On 5 October, it was officially announced that University of Groningen scientist Ben Feringa had been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with Jean-Pierre Sauvage from France and Sir James Fraser Stoddard from the United Kingdom. They were awarded this prestigious honour for their research on molecular machines, also known as nanomachines. Feringa will give his Nobel Prize Lecture in Stockholm, Sweden on 10 December, and has delivered a lecture in a ceremony at the Martini Church in his hometown of Groningen on Wednesday, 30 November. In the period leading up to the official award ceremony, several festive activities will take place in Groningen.
From Wednesday, 30 November to Friday, 2 December, a giant model of the nanocar has been on display on the Grote Markt in the city centre. After that, the nanocar has been on display at the Broerstraat in front of the University of Groningen. The nanocar will be permanently displayed at the Zernike Campus.
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Exhibition about Ben Feringa
From 1 December until 31 December, a mini-exhibition about Nobel Prize laureates will be hosted by ‘De Verhalen van Groningen’ (Stories of Groningen) at the entrance of the University Museum. This small exhibition will be followed by a larger, free exhibition about Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa and extraordinary inventions from Groningen, which starts on 26 January 2017.
Lecture in the Martini Church
Ben Feringa delivered his lecture in the Martini Church on 30 November, in the afternoon. Prior to that, there was an official University procession in full academic dress, from the Academy Building to the church itself.
Ben Feringa in the spotlight
A portrait of Alfred Nobel was projected onto the Martini Tower on evenings until 10 December.