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Nobel Prize Conversations – Inspired by nature

Humanities 7 June 2023, 18:30-20:00 CET Madrid

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7 June 2023, 18:30-20:00 CET
Onsite event

Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces. Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity.

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In this conversation with Nobel Prize laureate Morten Meldal we will be exploring the part that nature has played in shaping his approach to scientific exploration. From his earliest expeditions to the forest as a child, to the influence of literature, painting and music, join us as we discuss the factors that help nurture his creativity and curiosity. Be a part of the conversation as we investigate how Meldal himself sees chemistry as the key to discovering the nature of the world around us. He will be joined on stage by Erika Pastrana, editorial director, Nature Journals and Juan Luis Arsuaga, professor of Paleontology, Complutense University of Madrid, for a panel discussion.

  Juan Luis Arsuaga

Juan Luis Arsuaga received the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research in 1997. He has published numerous articles in the field of human evolution in the most prestigious journals (e.g. Science, Nature).


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   Morten Meldal

Morten Meldal is a Danish chemist and professor at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He was awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, alongside Barry Sharpless and Carolyn Bartozzi, for the groundbreaking development of ‘Click chemistry and biorthogonal chemistry’.

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Photo credit: Lars Krabbe

 Erika Pastrana

Erika Pastrana has a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and was granted a doctorate at the same university, investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for promoting the regeneration of damaged axons in the mammalian central nervous system.


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   Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra

Diplomat and ambassador, he has been Director General of the Ramón Areces Foundation since 2008. Previously, his professional career was spent in the Foreign Service of Spain.



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  Adam Smith

Adam Smith is Chief Scientific Officer for Nobel Prize Outreach. His background is in scientific research and science publishing.



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   Laura Sprechmann

Laura Sprechmann is CEO for Nobel Prize Outreach, the company that aims to spread knowledge and raise interest in the Nobel Prize-awarded achievements to a global audience, through digital media and international events.


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