The Norwegian Conference on the History of Science

The 8th Norwegian Conference on the History of Science is is postponed until 2021, due to the pandemic. 

Webcast panels in 2020

To compensate for the postponed conference, and to kindle the flame for next year, we have organized two webcast panels pertaining to current issues within the history of science, each with a prominent keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion. 

Nathaniel Comfort (Johns Hopkins University) spoke on Tuesday 24 November 19:00 -21:00. Watch video here

Franziska Torma (Rachel Carson Center) spoke on Wednesday 25 November 14:15-16:00. Video will be published. The events were co-organized with the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo, who facilitated the online event. 

For any queries regarding the webcast panels or the postponed conference, please contact: norvithist@outlook.com 

About The Norwegian Conferences on the History of Science

The first Norwegian Conference on the History of Science was organized in Oslo in 2007 with the aim of establishing a national network for historians of science.


The inaugural meeting proved a success and set the basis for stimulating discussions among the wider academic community, which includes scholars working on the history of technology and medicine. The following conferences in Tromsø, Trondheim, Oslo, and Bergen have further expanded its scope to forge a forum for both national and international exchange of ideas and collaboration.

Who are we?

The online event is organized by the Program Committee for of the Norwegian Conferences on the History of Science in collaboration with The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology and the Science Studies Colloquium at the University of Oslo.

The 8th Norwegian Conference on the History of Science in 2021 is organized by the Program Committee and will be hosted by Museum of Cultural History by its department Museum of University History, University of Oslo, and The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology. The conference has received funding from the Science Studies Colloquium at the University of Oslo.

The themes

In keeping with the conference’s inclusive traditions, submissions are welcomed from scholars working on all themes within the broadly-defined field of the history of science. The conference will include particular streams in the history of science and questions of identity (individual and collective); the history of science and maritime spaces; and the history of science and archives.

The conference of 2021

The conference is set for the dates of December 1-3, 2021. We are proud to announce that the venue will be the neo-classical buildings of the University of Oslo, in the center of the city. More information will follow, as well as call for papers.