Nobel Spirit

Nobel Spirit is a special session of the ISABS conference for the general public. The aim is 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 next Nobel Spirit session will be held as part of the 13th ISABS conference in Split, on June 19, 2024, with the participation of Nobel laureates:



The last Nobel Spirit televised session (Croatian Radiotelevision), as part of the 12th ISABS conference, was held on Friday, June 24, 2022.  with the participation of Nobel laureates:

  • Aaron Ciechanover (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2004; Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel),
  • Sir Richard John Roberts (Nobel Prize in medicine in Physiology and Medicine 1993; Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA & New England Biolabs, Ipswich, MA, USA),
  • Thomas Südhof (Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine 2013; University of Stanford, Palo Alto, CA, USA).

The session was 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.  A session was held with each speaker presenting the discoveries for which they’ve been honored, followed by the moderated round table with the aim to inspire dialogue.

12th Conference Nobel Spirit Gallery

11th ISABS Conference - Nobel Spirit

10th ISABS Conference - Nobel Spirit