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National Science Week

National Science Week (Forskningsdagene) takes place at the end of September every year. UiB is the largest contributor.

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National Science Week (27th to 30th of September) is an annual national festival organised by the Research Council of Norway. In Bergen, the National Science Week are put on through a collaboration between the key research and educational institutions in the city, with UiB being the largest contributor. The National Science Week festival is an excellent opportunity to disseminate research to the public at large, and promote UiB research locally, regionally and nationally. 

The main topic for 2018 is "Childhood" (in Norwegian: "Oppvekst"). The topic relates to everything from education and health, to ICT and biology, integration and welfare - and is very much debated in media and in politics. This presents a superb opportunity to showcase research on childhood and topics relevant for future generations.

The objectives for the festival are to:

  • create excitement about and understanding of research
  • convey the impact of research and research results in our daily live
  • show connections between research, innovation and business
  • create media interest
  • help recruit youth to research-related professions
  • though a range of events, people of all ages and levels of knowledge can gain insights into the world of research


Forskningstorget takes place on a Friday and Saturday at the end of September each year. Curious spectators of all ages get the opportunity to try, taste, ask questions, discuss, wonder or be surprised alongside enthusiastic researchers from tens of research communities in Bergen.

Forskningstorget 2018 will be held at Festplassen Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of September. Saturday we invite the public to join Forskningstorget and people of all ages are most welcome. Please note that only schools may attend the Friday programme (pre-registration for 6th and 7th grade).

Forskningstorget is a fantastic venue for research dissemination. Researchers get to interact closely with the general public, and really have to challenge themselves to adapt their message to the target group.

Forsker Grand Prix

Forsker Grand Prix is the Norwegian championship in research dissemination. As a participant, you get a fabulous opportunity to learn more about how you reach a large audience with your message. And, if you are doing your doctorate at UiB, you receive dissemination credits for participating. Don't miss this great opportunity to improve your dissemination skills!

More benefits:

  • Coaching, two joint sessions and three individual sessions
  • Help to develop your storytelling and approach to conveying your message, camera training and media handling
  • Become more attractive in the labour market: graduates have secured permanent employment as a result of Forsker Grand Prix
  • Network in the Research Council of Norway and other academic communities
  • Interdisciplinary network
  • Sign up by 30th of April

These were the participants in 2016:

Read about the experiences of two of this year's participants, Aliona Nacu and Philipp Strauss!

You can see all the presentations "live" here:

Read about what two candidates, Cecilie Gjerde and Tone Aspevik, have experienced since their participation in 2015:

Forskningsdagene UNG

Forskningsdagene UNG takes place on Thursday 27th of September for pupils in upper secondary school in Bergen. The programme contains both lectures about current topics and conversations with researchers. The goal is to engage and involve these students in interesting and relevant research topics and to recruit youth to research-related professions. The goal is also to show that research is relevant to their lives and that knowledge shapes society and develops our democracy. 

The event requires schools to sign up in advance.

Lectures and debates

Lectures and debates target youth and adults, and are held at the Litteraturhuset in Bergen. Through lectures, conversations and debates about current topics in informal settings, researchers interact with the general public and can show that research is relevant to public debates.

Check out the 2016 programme.

Your own events during the week of the festival? Academic groups can organise other events during the festival period. Give notice of events to be included in the festival programme by 1st of May.