2018 Kavli Prize Laureates Announcements:

Live webcast and Program: http://www.kavliprize.org/

May 31st 8:30-10:00am EDT/2:30-4pm CEST

Keynote speaker: Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson Ph.D., President, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute

Watch the live webcast of the 2018 Kavli Prize laureate announcements by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo, Norway, and live coverage of a special Prize program from the World Science Festival in New York City, including a special keynote address by the Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for pioneering advances in our understanding of existence at its biggest, smallest, and most complex scales. Presented every two years in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, each of three prizes consists of USD $1 million. Laureates are nominated by committees whose members are recommended by The Chinese Academy of Sciences, The French Academy of Sciences, The Max Planck Society (Germany), The National Academy of Sciences (US), The Royal Society (UK) and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. From these nominations, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters selects the laureates.

First awarded in 2008, the Kavli Prizes have so far honored 47 scientists from 11 countries – France, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Winners receive gold medals in Oslo, Norway, in a ceremony presided over by His Majesty King Harald. A banquet takes place at Oslo’s famed City Hall. The Kavli Prize is a partnership between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation (USA) and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.


2016 Science Communication Workshop and public talk by Alan Alda

“Getting Beyond a Blind Date with Sceince”
Presented by Alan Alda

7:30pm Monday, May 16, 2016
Cornell’s Bailey Hall
Doors open at 6:30pm
Tickets are free but required


“Replicators, Transformers, and Robot Swarms: Science Fiction through Geometric Algorithms”

2016 Kavli Lecture
Presented by Erik Demaine, MIT

4:00pm Tuesday, March 8
120 Physical Sciences Building
Refreshments 3:30-3:50pm

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Due to the overwhelming success of the 2013 KIC Science Communications Workshop with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, we be hosting another Science Communications Workshop in 2016 – stay tuned for event details!



“Majorana Fermions: From Particle Physics on a Chip to Topological Quantum Computing”

2015 Kavli Lecture
Presented by Leo Kouwenhoven (Delft)

4:00pm Monday, November 30, 2015
Schwartz Auditorium
Rockefeller Hall
Refreshments 3:30-3:50pm

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  • The Kavli Foundation advances science for the benefit of humanity and promotes increased public understanding and support for scientists and their work.

    Read about exciting new research in nano, neuro and astro at Curious Stardust, the new Kavli Blog.

    Other Kavli Institutes in Nanoscience:

    Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology (KNI)

    Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology (TU-Delft)

    Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology at Harvard University (KIBST)

    Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley (ENSI)

  • Contact

    Kavli Institute at Cornell for
    Nanoscale Science
    420 Physical Sciences Building
    Ithaca, NY 14853
    Caroline Brockner, Program Asst.
    Phone: 607-255-5580
    Email: kicnano@cornell.edu