National Science Week
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon attended the opening of National Science Week 2007 at the University of Oslo on Friday. This is the 13th Science Week carried out in Norway, and events will be taking place throughout the country during the coming 10-day period.
A science fair was set up in front of the University Hall to allow scientists to demonstrate their projects and answer questions from the public. Many children and young people turned out to visit the stands and take part in various activities at the fair.
Inside the Assembly Hall, National Science Week 2007 was officially opened with a conference focusing on climate and polar issues. The key topic for this years festival is International Polar Year (IPY), and the IPY Secretariat collaborated closely with Science Week organisers in arranging the opening conference. Crown Prince Haakon is Patron of International Polar Year.
Minister of Education and Research, Mr. Øystein Djupedal, gave the opening address. Other lectures given included:
- The Arctic in the Climate Puzzle
(by Cecilie Mauritzen, met.no)
- Will the Polar Bear Survive the Next Generation Humans?
(by Jenny Byttingsvik, Norwegian University of Science and Technology / Norwegian School of Veterinary Science)
- White Winter: The Nansen Tracks – Are They Melting?
( by skiers Vegard Ulvang and Gudmund Skjeldal)
- Marine Resources – More than Canned Sardines?
(by Kathrine Michalsen, Norwegian Institute of Marine Research)
- Whats Happening with the Sea Level and the Ice Masses
(by Jan-Gunnar Winther, Norwegian Polar Institute and Olav Orheim, Research Council of Norway)
Science and culture
Research, sports, beekeeping and music. Norway and Slovenia share a wide array of interests, and today the King and Queen and the Slovenian President, Borut Pahor, gained insight into several of them.
State visit from Slovenia
Today Their Majesties The King and Queen welcomed the President of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, to Norway. This is the first State Visit to Norway of a Slovenian President and King Harald and Queen Sonja are his hosts.