Postage stamps as showcase

By showcasing some of what Norwegian researchers have accomplished on these stamps, we want to create an awareness of what scientific progress means for us – for the development of society, for more and better knowledge, better health, new technology and the workplaces of the future.

Over many generations, research and innovation have been the building blocks and driving force in Norway – a country that has evolved into a modern welfare society. At the same time, we are a small country dependent on collaboration with others, including in the area of research and development.

Important discoveries and major breakthroughs make Norwegian research environments attractive partners. The research groups that achieve groundbreaking results in Norway are, or often become, multinational. In this way, we reap even greater benefits from research, innovation and development than we would otherwise have done alone.

Norway Post and the Research Council hope that these stamps will awaken curiosity and interest in research, innovation and technology both among stamp collectors and others who send or receive them. The stamps have a QR code that you can scan using a mobile phone. This takes you to this page with more information about each discovery and invention, and the history behind them.

Groundbreaking research and radical innovation

May Britt and Edvar Moser’s discoveries are the result of groundbreaking research, the goal of which is to find answers or explanations that dramatically advance our knowledge. This often takes a long time, and the researchers will often build on the groundbreaking discoveries of other researchers. This new knowledge will in turn give us an opportunity to resolve specific problems and will generally form the basis for further research that will provide even more new knowledge about the researcher’s field of work, such as the brain. 


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The topic of the 2020 series is health

The two stamps released in 2020 are related to the field of health.

Sense of location and the ability to find our bearings. Edvard and May-Britt Moser discovered cells in the part of the brain that helps us to understand our position in a room or landscape, i.e. where we are. This groundbreaking basic research was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014. The discovery may also prove important to clinical treatment of dementia and brain diseases that impair our ability to find our way and remember.

Ultrasound technology. Norwegian R&D groups have been at the international forefront of the development of ultrasound for medical purposes. Ultrasound has become indispensable in medicine and has led to new businesses and workplaces in Norway, such as Vingmed, which is a leading international player in ultrasound technology. The combination of knowledge from two different fields, engineering and medicine, gave rise to a new ultrasound method and technology that has now become indispensable.

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