For the jubilee character the ISABS conference, we wish to present a special session for the general public. We envision the "Nobel Spirit" session on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 to stimulate public discussion on the role of science in solving global health issues, acute regional problems such as brain drain, demographic decline, as well as cultural and social change. The confirmed participants are professors Ada Yonath, Robert Huber,, Paul Modrich and Harald zur Hausen. The session will be open to the public with the audience including Government ministers, members of the Parliament, hospital and institute directors, university rectors, deans of schools, journalists as well as delegates from various countries. We deem particularly important the presence in the audience of high school and university students. We plan the session with each speaker presenting the discoveries for which they’ve been honored, followed by the moderated round table with the aim to inspire dialogue.
Born: 22 June 1939, Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine (now Israel)
Affiliation at the time of the award: Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Prize motivation: "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome"
Field: biochemistry, structural chemistry
Born: February 20, 1937 (age 79) Munich
Alma mater: Technical University Munich
Known for: Cyanobacteria Crystallography
Notable awards: Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1988), ForMemRS (1999)
Affiliation at the time of the award: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Durham, NC, USA, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA
Prize motivation: "for mechanistic studies of DNA repair"
Born 11 March 1936 (age 80)
Institutions: German Cancer Research Center University of Heidelberg
Known for: Discovery that HPV can cause cervical cancer
Notable awards: Ernst Jung Prize (1996)
Prince Mahidol Award (2005)
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2008)