Kirsti Strøm Bull is elected President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. She is a Professor of law at the University of Oslo. Her specialty is family law and Sami-related law. Kirsti Strøm Bull is the second woman in the Academy's more than 150 years history to hold this position. The Academy is led by a presidium which in addition to the President consists of Secretary General Øivind Andersen and Vice-President Nils Chr. Stenseth.
The presidium: Vice-President Nils Chr. Stenseth, President Kirsti Strøm Bull and Secretary General Øivind Andersen. Photo: Eirik Furu Baardsen
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters organizes monthly meetings on scientific or scholarly topics, or on aspects of science and society, which are open to everybody. In addition to these meetings, the Academy hosts scientific conferences, symposia and other types of events.
Some lectures and events are in English. The 2013 Academy Lecture in the Humanities and Social Sciences will be given by Professor Jürgen Kocka on March 12. The title of his lecture is "Limits of Markets and States: Problems in the History of Capitalism". Professor Kocka is the recipient of the 2011 Holberg International Memorial Prize, awarded by the University of Bergen.
"Neglected Diseases and Emerging Diseases" are the topics for a meeting at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on 21 March. The speakers are: Dr. Tim Wells, Chief Scientific Officer, Medicines for Malaria Venture, Geneva and Peter Hotez, Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas.
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has since 2003 awarded the Abel Prize in mathematics. The winner of the Abel Prize 2013 will be announced by the Academy's President on 20 March. The announcement will be transmitted as a live webcast from 12 noon (GMT + 1). The Abel Prize will be presented to the laureate by HM King Harald at an award ceremony in Oslo on the 21st of May.
Last year the Academy entered a new arena with a full day's program on the communication of science at the House of Literature in Oslo. On 27 April the Academy will be back at the House of Literature with a program where philosophy, language and history will be the main topics.