Voices on the Nobel Center

The objective of Voices on the Nobel Center is to give a wide range of individuals the opportunity to speak their minds regarding the project. This will provide the basis for a broader dialogue on the Center’s future home in central Stockholm, Sweden. Voices on the Nobel Center brings together people from various sectors of society who may or may not have ties to Nobel – and the list of partners is constantly growing and changing.

Follow the links at the top for additional details about the project.

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“So anything that the Nobel Center does draws attention”

– Muhammad Yunus,2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006 for their work to “create economic and social development from below”.

“We need always to be fighting ignorance and prejudice”

– Elizabeth H. Blackburn, 2009 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009 was awarded to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider, Jack W. Szostak “for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase”

“The Museum will be wonderful”

– Michael Levitt, 2013 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Michael Levitt was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel. His affiliation at the time of the award was Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA. The Prize motivation was as follows: “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems”.


“The Nobel Center can tell us something about history but also look in to the future and say these are the challenges we need to address”

– Danica Kragic, Professor

Danica Kragic is a Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

“It is going to be the program and the future Nobel Prizes that will give identity to the building”

– Olafur Eliasson, Artist

Artist Olafur Eliasson grew up in Iceland and Denmark and studied, from 1989 to 1995, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995, he moved to Berlin and founded Studio Olafur Eliasson, which today encompasses some ninety craftsmen, specialised technicians, architects, archivists, administrators, programmers, art historians, and cooks. Since the mid-1990s, Eliasson has realised numerous major exhibitions and projects around the world. During the 2015 Nobel Week Eliasson was responsible for the public artwork Your Star that shined in the sky above Stockholm.


“I’m optimistic about the Nobel Center because I view it in the context of Stockholm and Sweden in 50 or 100 years.”

-Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling was a Professor of Global Health at Karolinska Institutet and co-founder of Gapminder Foundation. He was also one of the co-founders of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Sweden as well as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


“It is an exciting development that Stockholm finally gets a place for the arts and the science.”

– Torsten Wiesel, 1981 Nobel Laureate in Medicine

Torsten Wiesel, a Swedish neuroscientist and physician, is the Scientific Patron and Honorary Member of the Young Academy of Sweden. In 1981 Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with David H. Hubel (the other half awarded to Roger Sperry). They were awarded the prize for their studies of how visual information is transmitted to and processed in the brain’s visual cortex and how the underlying circuits are established during development.


“We envisioned a building that interacts with the entire city.”

– Gert Wingårdh, Architect

Gert Wingårdh is one of Sweden’s leading architects. He was one of three finalist in the architectural competition for Nobel Center. His designs include the House of Sweden in Washington D.C., the Swedish Embassy in Berlin, Emporia in Malmö, Kuggen in Gothenburg and Victoria Tower in Kista. He holds an honorary Doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology.


“It’s an excellent idea to provide a forum for people to look at, listen to, learn about and discuss scientific issues.”

– Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, President of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, LO

Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson is president of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, LO. He previously served as union-political ombudsman at IF Metall. Mr Thorwaldsson is a member of the Social Democratic Party Executive and Executive Committee.


“Both SVT and Nobel are essentially focused on promoting knowledge and democracy.”

– Eva Hamilton, Former CEO of SVT, Sweden’s Public Service Television

Eva Hamilton is the former CEO of SVT, Sweden’s public service television company. She is currently chair of the board of Radiotjänst (the Swedish radio and TV fee organisation) and Radiohjälpen Foundation, and is a board member of companies and organisations including Lindex, LKAB, Fortum and Nobel Center. She is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ Business Executive Council.


“The Nobel Prize is known throughout the world as the most prestigious award there is.”

– Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of the board, BP and Volvo Group

Carl-Henric Svanberg is Chairman of the board in BP and Volvo Group. He has previously held positions such as CEO of ASSA Abloy AB and of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.


“The Nobel Center will inspire new generations.”

-Leif Johansson, Chairman of the Board, AstraZeneca and Ericsson

Leif Johansson is Chairman of the Board in AstraZeneca and Ericsson. Further, he is chairman of the board in The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and in the Nobel Foundation’s International Advisory Board.


“The Nobel Center will give the cultural world a much needed boost.”

-Sigge Eklund, Author

Sigge Eklund is an author and one of the founders of Alex och Sigges podcast.


“I think this is a very great initiative.”

-Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 Nobel Laureate in Literature

The Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa received the Nobel Prize in Literature 2010. The interview was made during his visit to the Nobel Museum in Stockholm on 23 May 2014.


“One key aspect of the Nobel Center will be the focus on education.”

-Marika Hedin, Museum Curator, Museum Gustavianum

Marika Hedin is Museum Curator of Museum Gustavianum in Uppsala, as well as advisor and coordinator of strategic development for the Nobel Center.


“The Nobel Center manifests the soul of Stockholm.”

-Björn Ulvaeus, Songwriter, Producer and former member of ABBA

Björn Ulvaeus – a former member of ABBA – is one of Sweden’s best-known songwriters and producers.


“It would be an honor for us to have a Nobel Center in Gothenburg.”

-Anneli Hulthén, Mayor of Gothenburg, Social Democratic Party

Anneli Hulthén is a Social Democratic politician and the Mayor of Gothenburg. She is a former member of the Swedish Parliament and the European Parliament. Ms. Hulthén currently chairs Business Region Gothenburg.


“The Nobel Center can create an physical place that embodies the ideals of the Nobel Prize.”

-Gunnar von Heijne, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, Stockholm University

Gunnar von Heijne is Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at Stockholm University. He previously served as chairman, and is currently a member of, the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. Professor von Heijne is one of Sweden’s most cited scientists in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology.


“Blasieholmen is ideal as a venue where science and the community interact.”

-Göran K Hansson, Professor of Cardiovascular Research

Göran K Hansson is Professor of Cardiovascular Research at the Karolinska Institute. He is also a member of, as well as Permanent Secretary elect of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Further, he has been both Chairman and Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine and serves as Deputy Chairman on the Board of Directors of the Nobel Foundation.


“The Nobel Center highlights a unique part of our history.”

-Joakim Larsson, Oppositional Vice Mayor, City of Stockholm, Conservative Party

Joakim Larsson is a Conservative Party politician in the City of Stockholm.


“For many years, the City of Stockholm has wanted to use Blasieholmen for something like this.”

-Roger Mogert, Vice Mayor of City Planning and Culture, City of Stockholm. Social Democratic Party

Roger Mogert is a Social Democratic politician and Vice Mayor of City Planning and Culture for the City of Stockholm.


“We want to create a place where people discuss the decisive issues of our time.”

-Lars Heikensten, Executive Director, the Nobel Foundation

Lars Heikensten is the Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation. His previous positions include Governor of the Swedish Central Bank (2003-05) and Swedish board member of the European Court of Auditors (2006-11). Mr. Heikensten is one of the driving forces behind the creation of a Nobel Center at Blasieholmen in Stockholm, Sweden.


“We are very pleased with how things are progressing.”

-Sigbrit Franke, Member of the board, The Erling-Persson Family Foundation

Sigbrit Franke is a member of the board of The Erling-Persson Family Foundation, one of the Nobel Center’s main donors. She has previously served as Chancellor of the Swedish Universities and Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University.


“Our donation is not contingent on architectural design.”

-Göran Sandberg – Executive Director, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

Göran Sandberg is Executive Director of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, one of the Nobel Center’s main donors. He is also Professor of Plant Physiology and former Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University.

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