The most important contribution the University of Bergen has to offer society is excellent pure research and the education of highly qualified candidates. In addition to these core missions, the University also engages in a close relationship with the community as a whole.

The University stands for independent knowledge, cultivated through long-term research interests and practices. This makes the institution important both for a thriving democracy and for the development of tomorrow’s community, cultural life and business sector.

The knowledge that is produced at the University is being imparted through a broad network of scientists and research groups; a broad spectrum of study programs; at institutes, faculties and centres; as well as through the University library and Bergen museum. The University’s work in building knowledge and qualifications is important and valuable to the local, national and international communities, and the institution has a range of means to interact extensively both culturally and societally with the world around it.

The Christie Conference

This is the fourth year that the University of Bergen (UiB) arranges the Christie Conference, named after one of the founding fathers of the Norwegian constitution Wilhelm Frimann Koren Christie. The conference is a meeting point for business and the arts, government and academia in western Norway.

The aim of the Christie Conference is to be the most important meeting point between academia and civil society in the west of Norway. Approximately 350 participants attend the conference at Peer Gynt Salen in Grieghallen in central Bergen.