Forskningsdagene: What is my phone doing in Africa?

Most people are not aware of their cell phone's afterlife. Learn about the impact of Norwegian electronic waste in Tanzania.

Used cell phones on the streets of Tanzania. hoto: Samwel Ntapanta

Used cell phones travel far from Norway - sometimes to Tanzania. Photo: Samwel Ntapanta

Norwegians produce large amounts of electronic waste every year. While some of it is handled in Norway, some travel far. Quite a lot end up in Tanzania. There they are either used again, recycled or considered as waste.

What are the effects of this electronic waste in Tanzania, and how can the be addressed from Norway?

These questions are discussed by scientists from Norway and Tanzania at Litteraturhuset on Thursday 26th of September. They will present new research findings, and the presentations will be followed by a panel discussion.

The event is held in English, and is a part of Forskningsdagene. It is free of charge, open to all and no registration is required. A small snack will be served.


16.30 – 18.00: New research is presented

18.00 – 20.00: Panel discussion led by Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen (UiO).

  • Kaja Juul Skarbø (Restarters Oslo)
  • Awiti Mmochi (Marine Science, Tanzania)
  • Arild Hermstad (The Green Party/ MDG)
  • Peter Mangesho (National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania)
  • Knut Breivik (Norwegian Institute for Air Research)
  • Katrine Borgå (Department of Biosciences, UiO)
Tags: miljø- og ressursforvaltning
Published Aug. 22, 2019 4:10 PM - Last modified Sep. 23, 2019 8:56 AM