Program and Conference Events
The conference will hold a wide range of activities and social events.
Conference Welcome Reception, Tuesday 18 June
The City of Oslo and Mayor Fabian Stang welcomes all conference participants to a reception at the Oslo City Hall, Tuesday 18 June, 16-17:30. During the reception, participants are welcome to join guided tours featuring the City Hall’s extensive artwork. Famous Norwegian artists of the period 1900-1950 adorned City Hall, with murals featuring motifs from Norwegian history, culture, legends and working life. This event is included in the registration fee.
Oslo City Hall. Photo: Alexander Ottesen
Conference Dinner, Thursday 20 June
The polar ship Fram
The conference aperitif and dinner will take place on an peninsula called Bygdøy on the western side of Oslo. It is one of Norway's oldest cultural landscapes with a rich history, and host several museums including the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Fram Museum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Viking Ship Museum, and the Norwegian Maritime Museum.
The conference participants will be transported by boat from Aker Brygge to Bygdøy. The boat will take a short sightseeing route in Oslo Fjord on the way to Bygdøy.
At Bygdøy conference participants are invited for an aperitif and guided tour of Fram Museum. The museum houses the world’s most famous polar ship Fram, and conference participants will be taken on board to hear about Norwegian expeditions and great adventures.
The official conference dinner will take place at the Kon-Tiki Museum. During the conference dinner conference participants will see the legendary balsa raft Kon-Tiki that Thor Heyerdahl used when he and his crew crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1947, and they will hear this amazing story, told by Heyerdahl's son, Thor Heyerdahl Jr. This venue and the story it brings will be an opportunity for participants to reflect on social change and transformations in an historical context.
The Kon-tiki raft