Special events 2021
100 years ago: Albert Einstein receives the Nobel Prize
Together, the Einstein Society Bern and the Swedish Embassy in Bern, commemorate the 100 anniversary of Albert Einstein receiving the Nobel Prize. Each in his own way, Albert Einstein and Alfred Nobel were two great minds whose legacies are as important today as ever.
An information panel, created by the Swedish Embassy, was ceremonially inaugurated at the Einstein House.
Swedish Ambassador in Bern Jan Knutsson / Prof.Hans Rudolf Ott, President of the AEG
It is not easy to fix the correct date for celebrating this anniversary. For, in November 1922, the Nobel Committee decided to award Einstein the Nobel Prize in Physics for the year 1921 and invited him to take part in the usual festivities in December 1922. Due to already fixed travel plans, Einstein could not accept this invitation.
Read the exciting story about this under: Excerpt from SPG Mitteilungen"
You can find more exciting background information on the website of the Swedish Embassy in Bern:
Interview with Hans-Rudolf Ott on what the Nobel Prize meant to Albert Einstein
100 years anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Nobel Prize
Albert Einstein - Symposium 9 April 2022, 10 - 17 h
On 9 April 2022, a one-day symposium will take place in Bern at the University of Bern, UniS Lecture hall S003. With the formulation of the light quantum hypothesis in 1905, Einstein advanced the development of quantum theory in a decisive way.
Today, modern quantum technology determines much of our everyday life. The symposium will highlight the technological impact and current state of quantum optics achieved since Einstein's work.
More information will follow shortly.
Awarding of the Einstein - Medal 2020
The public ceremony, announced for 27 May 2020, is postponed until further notice.
The Albert Einstein Society Berne awards its 2020 Einstein Medal to the international collaboration of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) in recognition of the groundbreaking imaging of the shadow of the supermassive black hole in the center of the distant galaxy Messier M87.
The collaboration, consisting of over 200 scientists from all continents succeeded, by employing interferometric methods, to obtain images of the shadow of the giant but far away object that arises from strong gravitational effects on electromagnetic radiation in the vicinity of a black hole.
This effect, predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity, could be observed thanks to the worldwide network of eight existing radiotelescopes. This observation opens a new era of studying black holes and testing Einstein's general theory of relativity in strong gravitational fields.
During the public Einstein Celebration of the Albert-Einstein Gesellschaft (date not defined) the Einstein Medal will be handed over to the representatives of the collaboration, Dr. Sheperd Doeleman, Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA and Prof. Heino Falcke, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Changes in 2019
At the general meeting of the Einsteingesellschaft on June 6, 2019, Prof. Dr. Christiane Tretter, University of Bern, was elected as a new member of the managing board.
From 1 January 2019, the Einstein House will be managed by Tatsiana Widmer. The previous director Jürg Rub retires after 13 years for age reasons.
Under his direction, the memorial at Kramgasse 49 was able to attract a massive increase in visitors. The Executive Board of the Albert Einstein Society thanks Jürg Rub for his great commitment and is pleased to have found a highly qualified successor in Tatsiana Widmer.