Following the 1963 Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm, Gustavus representatives met with Nobel Foundation officials, asking them to endorse an annual science conference at the College and to allow use of the Nobel name to establish credibility and high standards. At the urging of several prominent Nobel Laureates, the foundation granted the request and the first conference was held at the College in January 1965. The Nobel Conference® now attracts 6,000 people for the two day conference. The goal continues to be linking a general audience with the world’s foremost scholars and researchers around current topics in the natural and social sciences and creating discussions centered on the social and ethical impacts of science. This year on October 2 & 3, the 48th annual Nobel Conference® will discuss the Earth’s oceans.