National Science Week 2012: Ready for kick-off

(Photo: National Science Week)

From 19 to 30 September, researchers all over Norway stand at the ready to display, discuss and answer questions about the topics that fascinate them. Events will be organised at over 100 locations across the country – most of it for free.

National Science Week provides the public at large with a chance to meet with researchers in an everyday context: at the lunch table, in the street or town square, at shopping centres, cafés, pubs, on boats or trains.

Science Fair at the University Square in Oslo

The festival programme features debates, “stand-up scientist” performances, a researcher grand-prix, myth-busting, experiments, researcher evenings for young people – and, of course, comprehensive science fairs in locations all across the country.

National Science Week is being held for the eighteenth time. In 2012 the overall theme for the festival is “society”, with “the human dimension” selected as the motto for activities by the arrangers of the festival.

Welcome to the National Science Week!

A complete overview of National Science Week activities taking place in your region may be found on the Forskningsdagene website (Norwegian only).

National Science Week 2012

  • Annual interdisciplinary festival designed to fuel the public’s curiosity about, interest in and understanding of research activities and results;
  • Dates: 19-30 September 2012;
  • The official opening will take place during the Research Council’s Evening of Excellence held at the Oslo Concert Hall on 19 September;
  • National Science Week is administered under the auspices of the Research Council in close cooperation with universities, university colleges, independent research institutes, libraries, museums and trade and industry;
  • Events are organised in cities, towns and villages throughout the country;
  • Most of the events are free of charge and open to all;
  • Friday 28 September is "Researchers' Night," a joint European event during which researchers across Europe take their activities out to the public.

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