2016-10-27 – School programmes inspire a donation of 50 million Swedish kronor to the Nobel Center

Press release
October 27, 2016

One of the largest foundations in Denmark, A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (the A.P. Møller Foundation), has chosen to donate 50 million Swedish kronor  to the Nobel Center. The Center’s future activities aimed at inspiring school children and their teachers around the world were crucial to the Foundation’s decision to donate funds.

“The A.P. Møller Foundation is an organisation with a deep commitment to society that supports many projects each year, often with a focus on children’s and young people’s learning. This donation now brings us very close to our goal of raising 1.2 billion Swedish kronor for the construction of the Nobel Center,” says Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation.

It is unusual for the A.P. Møller Foundation to support major projects outside Denmark. Crucial to this decision were the unique position of the Nobel Foundation in the world and the Nobel Center’s planned efforts to reach out to young people, not only in the Nordic countries but all over the world.

The Nobel Center will be able to accommodate 10-12 school classes per day. Together, pupils and teachers will seek knowledge, experiment and discover. Encounters with Nobel Laureates will be one of the Center’s strengths – via exhibitions and stories, but also through more personal encounters when Laureates are present in Stockholm. With the aid of digital technology including internet-based programmes and activities, the Center will also engage schools around the world.

The idea is that the stories of the Nobel Laureates’ discoveries and works, the journeys they have undertaken, their persistence, courage and passion will help pupils themselves feel engaged and believe that they can influence and improve the world. Specific spaces at the Nobel Center will be dedicated to welcoming school groups, and the exhibitions in the building will also be one natural element of the visitor experience for school classes.

The financing of the Nobel Center
The construction of the Nobel Center will be financed by means of private donations. As early as 2013, donations totalling SEK 800 million from the Erling-Persson Family Foundation and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation laid the foundation for creating a Nobel Center. Since then additional funds have been raised from private individuals, foundations and companies. The donation from the A.P. Møller Foundation brings the total amount raised to nearly SEK 1.1 billion of the budgeted SEK 1.2 billion.

More about the A.P. Møller Foundation
A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (the A.P. Møller Foundation) was established in 1953. In the classic philanthropic spirit, it supports a very broad spectrum of projects, especially in Denmark. This includes funding for culture, research and educational institutions, cultural heritage, scouting and other youth activities, church environments, sport, shipping, vulnerable groups and the Danish minority in southern Schleswig (now part of Germany). The largest recent donations include support for the new Opera in Copenhagen, Danish primary schools, university student housing in Odense, Nyborg Castle on the island of Fyn, the Hammershus medieval fortification on the island of Bornholm and the A.P. Møller School in Schleswig. For further information about the Foundation, see: http://www.mmm.maersk.com/en/Levnedsbeskrivelse/Temaer/Fondenes-virke/

About the Nobel Center
The Nobel Center on the Blasieholmen peninsula in central Stockholm will build its public activities around exhibitions, school programmes, meetings and lectures about the Nobel Prize’s unique combination of subject areas – natural sciences, literature and peace. Based on the Nobel Prize-winning contributions and inspiring stories of the Laureates, the Nobel Center will be able to examine history as well as our own era and the major issues that are crucial to our world and our future. The building was designed by David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger, who were selected in April 2014 by a unanimous jury as winners of the Nobel Center architectural competition.

For further information, please contact
Rebecka Oxelström, Head of Communications, Nobel Center
Rebecka.oxelstrom@nobelcenter.se, +46 734 12 66 75