Saturday is the 10th of December and that is always a very special day in Sweden as the Nobel Prize is handed out by his Majesty the King on this day. Me and C are going to the award ceremony where the prize is handed out. It is held each year in the Concert Hall. Afterwards the celebrations and dinner take place in Stockholm Town Hall but we don´t have invitations to the party so we decided to go out on our own and celebrate. I made reservations at this restaurant that actually Annika has been to and liked very much.
December is just of those months of the year that is filled with festivities of different kinds. The last month of the year calls for celebrations and tying the ends together I suppose. Yesterday we went to the get to gether to honor this years Nobel Prize winners in medicine that the Karolinska Institute arranges after the Nobel lectures.
This is the Principal of the Karolinska Institute together with the Nobel Prize winners in Medicine for 2011. Mike Nussenzweig another professor and good friend and collaborator of Steinman that tragically passed way so shortly before it was announced that he had won the prize stepped in and gave a great presentation of Steinmans work. I was again sorry I had not been able to attend the lectures because this particular lecture was said to have been outstandingly good.
A large number of people had been invited for this nice mingling interaction after the Nobel lectures as you can see. Traditional Swedish music was played in the foyer greeting the guests. Champagne and hors d' oeuvre were served.
So now I really have to try and decide on what I am going to wear for Saturday. The dress code is pretty formal.
Also there are lots of festivities going on at work as well. The anual Christmas party is going to be held next week on Thursday and then our section will also have a special event and dinner just for us in the Genomics core group Tuesday the 20th. These last weeks right before Christmas tend to be very busy but also filled with lots of fun. Me and C have also been invited to a dissertation party next Friday. It´s a good old friend of both of ours so we really look forward to go and celebrate her big day with her.