Banking on the tremendous success of the first edition of the Nobel Prize Series - India held in Gujarat during January 2017, the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, is all set to host the second edition of the event on Febraury 1-2, 2018. As a precursor to this event, the department has signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nobel Media AB and the Government of Goa on the 3rd of November, 2017. 

The beautiful state of Goa is chosen as the host for the second edition of Nobel Prize Series - India with the events to be held in Panjim. The MoU was signed between Dr. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, Mattias Fyrenius, CEO, Nobel Media AB, Sweden and Daulat A. Hawaldar, Secretary, Science and Technology, Government of Goa, in the presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa Mr. Manohar Parrikar. 

The Nobel Prize Series aims to stimulate creative thinking among the attendees by bringing together Nobel Laureates, other experts and lifelong learners. This unique programme combines an exhibition, conference, lectures, roundtables and other meeting spaces. By sharing achievements and stories of the Nobel Laureates with a global audience, this official Nobel programme inspires engagement in science, literature and peace in line with Alfred Nobel’s vision. 

Earlier, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on September 1, 2016 between the Government of India (GOI) and the Nobel Media AB, for jointly organizing the Nobel Prize Series in India for the next five years. Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, represented the Government of India.

Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, DBT, noted, “the Nobel Prize Series provides a great platform for all audiences interested in science, by giving an opportunity to learn from Nobel Laureates. The talks, exhibitions and lectures pave a way for inspiring many young minds to pursue science education and bring the best out of them. The first edition of the event was a grand success and saw participation from young minds across the country. DBT hopes that the second edition of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the lives and works of some of the greatest scientists in the world, will be met with similar success and will inspire even more people to participate for the cause of science. We thank the Government of Goa for partnering to host this important event.”