Travelling to Oslo
The main airport Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL) is located 45 km north of Oslo, and is the most frequently used gateway to Norway. There are direct flights to Oslo from all major European cities, as well as many overseas destinations. From the airport, the most convenient way of travelling in to the city centre is with the Airport Express Train, which takes under 30 minutes and costs NOK 180 one way (NOK 90 for students). There is also an Airport Express Coach, which takes appr. 45 minutes depending on traffic, and costs NOK 190 one way.
You can also reach Oslo via Sandefjord Airport Torp.
This web page from VisitOslo.com provides an overview of airlines that fly directly to the Oslo area.
Buses to Oslo arrive at the Oslo Bus Terminal, which is in the city centre, right next to the Oslo Central Station.
You can travel by ferry to Oslo from Kiel, Fredrikshavn and Copenhagen.
The main roads towards Oslo are E6 from the south (east side of the Oslo Fjord) and north, and E18 from the east (Stockholm) and the south (west side of the Oslo Fjord).
For more information on travelling to Oslo, please consult this page at VisitOslo.com
Options for local transportation in Oslo include buses, trams and the underground (T-bane). To plan your travel in Oslo, visit the web site of Ruter. Ruter also has free apps for Android and iOS. A one way ticket within Oslo costs NOK 33, a 24 h ticket costs NOK 90, and a 7 day pass costs NOK 240.
The Faculty of Educational Sciences (Helga Engs Hus) is based on Blindern campus. The conference sessions will take place at the Helga Eng building in Sem Sælands vei 7, which is marked on this map. The building is just a few minutes's walk from the T-bane (metro) and tram station stops called Blindern/ Universitetet Blindern.
HOW TO GET FROM CENTRAL TRAIN STATION TO THE CONFERENCE VENUE:
The fastest way is to take metro (called t-bane) 4 (direction 'Vestli') or 5 (direction 'Ringen' or 'Sognsvann') that are leaving from the platform going westbound from Oslo S (look for a big T to find the metro and signs "westbound" to find the right platform). Get off at stop "Blindern" and when you leave the metro, go straight ahead into the campus and then turn to the right. The Helga Engs Building is only few minutes walk from the Blindern stop. Check the map below.
HOW TO GET FROM ANKER HOTEL TO THE CONFERENCE VENUE:
Anker Hotel is unfortunately not in walking distance to the conference venue. The most direct connection is by taking the tram 17 (direction 'Rikshospitalet') from Hausmanns gate (directly in front of the hotel) all the way to the stop "Universitetet Blindern". From there it is a 5 minute walk through the university campus to the Helga Engs Building. There are maps all over the campus or you can check the campus map online beforehand here:
Anker Hotel (NB! Not Anker HOSTEL) is a modern conference hotel located in the middle of Oslo. High speed internet is available in every room free of charge. There is always a parking space available. Breakfast buffet is included and served on the first floor.
Address: Storgata 55, 0182 Oslo
Phone: 22 99 75 10
HOW TO GET FROM AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL
If you are coming by plane, just take Airport Express Train (Flytoget) from Gardermoen Airport (Oslo lufthavn) to the Central Train Station (Oslo S). The trip lasts twenty minutes and costs 180 NOK in one direction. Please note that there is also a cheaper train for 92 NOK, which leaves from a different platform next to the Express Train and goes only 2-3 times an hour. Just look for the NSB trains at the airport and check which ones are going to Central Train Station. More info can also be found here: https://www.nsb.no/en/frontpage.
From the Central Train Station Square you can take tram numbers: 12, 13 and 17, as well as bus numbers: 30, and 31. Get off at Hausmanns gate stop. The Anker hotel is just 3 min walk from the Hausmanns gate stop.
Public Transport in Oslo
There is NO transportation organized for you by the local organizing committee. Everybody needs to arrange their own transportation. Luckily Oslo is not very big and has a very good public transport system. Remember to keep the receipts for your tickets so they can be reimbursed afterwards.
The public transport provider is called 'Ruter'. Oslo and the surrounding areas are divided into zones: https://ruter.no/en/buying-tickets/zones/. Here you find all information about the different types of tickets available: https://ruter.no/en/buying-tickets/tickets-and-fares/
The ticket you can buy for the regular NSB train (NOT Airport Express Train!) from the airport is a so-called 4-zone ticket (93 NOK), which can be used with all means of transportation and is valid for several hours within Oslo city center and all surrounding zones. If you took the Airport Express Train, you need to buy an extra ticket for the tram/bus/metro. It costs 33 NOK and can be only bought at machines in the metro stations or Oslo S, but NOT in the trams, metros or busses. We recommend using the smartphone app for buying tickets: https://ruter.no/en/buying-tickets/mobile-ticket-app/
There is a 7-day ticket, which might be a good investment, if you are staying for the whole four days and would use public transport twice a day (it is worth it when you use public transport more than 7 times during the week). If you wish to use the NSB train from the airport AND buy a 7-day ticket, you need to do the following: Buy a 7 day ticket for zone 1 (aka the city center) at the airport, and in addition a so called supplementary ticket (tilleggsbillett) for 3 zones (60 NOK), which would only be valid for the one journey from the airport to the city center. Please find more info here: https://ruter.no/en/buying-tickets/tickets-and-fares/supplementary-tickets/
If you buy a physical ticket from the machine, please remember to validate it BEFORE boarding the train or metro (however, it's possible to validate them within the bus and tram). If you use the smartphone app, the digital ticket is valid as soon as you have paid for it in your app.
"The Blue, The Green, and the Capital in between"
Oslo is situated at the head of Oslo Fjord surrounded by forested ridges, and this very location gives the city unexpected qualities for a national capital. The surrounding countryside provides recreational opportunities for the city’s inhabitants and visitors, in summer as well as in winter. Not many world capitals offer subway service to the forest, with lakes and hiking trails within city limits.
Oslo has a population of only 600 000, which is relatively low compared to most European capitals. However, it is paradoxically one of the largest in terms of area. Oslo covers more than 450 square kilometers, most of which comprises forests and arable land.
Oslo is a city full of contrasts. Its natural beauty, in combination with all the facilities of a modern metropolis, adds to the charm of a city often called "the world's biggest village".
More modern districts include the bustling Aker Brygge area, a rehabilitated old shipyard, with its Mediterranean style shops, restaurants and cafés. Oslo’s beautiful natural surroundings, its varied architecture, and its multinational inhabitants contribute to the city’s unique atmosphere.
Oslo’s climate is actually better than our northern latitude might indicate. This is due to the Gulf Stream bringing warmth from the Gulf of Mexico across the Atlantic Ocean and along the coast of Norway. And in the summer, the sun is up 19 hours per day.
From its position above the city, the Holmenkollen ski jump features the world’s oldest ski museum and one of the best panoramic views over Oslo. The new ski jump was ready for the World Nordic Ski Championships in 2011. It has prompted many to regard Oslo as a winter city, and Oslo does deserve the name “The World’s Winter Capital”.
Yet Oslo is just as much a summer city that has all the activities and pleasures we normally associate with summer. The numbers of activities on the fjord and in the city’s parks are a sign that Oslo’s citizens exploit the summer to the utmost.
The fjord is a great outdoor venue in the summer with interesting activities on the many islands in the fjord, a large and professional yacht charter industry - taking people out. And in the summer - the sun literally never sets.
Among internationally known museums in Oslo you find the Munch Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Polar ship Fram Museum, TheViking Ship Museum, the National Gallery, the Norwegian Folk Museum, the Vigeland Sculpture Park and Museum. The Vigeland Sculpture Park covers an area of 80 acres. The 212 sculptures are all modeled in full size by Gustav Vigeland. He also designed the architectural setting and the layout of the grounds. The park is a popular recreation area all year.
Oslo is also known for the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. The new Nobel Peace Center is a unique building, a museum filled with “Food for Thought” in the footsteps of great personalities through the 100 years history of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Oslo’s new Opera House, shaped like an ice-berg coming out of the water, has become an icon in Oslo, and is visited by appx 2,5 million people every year.
For more information about Oslo, visit VisitOslo.com.
How to eat in Oslo without spending a fortune
Oslo has the unfortunate reputation of being one of the most expensive places to live, but there are several opportunities for reasonably priced and tasty food in Oslo. Below you will find a list of cafes and restaurants that offer a selection of main courses for around or less than 150 kroner and which are within walking distance from Anker Hotel.
Lille Saigon Gingergrass (Bernt Ankers gate 7) is very popular with the locals. While the interior is basic, this café serves generous portions of fresh Vietnamese food at very reasonable prices. They are flexible in catering to vegetarian needs. This place is not to be confused with Saigon Lille, which is a different outlet a bit further up the road.
Rice Bowl (Youngs gate 4) is a Thai café close to Youngstorget. Like Lille Saigon, it is popular with the locals, and you may have to wait a little while for a table. They customise a lot of their dishes to vegetarians. Please note that Rice Bowl doesn't serve alcohol. They also have to other branches, here and here.
A good place for pizza is Hell's Kitchen (Møllergata 23), a bar close to Youngstorget. The place is popular for drinks after work and can get crowded at night. They also offer a good range of options for vegetarians.
More vegetarian food can be found at Vega (Akersgata 74), which offers all-you-can-eat buffets.
A good address for Persian food is Zaffran (Osterhaus' gate 13) close to Torggata, which is one of the most popular streets in Oslo nightlife at the moment.
Punjabi Tandoori (Grønland 24) is a no frills café where you get a full meal of Indian food (curry, rice, and a freshly baked nan bread) for less than 100 kr. There are many Indian, Pakistani and Somali restaurants with good food for reasonable prices around the metro stop Grønland.
For more reasonably priced food in Oslo, please refer to this page from VisitOslo.com which lists several other alternatives.
Stipendiatorganisasjonene i Norge
The Association of Doctoral Organisations in Norway, or SiN for short, was officially founded in Oslo, in January 26th 2003. SiN is a joint committee of local organisations for doctoral candidates and post doctors at Norwegian colleges and universities. Currently there are 7 local member organisations.
The SiN Executive Board advocates on behalf of its members to gain resources for their benefit, allocates resources among them and arbitrates among them and any other involved parties. In general, SiN oversees member unions' activities and is the governing body of the doctoral organisation in Norway.
SiN is a network promoting contacts between its member organisations and expressing joint opinions on political issues concerning education and research, and other issues relevant to the member organisations.
- Focus on the quality and the accomplishment of the projects in order to secure a good doctoral program
- Work conditions that promote the recruitment of good candidates to research
SiN is a free and politically independent organisation. The board is comprised of between three and seven volunteers, elected at the Annual General Meeting, and carries out SiN's daily activity in close contact with its member organisations. SiN is a member of The European Council of Doctoral Candidates (EURODOC).
Eurodoc is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers. It is an international federation of 32 national organisations of PhD candidates, and more generally of young researchers from 32 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe.
Eurodoc’s objectives are:
- To represent doctoral candidates and junior researchers at the European level in matters of education, research, and professional development of their careers.
- To advance the quality of doctoral programmes and the standards of research activity in Europe.
- To promote the circulation of information on issues regarding young researchers; organize events, take part in debates and assist in the elaboration of policies about Higher Education and Research in Europe.
- To establish and promote co-operation between national associations representing doctoral candidates and junior researchers within Europe.
Eurodoc was founded in Girona (Spain) on 02/02/02. Eurodoc has had it's seat in Brussels, Belgium since 2005.
Eurodoc’s Mission Statement can be downloaded at Eurodoc mission statement