Regional science centres
The Research Council administers funding to the regional science centres. A science centre is a popular scientific experience – as well as a learning centre in mathematics, the natural sciences and technology. The centres' primary concern is conveying the excitement of scientific work and experiments, rather than just the scientific results.
The regional science centres' goal is to inspire and motivate children and youth and the general public to learn more about the natural sciences and technology.
The science centres funded under the scheme are to offer high-quality experiences for pupils, students, teachers, parents and the general public in the various region.
There are 12 regional science centres:
The Norwegian Aquarium, Ålesund
DuVerden Science Centre, Porsgrunn (in Norwegian)
Inspiria Science Center, Sarpsborg (in Norwegian)
Jærmuseet family of museums, Sandnes og Nærbø
Science Centre of Northern Norway, Tromsø (in Norwegian)
Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology, Oslo
VilVite Science Centre, Bergen
Trondheim Science Centre
Inland Norway Science Centre, Gjøvik (in Norwegian)
Nordland Science Centre, Mo i Rana (in Norwegian)
Science Center South, Arendal
Vitenparken Science and Experience Center, Campus Ås (in Norwegian)
The steering group for the grant scheme for the regional science centers (VITEN)
- Ove Gunnar Drageset
- Merethe Frøyland
- Leif Lømo
- Hanne Mari Sæther
- Silje Ibsen
The Research Council and the Ministry of Education and Research have drawn up designated guidelines for the scheme.
- Development plan for the regional science centers 2021–2024 (pdf in Norwegian)
- Research Council guidelines (pdf in Norwegian)
- Ministry of Education and Research guidelines (pdf in Norwegian)
- Sluttrapport for strategiske satsninger 2016-1019 (pdf in Norwegian)
- The VITEN programme’s 2018 Annual Report (pdf in Norwegian)