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Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS) is an annual weeklong event for young international scientists, arranged in connection with the Nobel festivities by the SIYSS Committee of the Swedish Federation of Young Scientists with support from the Nobel Foundation.

The history of SIYSS dates as far back as 1976 when the first seminar was organized by the Swedish Federation of Young Scientists with support from the Nobel Foundation, with inspiration from Society for Science & the Public in USA. Turning out a great success, the SIYSS program has continued combining the encounter with Swedish science and the Nobel Prize Awarding Ceremonies with an intense social program ever since then.

The program aims to promote international understanding and friendship, bringing together young people from all over the world with similar interests. The participants are selected in different ways; some are winners of national science fairs, others represent organizations for young scientists or are selected by merit at their home universities. Whatever their background, they all have two things in common: a great interest in natural sciences and a curiosity for other cultures and people.

The program of the week comprises of scientific activities and lectures as well as unique occasions to meet the Nobel Laureates. Furthermore, the students are introduced to Swedish science and research as well as Swedish culture and customs. However, the main event of the week is a big seminar where the participants present their research to each other and to Swedish students.

The week culminates with the Nobel festivities where the SIYSS participants attends both the Nobel Reception at Nordiska Museet and the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall, followed by the Nobel Banquet at the Stockholm City Hall as well as the Nobel Night Cap, the final festivity after the banquet.

With its connection to the Nobel Prizes, SIYSS is widely considered the most prestigious youth science event in the world. Former participants often witness about how the program has inspired them to continue doing research and that the week in Stockholm was a truly unique experience. This year is the 37th Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar arranged – will you be one of the participants?

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