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Nobel Prize Laureates to discuss the future of health in Berlin


How can we ensure good healthcare and a healthy life for all? How is climate change affecting our health? These are just some of the questions that will be at the heart of the Nobel Prize Dialogue on Friday 8 November in Berlin, titled "Towards Health: Equality, Responsibility and Research", where five Nobel Prize Laureates will give talks on the future of health research and policy. The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has joined forces with Nobel Media to organise the first Nobel Prize Dialogue held in Germany. We cordially invite you to join us at the event and we would be delighted if you mentioned us in an article or on another media platform.

Nobel Prize Dialogue

"Towards Health: Equality, Responsibility and Research"
Friday 8 November 2019, 10:00am to 5:00pm, doors open at 9:00am
Deutsche Telekom's Representative Office
Friedrichstr. 33 a-c, 10117 Berlin

The speakers at the event will include the two Leopoldina members Harald zur Hausen (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2008) and Edvard Moser (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2014). Alvin Roth (Laureate in Economic Sciences 2012), Tomas Lindahl (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2015), Peter Agre (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2003) and Kristie Ebi from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 will also speak at the dialogue.

The medical scientist Harald zur Hausen received the Nobel Prize for his discovery that human papillomavirus can cause cervical cancer. He has also spent the last few years researching whether the consumption of beef and cows' milk can cause cancer. Edvard Moser is a neuroscientist. He became known for his work on spatial orientation and spatial memory in mammals. The Stanford economist Alvin Roth will be using his appearance at the Nobel Prize Dialogue in Berlin to discuss the exchange model which he developed for living-donor kidney transplantation. This model aims to help alleviate the shortage of donor organs. Tomas Lindahl is a biochemist. His discovery that repair mechanisms of the DNA carrier exist has contributed to the development of anti-cancer drugs. The molecular biologist Peter Agre has focused his research on the fight against malaria. This deadly infectious disease is a major problem in Africa and could once again spread further northward as a result of climate change. Kristie Ebi will also be discussing climate change, specifically its harmful effects on human health.

Other renowned scientists who will be giving talks at the Nobel Prize Dialogue in Berlin include the pharmacologist Heyo Kroemer, head of Charité, the university hospital of Berlin and a member of the Leopoldina; Christiane Woopen, professor for Ethics and Theory of Medicine at the University of Cologne and Chair of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies and Tolu Oni, an epidemiologist and public health physician specialist at the University of Cambridge.

The Nobel Prize Dialogue originated in Sweden, where it has been held since 2012 in the same week as the Nobel Prize awards ceremony. The Nobel Prize Dialogue builds a bridge between research and society as a whole to inspire and honour the human spirit of invention and research as well as collective, creative thinking. The Nobel Prize Dialogue in 2019 will be arranged by Nobel Media in cooperation with National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The German partners of the event are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Volkswagen Foundation, as well as the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, which provide non-material support. Nobel Media arranges the Nobel Prize Series with the kind support from Nobel International Partners 3M, ABB, Ericsson, Scania and Volvo Cars.


The event is open to the public and admission is free. Registration is required at:

The event will be held in English with simultaneous interpreting into German. The presentations will be live streamed from 10:00am at:

If you are a journalist who would like to attend the event, please register by sending an email to, stating your name, the media outlet which will publish your report, and details of any interviews you would like to conduct.

Point of contact:

Dr. Katja Patzwaldt
Scientific Officer of the Presidential Office
German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Tel.: +49 (0)30 203 8997?431

Press contacts:

Caroline Wichmann
Head of the Press and Public Relations Department
German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Tel.: +49 (0)345 472 39?800

Rebecka Oxelström
Public Relations Manager
Nobel Prize Museum/Nobel Media
Tel.: +46 (0)734 12 66 75

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