About Nobel Prize Teacher Summit

The Nobel Prize Teacher Summit is an international event for teachers held by Nobel Prize Museum. The initiative builds on the ability of the Nobel Prize to inspire people to seek out knowledge, to ask questions and to attempt to understand and improve the world.
What distinguishes the Nobel Prize Teacher Summit from our other teacher programmes is that one or more Nobel Prize laureates participate as speakers. The programme is made up of short lectures that are interspersed with panel discussions, interviews and group discussions. The completely digital version has shorter sessions than the Teacher Summit that takes place physically in Stockholm with participants on site.

The speakers at the Teacher Summit are Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, educators and other experts who are invited to make the programme stimulating, topical, varied and in-depth. The speakers are carefully selected, based on their expertise. A multidimensional and cross-disciplinary mix illuminates the theme of the Teacher Summit from different perspectives, but the focus is always on the role of teachers.

Participating teachers connect this content to their teaching through group discussions based on clear sets of questions. A preschool teacher from northern Sweden, a British physics teacher and an Indian school principal can therefore discuss how artistic illustrations can breathe life into teaching about black holes or how radicalisation among vaccine opponents can best be prevented by schools.

The conferences are live streamed to reach more teachers than those who can be physically present. Relevant parts of the Teacher Summit content can also live on – for example by being included in digital lesson materials.

The Nobel Prize Teacher Summit aims for an inclusive and collegial atmosphere between speakers and participants. Meanwhile the content may be complex and intellectually challenging. Teaching is an academic profession with a high level of difficulty, both in terms of knowledge and methodology as well as socially. By organising interesting high-level seminars featuring Nobel Prize laureates and other outstanding speakers, we want to contribute in-depth knowledge, inspiration and collegial dialogue.

Our long-term ambition is to help increase the attractiveness of the teaching profession. Without excellent teachers – no new Nobel Prize laureates!

Pontus Thunblad, Nobel Prize Museum, transmitting audience questions to the stage.

Established in 2017

The first Nobel Prize Teacher Summit was held on 6 October 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden with the theme ‘A World with Fake Facts Needs True Teachers!’ The program featured Nobel Laureates Shirin Ebadi, Herta Müller and Bernard Feringa, as well as other prominent speakers.

The 2018 Teacher Summit had the theme ‘Teach Love and Understanding’ and focused on how schools can counter racism, extremism and intolerance. How do we promote democracy, non-violence and sustainable development in our daily work as teachers?

In 2019 the theme was “Climate Change Changes Everything” The way we address climate change in education has a huge impact on the future. We as teachers have a great opportunity to make positive change possible but how do we do it without creating fear or anxiety?

The 2020 theme was “Migration and Movements” How do we teach about migration? And for the first time – due to the pandemic – the Nobel Prize Teacher Summit was completely digital.

The 2021 theme – “In the Flood of Facts” addresses what teachers can do to prepare students to distinguish facts from values? How do we teach strategies to debunk lies? What methods can we use to encourage curious questions and critical thinking? And is it even possible to teach trust?

Read more and see videos of lectures, interviews and panels under each summit here.