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The public and researchers alike can look forward to more than 1 000 exciting events when Norway’s national science festival is organised for the 20th time. This year’s theme is communication in all its forms.

During the festival, researchers in a wide variety of subject areas will meet the people in new and sometimes unexpected arenas: town squares, shopping centres, theatre stages, debate venues, pubs and cafés. The festival seeks to entertain, inspire and engage.  

Insight and involvement

National Science Week shares knowledge about research and how exciting it can be with the general public and event participants. The events give people insight into what research comprises, how research is carried out, the kinds of research taking place locally and the importance of research for the future of each individual and the country as a whole.

In a wider perspective, the festival aims to promote recruitment to higher education and careers in research.

This year’s theme: communication

This year National Science Week will shed light on all facets of communication. The Research Council of Norway will be hosting events on all types of communication and related research activities. With this in mind, the National Science Week secretariat at the Research Council would also like to inspire individuals to think big and to share their best thoughts in the competition #tenklittpådet hashtag (Norwegian only).

The researcher grand prix returns

The researcher grand prix — a thrilling contest in which master’s students from all over the country take the stage to top one another in communicating their research —has delighted large audiences ever since it was first held in 2010. This year preliminary competitions will be held in Bergen, Kristiansand, Oslo, Trondheim and Stavanger. The top 10 candidates will face off in a nationwide final at Chat Noir in Oslo on Saturday, 27 September.

More information about National Science Week is available on the festival’s new website (Norwegian only).

National Science Week 2014

  • This year National Science Week is being organised for the 20th time.
  • All events are free of charge and open to everyone.
  • Science fairs will be hosted in 15 different cities and towns.
  • National opening: “Why is science losing out?” – a debate at the Munch Museum in Oslo, on Wednesday, 17 September, in cooperation with the Norwegian national daily, Aftenposten.
  • The Research Council of Norway has nationwide responsibility for National Science Week.