The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2022 was awarded to Svante Pääbo “for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution”. Svante Pääbo has been been director of the Department of Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

Swante Pääbo’s research engendered a completely new scientific discipline; paleogenomics. He discovered the genetic differences that distinguishes all living humans from extinct hominins. The discoveries made by him form the foundation for delving into the distinctive characteristics that make us human.

A compelling summary of the work of Swante Pääbo has been published in a press release Nobel Prize Committee of 03.10.2022.

Film still from the film portrait of Swante Pääbo by Imagining Science in 2017.
Illustration: Frederic Siegel, 2017

In 2017, a film team of Imagining Science/ HSLU developed a film portrait of Svante Pääbo in commission of Nomis Foundation connected to the Nomis Distinguished Scientist Award 2017.
The film (below) has been developed by students who participated in the first Imagining Science summer school.

Imagining Science/ HSLU

NOMIS Foundation


Lucerne, Leipzig

Project type
Education, Film portrait, Film production, Science communication, Summer school, Visual storytelling
Education, Foundation, Science
Animation, Film, Illustration
Project lead

Evert Ypma, Imagining Science/ HSLU
(Production, organisation and didactics summer school, administration)

Project team

Film maker: Severin Pomsel
Camera: Olivia Sasse, Anja Stadelmann
Mentoring: Max Bruinsma, Uwe Martin, Evert Ypma


Illustration and Animation: Frederic Siegel
Sound design and Sound mastering: Stefan Weinzierl

View further Nomis Award film portraits developed by the Imagining Science Summer School.