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The Holberg Prize

The 2022 Holberg Week

Join us in the celebration of this years' Holberg Prize Laureate, Nils Klim Prize Laureate and the Holberg Prize School Project winners. The 2022 Holberg Week takes place in Bergen and Oslo 7–10 June.

Portrettbilder Sheila Jasanoff og Elisa Uusimäki
Sheila Jasanoff /Elisa Uusimäki (Foto: Martha Stewart / Veikko Somerpuro)

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The Holberg Week takes place in the beginning of June as a celebration of the Holberg Prize Laureate, the Nils Klim Prize Laureate. During the week you can hear the laureates, as well as other prominent guests from Norway and abroad participate in a series of lectures, panel discussions and other academic events.

More information and livestream links for the events can be found in our calendar and in the list below. The programme will be updated as the events are finalised. All times UTC +2 / CEST.

Programme for the 2022 Holberg Week

The 2022 Nils Klim Seminar: Historical Perspectives on Women's Mobility

Date: Tuesday 7 June
Time: 10 a.m.–12 a.m.
Venue: The University Aula in Bergen

What enabled or compelled women to move in the past? This seminar explores aspects of women’s travel in the Ancient Mediterranean.


  • Elisa Uusimäki, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University
  • Jessica van 't Westeinde, Research Fellow, Department of Ancient History, University of Bern
  • Troels Myrup Kristensen, Associate Professor, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University 
  • Lien Foubert, Associate Professor, Department of History, Radboud University Nijmegen

Academic seminar held in honour of the 2022 Nils Klim Laureate and her research. There will be an introduction of the topic by the Nils Klim Laureate, Elisa Uusimäki, followed by presentations by invited guests, a panel discussion and a Q&A session. 

The 2022 Holberg Masterclass: Technology and the Human Future

Date: Tuesday 7 June
Time: 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Venue:  Media City Bergen

Technologies are not merely tools for achieving necessary ends but a vehicle through which humans articulate and implement visions of the future.

For the 2022 Holberg Week we are offering scholarships for five PhD candidates from the Nordic countries to participate in a masterclass with the Holberg Prize Laureate. Each participants will be asked to prepare a 5-minute presentation related to the theme chosen by the Holberg Laureate, Sheila Jasanoff. After the presentations there will be a panel discussion, moderated by the Laureate.

An Evening with the Holberg Prize

Date: Tuesday 7 June
Time: 6 p.m.–7 p.m.
Venue: House of Literature in Bergen

This event will feature the Holberg Laureate Sheila Jasanoff and the Nils Klim Laureate Elisa Usimäki in conversation about their background, their research and their experiences from academia amongst other themes. Details to follow. Moderator: Professor Roger Strand, University of Bergen.

The 2022 Holberg Symposium: Expertise and World-Making

Date: Wednesday 8 June
Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Venue: The University Aula in Bergen

Experts are usually seen as skilled in understanding and explaining how the world works, but they do not only represent the world: they help make it.

Academic symposium held in honour of the 2022 Holberg Laureate, Sheila Jasanoff. There will be an introduction of the topic by the Laureate, followed by presentations by four invited guests, a panel discussion and in the end an open Q&A session. 


  • Silke Beck, Professor of Sociology, STS Department, Technical University of Munich
  • J. Benjamin Hurlbut, Assistant Professor of Biology and Society, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
  • Andrew Lang, Professor of International Law and Global Governance, University of Edinburgh
  • Patricia Williams, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, Northwestern University

The 2022 Holberg Lecture: Democracy in an Unknowable World

Date: Wednesday 8 June
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
Place: The University Aula in Bergen

Science and Technology Studies allows us to rethink the position of the political subject in a mechanized, instrumentalized, yet indeterminate world.

Lecture by Holberg Laureate Sheila Jasanoff. 

Award Ceremony for the Holberg Prize School Project

Date: Wednesday 8 June
Time: 6 p.m.–7 p.m.
Venue: Kode 1

20 upper secondary schools and around 700 students from all over Norway participate in the Holberg Prize School Project each year. The students are assisted by scholars as well as their teachers, and the projects are integrated into the students' regular curriculum. The Award Ceremony is open for anyone who is interested. Please note that most of the event will be conducted in Norwegian. 

Award Ceremony for the 2022 Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize

Date: Thursday 9 June
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
Venue: University Aula in Bergen

The Official Award Ceremony for the Holberg Prize and the Nils Klim Prize. The Award Ceremony will be followed by a short reception at Christie Café.  This event is by invitation only, but will be live streamed.

The Government Banquet in Haakons' Hall

Date: Thursday 9 June
Time: 6.15 p.m.–10.30 p.m.
Venue: Haakon's Hall, Bergen

Banquet in honour of the Holberg Laureate and Nils Klim Laureate, hosted by the Norwegian government. This event is by invitation only, and will not be live streamed. 

Seminar: Young Researchers’ Careers in Nordic Countries

Date: Friday 10 June
Time: 9.00 a.m.–12.00 p.m.
Venue: The University Aula, Bergen

A roundtable discussion with perspectives from the social sciences and humanities. Particitants include Minister of Research and Higher Education Ola Borten Moe, Rector of the University of Bergen, Margareth Hagen and Nils Klim Laureates.


  • Rector of the University of Bergen Margareth Hagen. 
  • Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education Ola Borten Moe.
  • Assistant Professor at the University of Helsinki and 2021 Nils Klim Laureate Daria Gritsenko 
  • Professor at Umeå University and 2007 Nils Klim Laureate Carina Keskitalo 
  •  Head of NOS-HS (NordForsk) and 2014 Nils Klim Laureate Terje Lohndal
  • Representative from the Young Academy of Norway and Researcher at the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Hilde Reinertsen 
  • Associate Professor at Aarhus University and 2022 Nils Klim Laureate Elisa Uusimäki
  • Executive Director – Societal development and digitalisation at the Norwegian Research Council, Jesper Simonsen
  • Professor at the University of Bergen and Chair of the Holberg Prize Board Kjersti Fløttum

CCBIO Special Seminar: Can Science Make Sense of Life?

Date: Friday, 10 June
Time: 09:30 a.m.–10.15 a.m.
Venue: Main Auditorium, Sentralblokken, Haukeland University Hospital.

A conversation between 2022 Holberg Laureate Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University, and Professor Stephen Hilgartner, Cornell University. The event is a collaboration between the Centre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO) at the University of Bergen, and the Holberg Prize. 

The Holberg Laureate LIVE: Expertise, Democracy and the Politics of Trust

Date: Friday 10 June
Time: 6 p.m.–7.15 p.m.
Venue: House of Literature in Oslo

Phenomena such as climate skepticism and vaccine refusal indicate a loss of trust in relations between experts and publics in modern democracies.

Holberg Laureate Sheila Jasanoff joins Professor Cathrine Holst, Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, in conversation.