Online Registration Available for 2009 Nobel Conference

Posted on May 25th, 2009 by

Registration is now available online for Gustavus Adolphus College’s 45th annual Nobel Conference. This year’s conference, titled “H2O Uncertain Resource,” is scheduled for Oct. 6-7.

Tickets may be purchased by going online to Ticket prices are $60 for individual non-reserved seating and $100 for individual reserved main floor seating. High school and college student delegation rates are $80 per group of 20. Tickets may also be purchased for the Nobel Conference Banquet ($30), which will take place the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 7.

For more than four decades, Gustavus has organized and hosted the two-day Nobel Conference, that draws about 6,000 people to the college campus in St. Peter, Minn., and links a general audience with the world’s foremost scholars and researchers in discussion centered on contemporary issues relating to the natural and social sciences. The Nobel Conference is the first ongoing educational conference in the United States to have the official authorization of The Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.

The 2009 Nobel Conference will examine the current state of world water resources and will confront immediate threats to the health of rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters, oceans, and all forms of aquatic environments. Leading scientists will speak on topics such as environmental ethics, potable water as a basic human right, and human tragedy resulting from contaminated resources.

The following seven individuals are the confirmed presenters for the 2009 Nobel Conference:

  • Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Peter H. Gleick, President of Pacific Institute
  • William Graf, Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • Nancy N. Rabalais, Executive Director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
  • David L. Sedlak, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Asit K. Biswas, President of the Third World Centre for Water Management
  • Larry L. Rasmussen, Emeritus Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary

For more information about this year’s Nobel Conference, go online to or contact the College’s Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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