The Kavli Prize Laureates in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience received their prizes from His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon at an award ceremony in Oslo Concert Hall today, Monday 6 September. The Kavli Prize consists of USD 1 million in each of the fields. In addition the laureates receive a gold medal and a scroll. The American actor Alan Alda and the Norwegian actress Lena Kristin Ellingsen were the masters of ceremonies.
See also: The Kavli Prize Week 2016
Nine pioneering scientists from Germany, Switzerland, the UK and USA have been named this year’s recipients of the Kavli Prizes. The winners will receive a gold medal, a scroll and their share of the prize money.
This year’s laureates were selected for the direct detection of gravitational waves, the invention and realization of atomic force microscopy, and for the discovery of mechanisms that allow experience and neural activity to remodel brain function.
Alan Alda, American actor, director and author, and the Norwegian actor Lena Ellingsen will be hosting the Award Ceremony.
The gala performance unites science and culture in an event including a broad range of musical expressions featuring artists who have shown their excellence in music.
Masters of Ceremony
Alan Alda is an American actor, director, writer and seven-time Emmy Award winner. His long time interest in science and promoting a greater public understanding of science led him to host the award-winning PBS series, "Scientific American Frontiers," on which he interviewed hundreds of scientists from around the world. He is a Visiting Professor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and is on the Board of the World Science Festival.
Lena Ellingsen is a Norwegian actress. In 2009 she received a Gullruten for Best Actress in a Lead Role for her work on the TV series “Himmelblå,” and in 2015 she received a Hedda Award for her supporting role in the musical “Dido + Aeneas." She is mainly known for her lead role in the Norwegian TV series “Mammon,” but is also a highly acclaimed theater actress who is engaged at The National Theater where she has performed in multiple plays over the years.
Silya Nymoen is a Norwegian singer, songwriter and performer. She records and performs live with her band Silya & The Sailors. With an education from Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO) as a dancer, she has also done musicals and theatre. She has appeared on TV several times as an artist, actress and presenter.
Juice Crew is a Norwegian dance crew from Oslo. They were established by Moh Dasoki, Raid Al-Idani and Hassan Elahi in the spring of 2011. From then they have been sharing their knowledge and dance style through workshops and showcases, also on national TV shows, including "Norway’s Got Talent" and "Mitt Dansecrew." They are a great example of the power of collaboration. Separately, they are great dancers; collectively, they represent something much more.
Tine Thing Helseth
Tine Thing Helseth has established herself as one of the world’s leading solo trumpetists, with a soft, clear and distinct sound, and with the whole world as her stage. She’s performed as a soloist with many of the world’s leading symphonic orchestras as well as all major Norwegian orchestras.
Birgitta Oftestad and Nikita Khnykin
Birgitta Oftestad (born 2002) is a young Norwegian cellist and Nikita Khnykin (born 2003) a pianist. They are both students at the Young Talents program of Barratt Due Institute of Music, Oslo, as well as participants of the national Crescendo mentor program for Young Talents (2016). Birgitta plays on a cello “ex. Perenyi," owned by Dextra Musica. In September 2016, Nikita will represent Norway at the International Steinway Piano Festival in Hamburg.