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Harald Eia, Dag Hessen and Bjørn Vassnes receive the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute

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Foto: Linda Bournane Engelberth

The Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute acknowledges remarkable efforts to promote free speech, often in connection with current events. The tribute is accompanied by NOK 100 000 to each recipient. The Fritt Ord Foundation's Board has resolved to award the following tributes:



Harald Eia is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for, through the programme Brainwash, having precipitated one of the most heated debates on research in recent times.



Dag Olav Hessen is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for, in an engaging manner, having conveyed scientific insight and making well-grounded contributions to the public debate.



Bjørn Roar Vassnes is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for his all-round, critical and independent contributions to the communication of scientific knowledge and debate.

Harald Eia is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for, through the programme Brainwash, having precipitated one of the most heated debates on research in recent times.
The popular science TV series Brainwash, focusing on biology and society(broadcast on NRK in the spring of 2010) addressed controversial issues about, among other things, gender, sex and race. Although Eia's journalistic methods have been subject to criticism, the series sparked growing interest in the correlation between nature and nurture, and promoted academic criticism and a renewed dialogue about traditions from different academic disciplines.



Dag Olav Hessen is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for, in an engaging manner, having conveyed scientific insight and making well-grounded contributions to the public debate.

Dag Hessen is a professor of Biology at the University of Oslo, and is affiliated with the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis. Hessen has published a large number of books that are very strong academically. He has served as a scientific expert in several media in an outstanding manner.



Bjørn Roar Vassnes is awarded the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute for his all-round, critical and independent contributions to the communication of scientific knowledge and debate.

Bjørn Vassnes has, as a science journalist, been innovative in several areas of communication. He helped start the popular TV programme "Schrödingers cat" on NRK and, through a series of books and articles, he has helped promote scientific themes across disciplinary divides.



The Tributes will be presented at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, 14 December 2010, in the Fritt Ord Foundation's premises at Uranienborgveien 2 in Oslo.



In the field of science, the Fritt Ord Foundation is cooperating with the University of Oslo Library on a new Mathematics and Natural Science Library and the Science Debate programme.



The Fritt Ord Foundation, Oslo is a public-utility private foundation that aspires to promote freedom of expression and public debate.



See the list of previous recipients of the Fritt Ord Foundation Tribute





Press Release: Wednesday, 8 December 2010



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Support for the launch of new documentary films

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The Fritt Ord Foundation's major grants in February include support for three documentary films being launched in spring 2014. The company f(x) film and Director Fridtjof Kjæreng received NOK 100 000 to launch "Beauty and the priest" about abortion opponent Børre Knudsen. The film had previously received NOK 500 000 in production support from the Fritt Ord Foundation. Faction Film, represented by Director and Producer Håvard Bustnes, received NOK 100 000 for the launch of "Rebellious great-grandmothers", which had previously been granted NOK 200 000 for production. NOK 100 000 were allocated for a full-length version of the documentary "Drone" by Flimmer Film and Director Tonje Hessen Schei. The Fritt Ord Foundation granted NOK 400 000 for the development and production of "Drone" in 2011-2012. Click on the links to read more about the films and to see the trailers.

A list has now been published of the major grants awarded by the Fritt Ord Foundation in February 2014 (in Norwegian).

Anne-Stine Johnsbråten's ‘Women in Japan’ to Pecha Kucha
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Photographer Anne-Stine Johnsbråten will be presenting her documentary photo project 'Women in Japan' at Pecha Kucha Night at 7.30 p.m. at DogA, Hausmanns gate 16, Oslo, on Thursday, 13 February 2014. Pecha Kucha Night is a multi-media event where players in the fields of architecture, design, film, art and music meet and informally show their work through a series of brief presentations. See the full programme for the evening.

The Fritt Ord Foundation has granted NOK 100 000 to Johnsbråten's work with 'Women in Japan'. This will be the first time the pictures are being shown in public.