Europe’s biggest political science conference at the University of Oslo
- Thank you from the Local Organising Committee
Only a few days before Norway’s General Elections more than 2000 experts on politics gathered at the University of Oslo for Europe’s biggest political science conference: ECPR General Conference 6 -9 September 2017. On the agenda was a broad range of interesting topics, amongst them: The future of the European welfare states, gender equality in recession, the EU and Brexit, Trump, and right-wing extremism and populism.
Professor emeritus Johan P. Olsen from ARENA Centre for European studies held the plenary lecture in the University Aula surrounded by Edvard Munch’s paintings. He spoke about how the ongoing transformations of the political organisation of Europe make it possible to explore phenomena that are difficult to see in more stable periods. Such as accountability-demands, where political leaders are required to explain and justify what they are doing and not doing. You can see the plenary lecture and other recordings from the conference here.
Following the plenary lecture, the conference participants enjoyed themselves at a reception at the spectacular Opera house at the head of the Oslo-fjord. The rest of the conference took place on campus Blindern; consisting of almost 450 panels, four roundtables and a well visited book exhibition.
The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Hosting ECPR General Conference 2017 has been a great way of celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo.
Many thanks to the rector of the University of Oslo, Professor Svein Stølen, ECPRs Central Services in Colchester and ECPRs Executive Committee, Director and Council.
Warm thanks to all the conference participants, panellists, discussants and chairs and in particular the administrative staff of our department and the wonderful student helpers!
We wish next year’s local organising committee in Hamburg - the best of luck!
The Local Organising Committee
ECPR General Conference 2017
Ida Weseth Bjøru
Hanne Iglebæk Christensen