Benjamin List participates in Nobel Festivities
Nobel Laureates of 2021 are invited for the official ceremony of 2022
Benjamin List, director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and Chemistry Nobel Laureate of 2021, has visited Stockholm for the Nobel Festivities 2022. It was a week packed with an exciting program.
Big applause in the packed Stockholm Concert Hall: Benjamin List and David MacMillan, winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, get up from their seats on stage and wave to the crowd with a beaming smile. What could only be celebrated remotely last year due to corona, finally worked again in presence in 2022: The Nobel laureates visited the Swedish capital, met the royal family and were extensively celebrated on invitation of the Nobel Foundation.
Highlight of the festivities was the ceremony on Saturday, December 10. This traditional gala and the subsequent royal banquet were preceded by a week packed with an exciting program: Among other things, Benjamin List and his colleagues visited Stockholm University to give lectures to the students. Visits to Swedish schools were also on the agenda: Getting young people excited about science - this is a major concern not only for Benjamin List, but also for the entire Nobel Foundation.
As part of the publicly held "Nobel Week Dialogues," Benjamin List exchanged ideas with other scientists from various disciplines about the future of life on Earth and elsewhere in the universe. In a roundtable discussion with paraplegic athlete Birgit Skarstein, he spoke about drastic life experiences and how to remain confident even in difficult times.
The stay in Stockholm traditionally includes a visit to the Nobel Museum, where Nobel laureates donate objects and mementos as exhibits to commemorate their research. Benjamin List presented an old proline vial and the analytical results of his first experiments as an independent scientist.