Oslo Dialogue on Democracy
Oslo Dialogue on Democracy is a three-day seminar for first-year master students from universities in Norway and Sweden studying Peace & Conflict, International Relations or Human Rights. This year, students from Uppsala University, University of Oslo, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and University of South-Eastern Norway are invited to join the seminar.

Oslo Dialogue is organized by Voksenåsen - Center for Swedish-Norwegian Cooperation. The seminar takes place at Voksenåsen hotel in Oslo on December 12th-14th (Uppsala students will arrive by bus on December 11th).

The theme for the seminar this year is: Democracy 2050: on track or off the rails?. The seminar seeks to give the participants insight into how technology development, climate crisis, energy crisis, migration patterns, youth engagement and so on might shape the future of democracy. The program will include workshops, discussions, relevant guests and interaction among the students. Check out the program below!

As always with Oslo Dialogue our ambition is to:

  • Create a platform for professional networking and development for students aspiring a career within the fields of peace work, democracy building, diplomacy or human rights advocacy

  • Act as a complement to the theory and literature students gain through their studies

  • Provide the students with a broader insight and approach to the fields in focus, as well as valuable insight into career opportunities

  • Challenge, inspire and encourage 

How to join Oslo Dialogue 2022?
Click "Apply here" and fill out the application form. Deadline is November 7th.

NB! Oslo Dialogue is limited to 50 students. We strive for a balance between students from Uppsala University and the participating Norwegian universities, as well as a diverse group of participants in general. Applicants who do not receive a spot will be placed on a waiting list. 

What does it cost?
Oslo Dialogue is financed by Regeringskanseliet, the Swedish Embassy in Oslo, Olof Palmes minnesfond, svensk-norska samarbetsfonden and Voksenåsen. Participants pay a small fee (500 NOK), which will cover travels, as well as all meals and accomodation at Voksenåsen hotel.
Voksenåsen Hotel, Oslo, Norway
Date & Time
December 12th - 14th 
"The three day program was likely more helpful toward my degree than many of my classes thus far" 

"I liked the interactive elements very much"

"I met and established networks with people from all over the world. I miss the place already"
- Oslo Dialogue participants 2021
NB! The schedule may be subject to change
Sunday Dec 11 (evening)

ca. 18.00 Arrival, check-in and dinner for students from Uppsala University

Monday Dec 12

From 07.30 - 09.30 Breakfast for Uppsala students

08.15 – 09.15 Arrival and check-in students from University of Oslo, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and University of South-Eastern Norway

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome, introductions and practical information by Voksenåsen

10.00 – 10.30 Discussion in groups, facilitated by Voksenåsen/ODD volunteers

10.30 – 10.45 Break

10.45 – 11.45 Democracy in crisis mode, with Bård Larsen from Civita - The Liberal Think Tank

11.45 – 12.45 Lunch

12.45 – 13.45 When conflict and climate collide: the global displacement crisis, with Paul Ireland from The Norwegian Refugee Council

13.45 - 14.00 Break

14.00 – 15.30 How Truth Matters: Misinformation, Misconceptions, and Democracy, with Morten Langfeldt Dahlback from Faktisk

15.30 – 16.30 Fika + discussion in groups, facilitated by Voksenåsen/ODD volunteers

16.30 - 18.00 The D**ktators- campaign and democracy-workshop, with The Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH)

18.00 – 19.00 Free time/mingle in Salongen

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner

20.00 – 22.00 Quiz night

Tuesday Dec 13

From 07.30 – 09.00 Breakfast

09.00 – 11.30 The Nangijala Case: workshop with Voksenåsen

11.30 – 11.45 Break

11.45 – 12.45 The future of Politics: Talk with Norwegian Youth Politicians: Kaja Yngsdal Hilleren (Socialist Youth Party), Tobias Stokkeland (Green Youth Party), Gaute Skjervø (Workers' Youth League), Ingrid Storebø (Norwegian Young Conservatives). Moderator: Alice Ovilda from the Swedish Embassy in Oslo

12.45 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 - 14.45 Free time - get ready to leave 

14.45 Bus to visit the Swedish Embassy in Oslo

15.30 - 17.15 Visit at The Swedish Embassy: Talk with Ambassador Cecilia Björner

17.15 - 18.45 Free time downtown

18.45 Bus back to Voksenåsen

19.30 - 20.30 Dinner at Voksenåsen

20.30 - 22.00 Movie Night/free time

Wednesday Dec 14

From 07.30 – 09.00 Breakfast and Check-Out

09.00 – 12.00 "Career speed dating" with

  • Emmie Isaksson from the Swedish Embassy
  • Mahalet Tadesse and Sophie Danielsen from NOREF
  • Guro Slettemark from Transparency International 
  • Kristin Omsveen from MSF/Doctors without Borders
  • Lillian Hjorth from The Human Rights Academy

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.00 Wrap-up and departure
 Join us on December 12!
We look forward to hosting you!
Oslo Dialogue on Democracy 2022 has been financed by:

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