How can research solve global challenges? Join us in the discussion during the Letten Prize Days in Oslo.
The events are open to the public and free to attend. For practical purposes, registration is required.
(register by 7 September to be guaranteed lunch/refreshments)
Time: 12 September 12:00 – 18:00 Letten Seminar 13 September 14:00 – 15:00 Letten Award Ceremony Place: Gamle festsal, University of Oslo
Wednesday 12 September: Letten Seminar
12.00-12.55: Registration and light lunch
Registration: Gamle Festsal
Light lunch: Aulakjelleren
13.00-14.40 Session 1: Celebrating groundbreaking research
Welcome by Asta Busingye Lydersen, master of ceremony.
Lecture: Brain waste clearance and the importance of sleep by Professor Erlend Nagelhus, University of Oslo
This lecture provides an opportunity to become familiar with the continuation of Letten F. Saugstad’s research.
Panel conversation: Using research to solve global challenges
- Tarunabh Khaitan, winner of the Letten Prize 2018
- Robert Aldridge, short listed for the Letten Prize 2018
- Nassim El Achi, short listed for the Letten Prize 2018
The panel will give you insights into their work as well as how they believe research can be used to solve global challenges. The panel is chaired by Asta Busingye Lydersen.
About the speakers Khaitan is a legal scholar specializing in equality and disclination law. His work has already had an impact on the drafting of the Anti-Discrimination and Equality Bill, presented by Shashi Tharoor MP in India’s Parliament, and UK supreme court and by the European Court of Human Rights. He will use the prize to set up Indian Equality Law Program at Melbourne Law School. Read more about Tarunabh Khaitan. Aldridge fields of research are epidemiology, public health, migration, and data science and his worked is directed towards international migrants. While trained as a chemist, El Achi has since retrained in water management. Her current field of research focuses on the implementation of rainwater harvesting in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. Read more about Aldridge and El Achi.
14.40-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-17.30 Session 2: Research in and for the Anthropocene
Lecture: Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change: Is “Research as Usual” Sufficient? by Professor Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo
This lecture addresses the role of research — and researchers — in meeting the important goal of limiting global warming by the end of this century to below 2°C.
Shortnote: Crop evolution in the Anthropocene. By Associate professor Ola Westengen, NMBU
Using the crop maize as a case, this lecture illustrates the continuity and change in the human-plant relationship during the early and late Anthropocene.
Shortnote: Authoritarian Inclusion? A Sociological Approach to the Study of Political Regimes by Associate Professor Anna Lisa Ahlers, University of Oslo
Using China as a case, this lecture addresses whether we possess sufficient theoretical and analytical tools for the study of modern authoritarianism in all its forms, facets and dynamics.
Lecture: Global Inequality and Development in an Age of Climate Breakdown by Jason Hickel, Lecturer, Goldsmiths University of London
This lecture takes a closer look at global inequality and addresses ‘what are the prospects for development in the Anthropocene’?
17.30 Reception at the Faculty of Law Library
Thursday 13 September: Letten Prize Award Ceremony
14:00 – 15:00 Award Ceremony, Gamle Festsal
Master of Ceremony: Asta Busingye Lydersen
- A brief introduction to Letten F. Saugstad and her life and work, given by Professor Borghild Roald
- A statement from the committee, represented by Associate Professor Katerini T. Storeng
- An interview with the winner of the 2018 Letten Prize, Tarunabh Khaitan, and Asta Busingye Lydersen.
- Music from music students at Barratt Due Institute of Music.
The venues during the Letten Prize Days
All venues are located around the University Square, at the central campus of the University of Oslo. The closest tube station is Nationaltheateret.