossini. In charge of the floral arrangements at the Concert Hall is Helén Magnusson of Hässelby Blommor.

At the subsequent Nobel Banquet at the Stockholm City Hall, guests will enjoy the 2010 Nobel menu and a divertissement created by choreographer Birgitta Egerbladh − a specially composed piece of entertainment for which she gained inspiration from the Nobel Banquet itself and from the creative research process. Gunnar Kaj is in charge of the floral arrangements at the City Hall.

In charge of composing this year’s menu are Niclas Wahlström, A Kind of Cooking AB, and Magnus Johansson of the Stockholm dessert café Xoko. In charge of presenting the Banquet is the Stadshuskällaren (City Hall Cellar) restaurant − part of Profilrestauranger − through its General Manager, Patrik Högberg, and its Chef de Cuisine, Gunnar Eriksson. Gastronomic advisors to the Nobel Foundation are Fredrik Eriksson, Långbro Värdshus, Artistic Leader of Restaurangakademien, and Gert Klötzke, Professor of Gastronomy at Umeå University.

The official Nobel Week programme will conclude on December 12 with individual visits by the Laureates to the Nobel Foundation. There they will discuss the details concerning the transfer of their prize money and retrieve their medals and diplomas, which will have been displayed in the Golden Hall of the Stockholm City Hall during the Nobel Banquet. 

Follow the Nobel Week on

All Nobel Lectures will be broadcasted live on and will later be available on the same website in video-on-demand format. The award ceremonies in Oslo and Stockholm will be broadcasted live on starting at 1.00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. CET, respectively.

During the Nobel Week, Nobel Media AB will conduct interviews with the Laureates, which will be published in video-on-demand format on at a later time.

The television programme Nobel Minds, a co-production of Sveriges Television and BBC World on behalf of Nobel Media AB, will be available on later. In this year’s edition of Nobel Minds, which will be videotaped during the Nobel Week, the discussion will be moderated by Matt Frei of the BBC.

Material that will be published on

Supplementary information memo on the Nobel Week for the press: December 3, 1.00 p.m.
Seating chart for the Table of Honour at the Nobel Banquet: December 9, 2.00 p.m.
Presentation speeches at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony: December 10, 4.30 p.m.
The menu from the Nobel Banquet: December 10, 7.00 p.m.
The Laureates’ speeches of thanks at the Banquet will be published later during the evening of December 10.

Press conferences during the 2010 Nobel Week

December 6: 12.00 noon, at the Swedish Academy, for the Laureate in Literature. For information: 

December 7: 9.00 a.m., at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, for the Laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Economic Sciences. For information:

December 9: 1.45 p.m., under the auspices of the Japanese Embassy, at the Grand Hôtel, Royals Festvåning, for this year’s Japanese Laureates. The press conference will be held in Japanese. For information:

For further information on the Nobel Week programme and for contact details on the above-mentioned organisations, please visit the Nobel Foundation press room at

Contact: Annika Pontikis, Public Relations Manager, Nobel Foundation
E-mail:, tel: +46 8 663 14 70.  

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