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King Harald hands out the Kavli Award

The Kavli Award is three research prizes awarded every other year in Oslo by the American Kavli Foundation and the Norwegian Academy of Sciences. King Harald of Norway has handed out the Kavli Award for 2020 and 2022.

This happened, firstly, in an awards ceremony which was held in the Oslo Concert Hall. A reception and dinner followed, attended by His Majesty, the winner, and other guests in the Oslo City Hall.

King Harald was received in Oslo Concert Hall by members of the Kavli Foundation on September 6th 2022. The king was then shown to his seat up on the stage. His Majesty handed out diplomas to all recipients of the awards and congratulated the winners. King Harald has awarded the Kavli Prize every time this has happened, since he became King of Norway.

A total of 18 prize winners attended in what is Norway`s largest science event this year. The initiative for the Kavli Prize came from the Norwegian industrial magnate Fred Kavli, who wanted to honour the world’s best researchers in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The researchers who are honoured have worked on a huge and diverse range of matters, including on the sun and the interior of the stars, with research on surface layers, which are used in everything from paint to medical tests, and gene errors that cause rare diseases, to name a few.

The recipients of the Kavli prize are taking the main role in a number of events in Oslo and Trondheim this week. On September 5th 2022, all the winners were interviewed at the Munch Museum by BBC profiler Vivienne Parry and science journalist Danielle George. Jim Al-Khalili and Gry Molvær Hivju were the leaders of the main ceremonies at the Oslo Concert Hall on September 6th 2022.  

His Majesty used two crutches, as he has been doing lately. Nevertheless, the King looked unusually healthy and when he left the hall he received a standing ovation from the packed hall.

The ceremony will be broadcasted on Norwegian and Swedish television on Thursday evening and on various other European television channels throughout the autumn.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.