CAS event

Basic Science Meets Societal Challenges

The Centre is holding a conference about the importance and impact of basic science in planning for the future and solving societal challenges.

For invited participants only.


Day 1:

09.30 - Morning Coffee, with arrival and registration.

10.00 - Introduction and welcome by Camilla Serck-Hanssen

10.15 - Svenn-Erik Mamelund, Professor at Oslo Metropolitan University: Responding to Society’s Research Needs During COVID-19

11.00 - Veronika K. Pettersen, Associate Professor at UiT The Arctic University of Norway: Human Microbiome in Pregnancy and Early Life

11.45 - Mette Halskov Hansen, Professor and Vice-Rector at University of Oslo: A Productive Clash of Research Traditions: Studying Human Dimensions of Pollution in China

12.30 - Lunch

13.30 - Vadim Kimmelman, Professor at University of Bergen: Linguistic Research on Sign Languages and its Impact: Personal Reflection

14.15 - Ben Schneider, Postdoctor at Oslo Metropolitan University: History and Quality of Life

15.00 - Cathrine Holst, Professor at University of Oslo: Is There Such a Thing as Basic Research on Public Policy?


16.00 - Trip to the Munch Museum (guided tour for 20 participants, others are welcome to participate to view the museum on their own)


19.00 - Jubilee dinner at the Academy


Day 2:

09.00 - Morning Coffee

09.30 - Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde, Professor at University of Oslo: An Aging Man Crosses his Tracks: The Relevance of Medieval Legislation in Modern Society

10.15 - Kjetil Lysne Voje, Associate Professor at Natural History Museum: A Number is Not a Number: The Importance of Measurement Theory

11.00 - Bjørn Erik Reinseth, CEO of Oslo Science Park: How to Get More Value Creation from Academia

12.00 - Lunch

13.30 - NordIAS business meeting



If you have any questions or if you wish to participate, please contact the CAS administration:


- Senior Adviser Camilla Kottum Elmar for matters related to the programme and registration for the event

- Adviser Julie Ellinor Frølich Dalseth for matters related to travels and stays during the event