2016 Kavli Prize Laureates Announcement, Direct from the Norwegian Academy of Science & Letters

On June 2nd, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced the 2016 Kavli Prize Laureates in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience. The event was webcast live from Oslo, Norway. (Note: this webcast did not include the program from the World Science Festival.)

Webcast from the Norwegian Academy of Science & Letters, Oslo and the World Science Festival, New York

Announcement of the 2016 Kavli Prize Laureates

This is the announcement only from the Norwegian Academy of Science & Letters. To watch the announcements from Oslo and the program from the World Science Festival, click here.


Live from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo, the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced the 2016 Kavli Prize laureates, with presentations by the Kavli Prize Committee Chairs. Moderator, science writer Adam Rutherford.

Ole M. SejerstedOle M. Sejersted (Presenter) is President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and Professor and Head of the Institute for Experimental Research at the University of Oslo. Founded in 1857, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters is a non-governmental, nationwide body which embraces all fields of learning. The Academy acts as a national contact body both within the individual scientific disciplines and between these, and represents Norwegian science vis-à-vis foreign academies and other international scientific organizations.


Adam RutherfordAdam Rutherford (Moderator) is a science writer and broadcaster with a degree in evolutionary biology and a PhD in genetics. He is currently an editor at the science journal Nature where he makes podcasts and and short films about new research, and writes for The Guardian (United Kingdom). As a science writer, he covers all fields while specializing in evolution and human biology. Adam has made "Men In White" for Channel 4 (UK), "The Cell" and "The Gene Code" for BBC 4. The former was broadcast in over 40 countries and placed in the Daily Telegraph’s list of 10 Classic science programs. He has conducted several interviews for The Culture Show, BBC 2.

Mats CarlssonMats Carlsson, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, UiO, Norway (Astrophysics Chair)

Professor Mats Carlsson’s academic interests include solar physics, stellar atmosphere modeling, radiation magneto hydrodynamics and space projects. He has the following appointments member of European Space Agency Space Science Advisory Committee (SSAC), President for European Association for Solar Telescopes (EAST), board member at UNINETT Sigma, board member at Norwegian Space Centre (NSC), member of Science Working Group, Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) and member of Board of Reviewing Editors (BRE) in Science magazine.

Arne BrataasArne BrataasDepartment of Physics, NTNU, Norway (Nanoscience Chair)

Professor Arne Brataas received his Ph.D. in physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1998. He was a postdoctoral fellow at TU Delft and Harvard University, and has been a professor at his alma mater since 2002. He is the chairman of the Kavli Prize committee in Nanoscience and a recipient of the 2015 ERC Advanced Grant. His main interest is in the theory of spin transport and dynamics in insulating and conducting nanostructured materials. 

Ole Petter OttersenOle Petter Ottersen, Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, UiO, Norway (Neuroscience Chair)

Professor Ole Petter Ottersen is a physician, scholar, and the University of Oslo's elected rector for the period of 2013-2017. Ottersen leads a broad-based team whose objective is to promote the quality of research and tuition at all faculties, and his team aims to develop the University of Oslo into an internationally leading university with academic breadth centred around research. Ottersen has published over 300 articles about cell biology and neuroanatomy, with an emphasis on signal transduction and synaptic transmission, and has received a number of awards for his research, including the Anders Jahre Medical Prize for Young Scientists in 1990 and the Anders Jahre Award for Medical Research (main award) in 2008.