Free events in honor of the Nobel Prize

Between 7 and 14 October, this year’s Nobel Prizes will be announced and the world’s gaze will be directed at Stockholm. During this week, the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm and a roster of partners are putting on a series of interesting events – Nobel Calling Stockholm – with a focus on science, literature and peace efforts around the world.

Free events in honor of the Nobel Prize
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For those of you who will be in or around Stockholm next week, we have curated a list of events that we think will be of special interest to you as future global leaders. All of the events below are free of charge and will be held in English.

The history of the Nobel Prize

During this hour-long lecture, Olof Somell, Project Manager at the Nobel Prize Museum, will walk the audience through the history of the Nobel Prize. Attendees can expect to learn more about how the prestigious award has evolved over the years and the impact that Nobel Laureates have had and continue to have on the world.

When: October 7, 10:30 – 11.30

Where: Stockholm University, Studenthuset

Frank Wilczek on physics, the Nobel Prize, beauty and knowledge

A collaboration between Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and Stockholm University, in this talk the Nobel-prize winning physicist Frank Wilczek will talk around his theory that beauty is the organizing principle guiding the whole universe. Frank Wilczek, who was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the fundamental equations behind the force that holds atomic nuclei together, is a professor of theoretical physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent book is A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design.

When: October 7, 19:30 – 21.00

Where: Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Under the Fountain, Sergels torg

“Talk about” – a series of daily mini-lectures

Every afternoon next week, the Nobel Prize Museum hosts a mini-lecture on following that day’s Nobel prize announcement. Led by the museum’s knowledgeable specialists, the 15-minute talks, which will take place in the museum restaurant, will provide in-depth looks at the subjects at hand and will explain what this year’s Laureate(s) have accomplished.

When: Every day at 16:00

Where: Bistro Nobel, Nobel Prize Museum

The Nobel Walk at Stockholm University

This is a guided tour of Stockholm University which focuses on the University’s Nobel Laureates to date. During the tour, Anders Bárány, Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics and former secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physics, will talk about Svante Arrheniu, who predicted the greenhouse effect more than 100 years ago, and Gunnar Myrdal, one of the 20th century’s leading economists.

When: 14:00 – 15:30, October 8

Where: Gather up by the Metro stop Universitetet

More events can be found here.


Lagom: The best way to achieve social health?

Ronoh Philip, who is studying for his masters degree in Infectious Disease Control at Södertörn University, explains why he thinks the Swedish concept of 'lagom' is the best way to achieve good social health.

Lagom: The best way to achieve social health?

During my one week orientation program on August 2019 at Södertörn University, we were presented with many aspects of Swedish culture and practices. One of the new aspects that I learnt was the “lagom culture”, As I quote one of the presenters about applying lagom to our studies, he said: ”Lagom will reduce your stressful burdens of hectic lecture schedules and ensure that you spend equal time of working and socializing in the university.”

So being a student with a background in public health and society, I got interested and searched for the deeper meaning of lagom, and how it can  apply to society and health. I found out that it is a Swedish way of life, it is a concept which means not too much and not too little, just enough. I learnt that it came from a Viking tradition laget om which means 'around the group' and was allegedly used to describe just how much mead or soup one should drink when passing the bowl around in the group.

If this concept is applied to achieve social health goals, it would really fit well. So, what is social health at first? Social health is how you interact with other people and adapt in different situations, it deals with how people in society deal with each other. It is important to note that there is a close link between good social health and improvement of the other aspects of human health, this can lead to the achievement of SDG goal of good health and wellbeing. It also leads to self-satisfaction and happiness; no wonder Sweden is ranked as one the happiest countries in the world. It is ranked 7th in 2019, according to world happiness report. I believe lagom has a big role in this achievement.

In the country where I come from, Kenya, one of the greatest challenges we face in our society, is the ability for people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds to interact and form positive and cohesive relationships with each other. From my perspective, when I finish my studies and return, lagom will be worth implementing in the workplace, the place where I live and the society as whole, as it is the best way of finding simple, attainable solutions to our everyday worries like stress, eating better, having downtime and achieving happiness. It’s a balance of work and life, so everything is in sustainable existence with each other.

My goal during my entire university studies at Södertörn, will be to learn more about the lagom principle and also be able to apply it on our SI NFGL Local Network platform, because it is surely one of the best ways to achieve a good  work-life balance, reaching consensus with my colleagues and adapting a team minded approach in dealing with issues in an organization and the society.