Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative: "How to have an inspring science career" by Jules Hoffmann

Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative: "How to have an inspring science career" by Jules Hoffmann

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A unique opportunity, especially for young scientists to meet with a Nobel Laureate in Barcelona on 27 November 2017

Nobel Laureate Jules Hoffmann will give an on-stage interview at the PRBB, as part of the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative (NPII).

by Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative y Fundación AstraZeneca

Mon 27 November 2017
15:00 – 16:30 CET

PRBB Auditorium

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Jules Hoffmann has dedicated his career to the study of innate immunity in insects, and the work he initiated led to a re-evaluation of innate immunity in humans and other mammals. In this exclusive event he will give insights into his life in science and offer advice for scientists at all stages of their careers.

Please register early as spaces may be limited.


The Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative (NPII)* is a global programme designed to help Nobel Laureates share their inspirational stories and insights. By taking Nobel Laureates on visits to universities and research centres around the world, and by capturing their thoughts on video, the Initiative seeks to bring the Laureates into closer contact with the worldwide scientific community, and especially with an audience of young scientists.

Jules Hoffmann is a Professor at the University of Strasbourg and Senior Researcher at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). He dedicated his work to the study of the genetic and molecular mechanisms responsible for innate immunity in insects. The work of Hoffmann and his associates has provided new insights into the defence mechanisms that organisms, from the most primitive up to humans, employ against infectious agents. By demonstrating the marked conservation of innate defence mechanisms between insects and humans, the work initiated by Hoffmann and his collaborators has led to a re-evaluation of the role of innate immunity in mammals. More generally, the Drosophila model has enabled biologists throughout the world to make considerable progress, not only in developmental genetics and innate immunity, but also in the study of certain human pathologies and in the understanding of memory, behaviour, sleep and nutrition phenomena. With Bruce A. Beutler and Ralph M. Steinman, Hoffmann was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2011.

Hoffmann set up and headed the CNRS laboratory “Endocrinology and Immunology of Insects” within the CNRS Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire in Strasbourg, which he also directed from 1994 to 2006, and where he still works with his collaborators. He was President of the French Académie des Sciences in 2007 and 2008, and is a member of the Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Germany and Russia. He has been awarded numerous prestigious prizes, such as, in recent years, the Rosenstiel Award for his work on immunity (with Ruslan Medzhitov; 2010), the Keio Medical Science Prize (with Shizuo Akira; 2011), the 2011 Gairdner Award for Medical Research (with Shizuo Akira) and the 2011 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine (with Bruce Beutler and Ruslan Medzhitov). He also received the CNRS Gold Medal. Hoffmann is Officier de la Légion d’Honneur in France and is an Immortel at the Académie Française (2012).