Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel to discuss the elusive topic of immortality with one of the most influential artists of our time, Jeff Koons

On 9th of December, 6 Nobel Laureates and world-leading experts will participate in Nobel Week Dialogue to share new scientific and cultural perspectives on ageing. One of the highlights in the programme is a conversation about immortality, between Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel and world-renowned artist Jeff Koons.

STOCKHOLM, 15-10-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — World-leading memory expert and Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel (Medicine, 2000) will discuss the elusive topic of immortality with one of the most influential artists of our time, Jeff Koons. The talk will be moderated by Zeinab Badawi, BBC World News, and live-streamed online at www.nobelweekdialogue.org.

The talk is part of Nobel Week Dialogue, a full-day event and part of the official Nobel Week programme. The event, which is free of charge and open for all to attend, aims to stimulate global dialogue between science and society. Each year, an impressive panel of Nobel Laureates, world-leading experts and inspiring thought leaders come together with live and online audiences to engage in a dialogue about a topic that poses a crucial challenge to our society. This year, Nobel Week Dialogue explores new scientific and cultural perspectives on ageing.

– Nobel Week Dialogue is an innovative platform that brings together science and society, says Mattias Fyrenius, CEO of Nobel Media, the organiser of the event. This year’s theme covers a wide array of issues, including how an ageing population impacts our global economy and where the boundaries for the human life span lie. With this unique constellation of panellists we can expect many thought provoking discussions about the future. The dialogue between Jeff Koons and Eric Kandel is exactly the type of conversation we want to initiate, and with Zeinab Badawi as a moderator, we have a line-up that I am sure will marvel us all.

Among the 6 participating Nobel Laureates are Elizabeth Blackburn (Medicine 2009) and Craig Mello (Medicine 2006) who will talk about the biology of ageing, while Laureates Eric Maskin (Economics 2007) and Daniel McFadden (Economics 2000) will illuminate some of the far-reaching economic implications of the demographic shift.

Other inspiring panellists include Professor Dame Linda Partridge (University College London) who explores how our bodies and minds can stay young, and Professor Cynthia Kenyon, Vice President of Aging Research at Calico Life Sciences, Google’s new science centre that aims to maintain youthfulness and increase quality of life as we age.

Ageing – a global trend

In the year 2000, for the first time in history, there were more people in the world aged 60 or over than there were children below the age of 5. In less than 15 years, the average global life expectancy has increased by six years – undoubtedly one of humanity’s greatest achievements but also a new and global challenge.

Registration is now open on www.nobelweekdialogue.org. More information about the programme and a presentation of participating Nobel Laureates and panellists can also be found here. The event will be streamed live online.

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Date: December 9, 2014
Venue: Stockholm City Conference Centre
Register: www.nobelweekdialogue.org
Streaming: www.nobelweekdialogue.org (December 9, from 09.30 AM, CET)

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Disclaimer: Nobel Media AB is neither directly nor indirectly involved in the process of nominating or selecting Nobel Laureates. These procedures are strictly confidential and regulated by the various Nobel Prize-awarding institutions.

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Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel to discuss the elusive topic of immortality with one of the most influential artists of our time, Jeff Koons

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