Nobel Conference

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Location: Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN)
TopicIn Search of Economic Balance
Dates: September 27-28, 2016
Registration: Appleton Education Foundation will again help facilitate registration and transportation for a multi-generational group of community members from the Fox Cities, Shawano, and Two Harbors, MN.
Cost: Community members  pay their own way while all participating high school and college students (both public and parochial) and educators receive scholarships (from the EMMA Nobel Education Fund) to cover their full cost to attend.

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Appleton, Shawano, and Two Harbors attendees at the 2015 Nobel Conference.

The EMMA Nobel Education Fund

Vision: Multi-generational community exposure to cutting-edge science and its societal and moral impact.

Story: Ellen Mielke Moore Anderson (EMMA) was a teacher who lived in Two Harbors, MN and had a passion for intergenerational education. After several years of attending the annual Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College with students and fellow teachers, she encouraged her brother, Dr. John Mielke, to join her.  John and Sally Mielke attended and were hooked. In 2008, they provided funds so that a small group of teachers and students could share in the experience, and in 2010 encouraged adult members of the community to add an additional intergenerational value to the experience. With the unfortunate passing of Ellen in 2011, the Mielke Family Foundation approved an annual gift of $15,000 to the EMMA Fund within AEF to honor her legacy via the continuation of this intergenerational opportunity for residents of the communities it supports (Appleton and Shawano).  Ellen also left her own legacy by designating an additional annual gift to Two Harbors High School from the EMMA fund within the Mielke Family Foundation – so that all three communities can continue to participate and grow from this shared cultural experience.

One-hundred and eighteen people attended the conference in 2015. Attendees include students and faculty from Appleton’s public and parochial high schools, Lawrence University, Fox Valley Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Shawano High School, and Two Harbors High School, as well as members of the Appleton Downtown Rotary Club and other interested community members from Appleton and Shawano.


Download the registration form. Complete and submit following the directions at the bottom of the form.

Pre-Conference Information Session – Sept. 15

All attendees and parents of student attendees are invited to attend on September 15 at Fox Valley Technical College. Learn more.

2016 Trip Info –

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STEP Industries community members at the 2015 Nobel Conference.

STEP Industries community members at the 2015 Nobel Conference.


“Having the ability to listen to these people who are the top in their field was amazing. I even got to have conversations with some of the community members, high schoolers, and students from my own class that I never would have been able to without this trip.” – 2015 Nobel Conference attendee from UW-Fox Valley

“My experience at the Nobel Conference was a once in a lifetime opportunity, from start to finish. Traveling to a new state to listen to the brightest in their field with a great teacher and peers. Everything was such an enjoyable experience.” – 2015 Nobel Conference attendee from UW-Fox Valley

“Everyone was very inviting and friendly. The food and transportation that was provided for us was wonderful.” – 2015 Nobel Conference attendee from Fox Valley Lutheran High School

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Since 2008, 596 students, educators, and community members have participated in this unique experience that is as much about the bus ride and camaraderie as it is about the Nobel learning. In 2012, a committee of past attendees came together to help John and Sally organize this event, again to ensure that the legacy of this dynamic experience can continue long into the future.

To learn how to participate in this community event, contact the AEF office at 920-832-1517.

For more information about the 2016 Conference – including presenters, schedule, past conferences, the Nobel Conference Vision and more – visit the Nobel Conference website.