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).