Welcome to The 2020 Kavli Prize Week

During the week, a series of events and dialogues on science will take place in Oslo, Norway, including the Kavli Prize Award Ceremony held in honor of the 2020 Laureates.

We are excited to celebrate this year’s Laureates and their scientific discoveries!

The Kavli Prize is a partnership between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation (United States), and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Read more about the prize here

Photo: Thomas Eckhoff.



Guided Tour in Oslo

Time: Sunday September 6th 2020 at 11:30
Available: 75 of 75

Kavli Laureates Interview Session

Time: Monday September 7th 2020 at 11:00
Place: University of Oslo, Georg Sverdrups hus
Available: 500 of 500

Kavli Prize Award Ceremony

Time: Tuesday September 8th 2020 at 14:00
Place: Oslo Concert Hall
Available: 1400 of 1400

The Astrophysics Symposium

Time: Thursday September 10th 2020 at 10:00
Place: University of Oslo, Professorboligen
Available: 100 of 100

Kavli Prize Laureate Lectures

Time: Friday September 11th 2020 at 10:45
Place: The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Available: Unlimited

The Nanoscience Symposium

Time: Friday September 11th 2020 at 14:30
Place: The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Available: Unlimited

The Neuroscience Symposium

Time: Friday September 11th 2020 at 14:30
Place: The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Available: Unlimited

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  • September 5, 19:00

    Journalist Dinner, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

    National and international journalists and editors - including the winners of the Kavli Prize
    scholarships for science journalists - are invited to a journalist dinner at the Academy.

    Speeches by the President of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted,
    and the Vice-President of the World Federation of Science Journalists, Milica Momcilovic. 

    By invitation only. 

  • September 6, 10:00-11:00

    Information Session, Grand Hotel

    This is an opportunity for all guests to meet the organizers and ask questions.
    We will go through the list of events taking place.
    This will also be an opportunity to learn more about Norwegian etiquette,
    the Banquet and the Award Ceremony.

    Photo credit: Grand Hotel, Oslo.  

  • September 6, 11:30-15:00

    Guided tour

  • September 6, 16:30-18:30

    Kavli Foundation Reception, Grand Hotel

    The reception is an opportunity for the Foundation to bring together all its constituents
    and their guests to celebrate the Kavli Prize Laureates — past and present. 

    The reception takes place at the Grand Hotel Penthouse Terrace overlooking the beautiful
    city of Oslo and its fjord.

    By invitation only.  

  • September 7, 11:00-15:00

    Kavli Prize Laureate Interviews, UiO or University Aula

    Vivienne Parry and Adam Rutherford will interview the Kavli Prize Laureates
    live on stage at the University of Oslo. 

    Parry and Rutherford are experienced science journalists, who will help the
    audience gain a deeper understanding of the Laureates and their award-winning research. 

    Photo credit: Thomas Eckhoff.

  • September 7, 18:00-20:00

    Reception at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

    The reception at the Academy is an informal celebration in honor of the laureates.
    The Academy's estate has its own park and is located at Frogner,
    along with most of the Ambassador's Residences in Oslo.
    Amuse-bouche will be served.

    By invitation only.

  • September 8, 11:30-13:00

    Emerging talents at Oslo Consert Hall

    Young science talents from the Oslo Metropolitan Area are hand-picked to meet some of
    the world's most brilliant minds in engaging talks immediately before the Award Ceremony.

    Photo credit: Thomas Eckhoff. 

  • September 8, 14:00-15:30

    Kavli Prize Award Ceremony at Oslo Consert Hall

    His Majesty King Harald V will present the Kavli Prizes to the Laureates at the Award Ceremony.
    Alan Alda and Heidi Ruud Ellingsen co-host a gala event where artists from both the US and Norway entertains.
    The ceremony is televised by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.

    The doors open at 13:00. Refreshments will be served. 
    Guests are kindly requested to take their seats no later than 13:45.
    Please present your invitation or registration on entry to the Oslo Concert Hall.

    Dress code: Dark suit. 

    Photo credit: Thomas Eckhoff. 

  • September 8, 19:00

    Norwegian Government’s Banquet, Oslo City Hall

    Minister of Research and Higher Education, Iselin Nybø, is the host for the Banquet in honor of the Kavli Prize laureates.
    His Majesty King Harald V will be present.
    Among the 550 guests, you will find many researchers and presidents of scientific institutions from around the world. 

    Dress code: Black tie/national costume. 

    The dinner is by special invitation only.
    Invitations are distributed by e-mail by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. 

     Photo credit: Thomas Eckhoff. 

  • September 10, 10:00-18:30

    The Astrophysics Symposium, University of Oslo

    Kavli Prize Laureate Ewine van Dishoeck will give her Kavli Prize Laureate Lecture at the start of the symposium. 

    The other speakers are: 

    • Debra Fischer, Yale University.
    • Martin Asplund, Australian National University.
    • Christopher J. Pethick, Niels Bohr International Academy, Denmark.
    • Sera Markoff, University of Amsterdam.
    • Sabine Hossenfelder, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies.


    The symposium is open to everyone.

    Ewine van Dishoeck. Photo credit: Henrik Sandsjö/Leiden University.

  • September 10, 13:30-17:00

    The Neuroscience Symposium, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

    The neuroscience Laureates A. James Hudspeth, Robert Fettiplace and Christine Petit will present their research at the Neuroscience Symposium. 

    The Symposium is open to everyone. 

    Photo credit: Dr. David Furness/Wellcome collection.

  • September 10, 13:30-17:00

    The Nanoscience Symposium at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

    In affiliation with the Kavli Prize Lectures, NTNU Nano hosts a symposium focusing on nanoscience in a broad perspective.
    Invited international scientists will present their research at a colloquial level for students, young researchers and scientific staff.

    The speakers at this year’s symposium are:

    • Nobel Laureate Albert Fert.
    • Joanna Aizenberg.
    • Kristina Edström.
    • Albert van den Berg. 


     The symposium is open to everyone.

    A schematic representation of the CRISPR-Cas9 system. Image courtesy of CARLOS CLARIVAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/NTB Scanpix.

  • September 10, 19:00

    Dinner, The Archbishop's Palace, Trondheim

    The formal dinner at the Archbishop’s Palace is an event in honor of the Laureates
    hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim Municipality and Trøndelag County Council.

    Dress code: Business.

    The dinner is by invitation only.

    Photo credit: Kim Nygard.

Practical information


You can book a hotel room at Grand Hotel before August 6th for a special rate. Visit http://www.grand.no/en/ and fill in the booking details, the promotional code BKAV300818 and click "book now". Proceed by following the website's instructions. If you prefer to stay at Hotel Gabelshus, please contact the Academy by email. Contact information is found under Contact. Gabelshus is located in the upscale and quiet residential area of Frogner. This is the Academy's preferred hotel when having guests visiting.

Please note that there will be transportation provided to all events from both hotels.


How do I get from Oslo Airport Gardermoen to Oslo City Center?

By Train (Recommended)

Take a right outside the customs area and proceed to the very end of the arrival hall. Look for the Airport Express Train (Flytoget) sign. Trains depart every 10 minutes, takes 20 minutes to Oslo Central Station and costs 190 NOK. Every other train goes on to the National Theatre Station which is in walking distance from Grand Hotel. 

By Taxi

Take a right outside the customs area and you will find the taxi information desk down the corridor in the arrival hall. Ask for a taxi or type in the name of your hotel - and you will get a list of all companies available. The rates vary between the different companies -- so beware. Book your taxi there and wait outside the terminal for your taxi to appear.  

Click here for information on transportation and costs to and from the Airport.


How do I order a taxi?

When in Oslo we recommend using the company named Oslo Taxi. Call 02323, or 0047 22388090 if calling from a foreign phone number. The Taxi Company and drivers will speak English.


Map of Oslo

If you have a Google account, this map will show the location of the main events during the 2018 Kavli Prize Week. 


What do I wear when?

  • September 4 - Kavli Prize Award Ceremony, Oslo Concert Hall - Business
  • September 4 - The Norwegian Government's Banquet, Oslo City Hall - Black tie/national costume
  • September 6 - Dinner at Archbishop's Palace - Business
  • All other events: Business/business casual

Please note that the temperature will vary from morning to evening in Oslo early September. We suggest checking the weather forecast and bring clothes accordingly. 


Where do I rent clothes?

We strongly urge all guests to bring a tuxedo for the banquet.  If you choose to rent one in Oslo you will need to contact them in advance to schedule a fitting Monday, September 3. You may need to return Tuesday if alterations are necessary. Contact them at post@brudekjolen.no. Their opening hours are 10-18 Monday-Friday, 10-16 Saturday. They are located at Prinsensgate 5, 0152 Oslo. Web: www.brudekjolen.no


The Kavli Prize Banquet

The Kavli Prize Banquet in honor of the Laureates is hosted by the Minister of Research and Higher Education. The dinner is by special invitation only. Invitations are distributed by email by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. 


Things to do in Oslo

If you have some spare time while in Oslo, we recommend this guide.


Public transport

Ruter is the name of the public transport system. City buses, regional buses, trams, subway/metro, local trains and ferries (not the Bygdøy ferry) are all included in Ruter's ticket system. Tickets can be purchased from any of Ruter's sales points. Tickets cost NOK 20 more when purchased on board. To travel by subway/metro or tram, you must always pre-purchase a ticket. We recommend downloading the Ruter Ticket app for easy purchase of tickets.



Eduroam is accessible at Oslo Airport, the university campus, and the Academy. There is also an open Wi-Fi at the Oslo Concert Hall. If you live at Grand Hotel or Gabelshus Wi-Fi is included.


Cash or card?

If you have a debit/credit card with a chip there is no need for local currency. Cash can be used as well, with public transport as the exception (see public transport).


When do I need to be at the airport for departure?

For international flights, we recommend being at the airport two hours before your flight. If your flight is within Europe one hour can be enough.