PAST PROGRAMS

International large-scale experiments are playing an ever-increasing role in the advances in physics and astronomy. The past few years have seen Nobel Prizes from discoveries in physics experiments, including neutrino experiments in Japan and Canada that established that neutrinos have mass and oscillate, the discovery of the Higgs Boson in two...

On the 24th of May 2017 at Uppsala University Frank Wilczek (Professor of Physics at MIT and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2004) spoke at the Department of Astronomy & Physics on the theme "time crystals".

From copper-oxide superconductors to rare-earth compounds, materials and quantum systems with strong correlations have focused enormous attention over several decades. Solid-state chemistry, new elaboration techniques and improved experimental probes are constantly providing us with examples of novel materials with surprising electronic properties....

International tax and finance expert John Forry (J.D. Harvard Law School) gave a two day (12 hour) course on International Finance Techniques at Uppsala University (Uppsalaekonomerna). The course covered the topics listed below, as well as aspects of Islamic Finance and Investment Funds. The course was attended by about 70 students and provided...

On 22 and 23 October 2015 preeminent UK radio astronomer Ian Morison gave lectures on the search for life beyond earth at YBC gymnasium, Viktor Rydbergs Gymnasium and at the International English School. We have received much positive feedback from the schools about the program.

On June 8, 2015 theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek (Nobel Prize in physics, 2004 for a fundamental discovery*), gave a science lecture on the theme A Beautiful Question - Finding nature's deep secrets at Uppsala University.

Our September 23-24, anthropologist Scott Atran (French National Centre for Scientific Research and Atris Director of Research) returned to give another lecture and seminar. The topic was the role of religion and sacred values in the creation and resolution of intractable conflicts. Sacred values -- which drive actions independently of calculated...

On 15 March 2013 internationally renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss lectured on the discovery of the Higgs particle by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, explaining the significance of this remarkable discovery -- which is the hottest thing in science these days. The lecture was held at YBC Gymnasium in Nacka.

On 11 November 2010, Scott Atran (French National Centre for Scientific Research and Atris Director of Research) gave a 90-minute morning lecture on what motivates participation in violent political action, such as al Qaeda, and then lead an afternoon interactive classroom session. Scott is an anthropologist specializing in conflict resolution and...

During the week of 21 - 25 February 2011, John Forry (Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek) gave a 3-day mini course to the 3rd year YBC students on the basics of international business transactions. This course was be especially helpful for students who are planning a career in the law or in the financial services sector.

On 27 January 2011, Dr. Jan de Kat, Head of Innovation at Maersk Shipping Lines, gave a morning talk on the environmental facing the shipping industry and how Maersk meets those challenges with innovative technologies.

On 27 - 30 September 2010, Professor Steven Nadler gave a general lecture on themes of moral philosophy and then taught a three-day, 6 hour mini course, introducing ethics and moral philosophy largely by way of Plato's Dialogues: Euthypro (knowing what is right), the Apology (the examined life) and philosophy as heroic enterprise.

On 24 - 25 May 2010, theoretical physics Frank Wilczek (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2004) gave a morning general lecture on the search for new subatomic particles at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Then, on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, he taught the physics class, giving an overview of the history of discoveries in the study of particle physics...

On 16 December 2009, Harry Kroto (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1996, for the discovery of Carbon 60) gave a general lecture on Science, Society and Sustainability and a mini course on aspects on nano-science, which is a fascinating field of study and one that is of growing importance.

Our first lecture was on 5 June 2009, by theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss on aspects of the origin and expansion of the universe. Krauss is an internationally known physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology. He has long been an advocate of the public understanding of...