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Published: 03 Dec, 2020

Online ceremony celebrating the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

NEWS On 10 December, the annual Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies take place and Emmanuelle Charpentier will receive her Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, which was achieved when she was working at Umeå University. Although, the usual ceremony will be held in a new fashion this year – online – which means that more people can join. This page lists the events Emmanuelle Charpentier will take part in.

Text: Johanna Fredriksson

Due to the pandemic, the Nobel Prize Ceremony will be held online this year. The ceremony takes place on 10 December. Nevertheless, the Nobel Foundation have put together an array of online events starting already on Monday.


Check out what Emmanuelle Charpentier will participate in.

Monday 7 December at 19:00 
Due to the Corona Pandemic, a diploma and medal will be presented to Nobel Laureates in their home countries during the week. On Nobel Day, December 10, the presentations will be woven together with speeches and presentations of this year's prizes from Oslo and Stockholm. Emmanuelle Charpentier receives her award delivered by Ambassador Per Thöresson at the Swedish Embassy in Berlin.

Tuesday 8 December at 11:00
Nobel laureates Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna hold their official Nobel lectures.

Watch the Nobel lectures here

Wednesday 9 December at 13:00–15:00 
Emmanuelle Charpentier participates in the Nobel Week Dialogue, which is aimed at bridging science and society together by stimulating discussion at the highest level on a topical science-related theme through bringing together Nobel laureates, the world’s leading scientists and experts, key opinion leaders, policy makers and the general public.

This year’s theme is the Challenge of Learning. Emmanuelle Charpentier will be discussing the topic “Learning in Art and Science” together with the world-renowned pianist Igor Levit.

The event is free of charge and open to everyone this year, but it requires prior registration and a Twebcast account, which you will get through the event registration process.

Register to the event here.

Thursday 10 December at 16:30
Nobel Prize Ceremony. Follow the ceremony on www.umu.se or at Nobelprize.org.

On the same day, an episode of the podcast the Nobel Prize Conversations will be released in which Emmanuelle Charpentier is interviewed about her life, work, failures and achievements.

Listen to the episode here.

Swedish television, SVT, will also be broadcasting the ceremony in the evening of 10 December at 20:00–22:00.

Watch the SVT broadcast

On 7 December, Vetenskapens Värld, a popular science programme on Swedish television will be broadcasting a theme programme of the 2020 Nobel laureates containing a feature from Umeå University. The programme is available from 6 December.

Watch Vetenskapens Värld

The celebration at Umeå University 

Even Umeå University will be adapting their celebrations to the COVID-19 pandemic and not arrange a face-to-face event in conjunction with the Nobel Prize Ceremony on 10 December.

“We are truly proud of Emmanuelle Charpentier and the discoveries she made at Umeå University. We look forward to one day being able to celebrate the Nobel Prize in Chemistry at Umeå University and get the opportunity to invite Emmanuelle Charpentier – which is something we know she is looking forward to as well. But at the moment, the pandemic requires us to take responsibility for our staff, students and fellow citizens,” says Hans Adolfsson, Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University.

Check out digital events

But celebrations will not go completely amiss. Emmanuelle Charpentier and the genome editing tool will be highlighted through Umeå University’s online channels.

Recently, a theme page on umu.se was published containing material linked to CRISPR-Cas9, the Nobel Prize and Emmanuelle Charpentier. It describes the discovery, research conducted using the genome editing tool, contains a list of Umeå University experts in CRISPR-Cas9 and portrays the research environment that Umeå University offers, and which Emmanuelle Charpentier has praised on several occasions in interviews.

Since a few days ago, information about the discovery is published on social media and more interesting posts will be made every day until 10 December at which date you will also be able to follow the ceremony on umu.se. So don’t forget to check out all the exciting events coming up.