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Communication award goes to climate researcher

The Research Council of Norway’s Award for Excellence in Communication of Science for 2018 has been given to Bjørn Samset of the CICERO Center for International Climate and Environmental Research.

Dr Samset, a physicist and climate scientist, is one of Norway’s leading disseminators of climate research and physics. He excels in explaining complicated issues and informing the ongoing public debate through the media, the jury wrote in its statement.

Minister of Research and Higher Education Iselin Nybø presented the Research Council’s Award for Excellence in Communication of Science for 2018 to Bjørn Samset of CICERO. (Photo: Yngve Vogt)

According to the jury, Dr Samset is a clear, courageous voice and can speak with conviction in the difficult discourse where research meets politics. Dr Samset is approachable and reaches a large public audience via, among other things, extensive lecturing activity. He is dedicated to generating interest among children and young people in research, and has headed the jury for the Research Council’s Nysgjerrigper Science Knowledge Project for children in primary school.

Listen to what Dr Samset has to say:

“I would like to extend my congratulations to Bjørn Hallvard Samset on winning the Award for Excellence in Communication of Science,” said Minister of Research and Higher Education Iselin Nybø in her comment to the award. “Scientists who can communicate as effectively as Dr Samset are important for us politicians and the public alike. We need knowledge to inform the debate and take good decisions, and that is precisely what this award encourages.”

“Dr Samset’s wide range of activities and unflinching dissemination of climate research results are impressive and very important,” says John-Arne Røttingen, Chief Executive of the Research Council. Knowledge is under pressure, and a significant number of Norwegians are questioning the autonomy and motives of scientists. This is not a good development. Presence and visibility, therefore, are essential. Voices such as Dr Samset’s help to promote more enlightened discussion about climate and climate policy, and this award is a very well-deserved acknowledgement of his work.” The award consists of a cash prize of NOK 500 000.



Written by:
Thomas Evensen. Translation: Darren McKellep/Carol B. Eckmann.
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