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The Thor Heyerdahl International day

The Thor Heyerdahl International Day is and international conference, organised by the Institute, in close cooperation with partners

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The Thor Heyerdahl International day is dedicated to a contemporary global issue. The aim of the conference is to continue to develop the cultural legacy of Thor Heyerdahl, and to take action for the Sustainable Development Goals, to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

The aim of the conference is also to try to be a visible arena/forum for global issues.

The conference has been organised for many years and the Institute has worked continuously from 2006 to recruit well-known national/international speakers to the event. So far, two Nobel-prize winners have spoken at the conference.

It has addressed global challenges since 2006 including water and sanitation, indigenous populations in the world, life below water, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

Since 10th. November 2021, The Thor Heyerdahl International Day has been inspired by World Science Day for Peace and Development. Celebrated every year by UNESCO. It highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. By linking science more closely with society, it also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives (www.un.org).

The Thor Heyerdahl International Day Conference’s since 2006

  • 2006 Global Identity
  • 2007 The Polar Regions
  • 2008 Indigenous People of the World
  • 2009 The Environment
  • 2010 Protection of the Global Environment I
  • 2011 Protection of the Global Environment II
  • 2012 Our Thirsty Planet I
  • 2014 Sustainable Development
  • 2016 A world in change – International Dialogue
  • 2017 Who are we? – Cultural heritage & identity
  • 2018 Where are we going? – Climate & environment
  • 2019 Feast for the Sea
  • 2021 Migration & Identity
  • 2022 Migration & Ethnicity
  • 2023 Migration & Climate
  • 2024 Our Thirsty Planet II – Water
  • 2025 Title to be announced

Coming soon!