RWTH Explains the 2023 Nobel Prize


As part of the RWTH Explains the 2023 Nobel Prizes Lecture Series, RWTH researchers will present and elaborate on the research of this year's Nobel prize winners.


The new Nobel Laureates are announced each year in October. In our RWTH Explains the Nobel Prize series, the RWTHextern Citizens' Forum offers talks on the topics awarded the Nobel Prizes in medicine, physics, and chemistry.

Dr. Bernd Beschote from RWTH's 2nd Institute of Physics A will kick off this series with his lecture The World's Shortest Pulses of Light: How and Why?. The lecture will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 11am at Lecture Hall H03, C.A.R.L. Lecture Hall Complex, Claßenstraße 11. His lecture refers to the Nobel Prize in Physics, which was awarded to the Austro-Hungarian physicist Ferenc Krausz and the French scientists Pierre Agostini and Anne L'Huillier for their research in electron dynamics.

Professor Andreas Herrmann, Chair of Macromolecular Materials and Systems, will introduce the world of the Nobel Prize for Medicine with his lecture mRNA Technology: From Ugly Duckling to Nobel Prize. The event will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 6:30pm, at Lecture Hall H06, C.A.R.L. Lecture Hall Complex. Hungarian Katalin Karikó and American Drew Weissman have been awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine for their pioneering work in mRNA research. Their work laid the foundation for the development of coronavirus vaccines.

To conclude our Nobel Prize series, Professor Christoph Stampfer from the Chair of Experimental Physics will explain the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 6:30pm at Lecture Hall H06, C.A.R.L. Lecture Hall Complex. In his lecture Quantum Dots: Building Blocks of a World Where Quantum Meets Everyday Life, he refers to the research of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Moungi Bawendi, Louis Brus, and Alexei Ekimov. Researchers working in the USA developed the foundations for nanotechnology in the 1980s and 1990s.

Admission to all the above lectures is free, and prior registration is not required. Please note that all talks will be held in German.