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Dissemination of knowledge

kollasj av ulike situasjoner hvor kunnskap settes i bruk.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are interdependent. To figure out how we best deliver on them, we need interdisciplinary research.

Knowledge cannot stay on campus alone. It must be shared and put to use for the benefit of people and society. This happens  

  • when skilled and committed students take the competence they have built at UiO and bring it with them into working life
  • when our scientists convey findings and take part in public debate
  • when we contribute to Official Norwegian Reports (NOUs) and thus to knowledge-based political decisions
  • when we develop new products, start-ups, and business models.

It also happens through our cooperation with other universities, schools, municipalities, hospitals, corporate businesses, and organisations in Norway and abroad.

Proper dissemination of knowledge requires an ongoing interaction with society outside the university.

This applies not the least when working to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Sharing of knowledge about what the goals entail and how we can reach them is vital if we are to find the right mitigation for good and lasting change.

Podcast: University Square

University Square is a research-based podcast produced by the University of Oslo. It is a meeting place for both young and experienced researchers who discuss topics of importance and current interest, together with guests from different parts of Norwegian society. (Norwegian only)


Sofie the dictator

Could Norway turn into a dictatorship? How strong does Norwegian democracy really stand? And in order to find answers to these questions: with what might you bribe a professor of political science?

The University of Oslo has made the podcast Sofie the dictator (Norwegian only)


Other examples of UiO putting knowledge to good use

Cooperation with the Nobel institutions and Oslo municipality: Oslo Peace Days 

Ole Torp Al Gore, Oslo Peace Days 2018
Al Gore is interviewed by Ole Torp, a journalist with the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, during Oslo Peace Days 2018. Photo: Hege Svanes / UiO

Oslo is one of the most peaceful cities in the world, it has a leading role in peace and human rights research, and it is – not the least – the city where the Nobel Peace Prize is presented.  

  • Oslo Peace Days is a collaboration between the Nobel institutions, the University of Oslo and Oslo municipality, and takes place in connection with the Nobel Peace Prize Award in December every year.
  • The intention is to create more engagement around the Nobel Peace Prize and to put topics related to peace and human rights even higher on the public agenda.
  • All events are free, and most are open to all.

Oslo Peace Days´webpages

Sustainability work in schools and local communities

Science Education for Action and Engagement towards Sustainability (SEAS) is a project devised to make pupils, teachers, and local communities outside schools able to cooperate and master societal changes related to climate and sustainability.

The SEAS project is about developing natural sciences education through facilitating learning across arenas.

A central aim of the project is to make scientific knowledge useful to pupils and teachers.


Official Norwegian Reports (NOUs)

A large and important contribution from UiO´s scientists to society is to make sure new knowledge is put to use in the state administration as well as the public and private sector.

Through participating in Official Norwegian Reports, researchers from different academic fields contribute to forming a solid knowledge base for political debate and decisions. On average, a scientist at UiO provides input for every second NOU.

This is a substantial contribution to ensuring both well-informed public discourse and political exercise.

Help scientists understand how nature is changing  

The transition from forest to open mountain represents an important divide in nature. That is why scientists are much interested in the forest and tree lines. More trees in the mountain will enhance global warming, because dark and dense forests reflect a lot less sunlight than snow-covered surfaces.

Forest lines move upwards when the climate gets warmer. With today´s acute and anthropogenic climate crisis, changes in the mountains may happen very fast.

The project “A Changing Nature” – which is a cooperation amongst others The Norwegian Trekking Association and UiO represented by the Natural History Museum – aims at mapping such changes in mountainous regions by engaging the public to register trees and forest lines.

The registration can be done with a mobile app downloaded at no cost.

New Nordic dietary advice

Dietary advice is a main pillar in the work to promote good health in the Nordic countries.

Nordic nutritional advice is going to be updated through a comprehensive project, and for the first time sustainability and environmental dimensions are included from the get-go.

Besides being the basis of good health, the new dietary recommendations will also be directly relevant to several of the other sustainable development goals:

  • Firstly, it is not possible to achieve the other SDGs without sufficient, safe and healthy eating.

  • Furthermore, responsible food production and consumption is going to be integrated directly into the recommendations.

  • The dietary recommendations aim at evening out differences through information to the public as well as consumers and patients, through the labeling of products, through education, and through health information and treatment.

  • Climate and the environment will also be included in the development of the recommendations.

About the recommendations and the project

  • The Nordic dietary recommendations provide a scientific base for national advice.

  • The recommendations also form the scientific basis of education and training within the field of nutrition.
  • Furthermore, they are applied in the food industry and service sector, for example when providing food for schools, hospitals, nursing homes and the like.
  • More than 100 scientists are taking part in the project, which started in January 2019.
  • The project will last for four years.

Join Restarters Oslo for the fixing of electronics

Norwegians are at the top of European statistics when it comes to using and discarding electronics.

The production of electronics requires large, often non-renewable resources. When we throw away products, it frequently has a negative impact on the environment. We need to change the way we produce and consume electronic products.

The history of Restarters Oslo

  • During her studies at UiO, Kaja Ahnfelt became interested in looking closer at the increasing amount of electronic waste globally. It did not take long from her master´s thesis was submitted until Restarters Oslo was established.
  • With this, she sparked a wave of interest in electronic maintenance and repairs in the city.
  • Restarters Oslo arranges «fixing parties» for electronics, where «fixers» repair everything from toasters to mobile phones – all without cost – for whoever decides to pop by.
  • Working locally and practically, Restarters Oslo is changing our relationship to electronics in order to reduce the level of discarded products. It is good for both the environment and the wallet.
  • For her work, Kaja Ahnfelt was awarded Oslo´s Environmental Prize of 2017.

Unfortunately, many products are made in such a way that they are difficult or impossible to repair. Sustainable production is therefore also about being able to dismantle a product and having spare parts available.