The Nils Klim Committee recommendation for 2020 is ready

The Nils Klim Committee at work, January 2020, University of Iceland. From the left: Dorthe Staunæs, Ástráður Eysteinsson, Lars Magnusson, Tone Sverdrup and Auli Vähäkangas. Photo: Hjørdis Maria Longva

The Nils Klim Committee Reykjavik on Tuesday 21 January for a final round of deliberations before deciding on their recommendation for the 2020 Nils Klim Prize Winner.

The Nils Klim Committee held their annual meeting on Tuesday 21 January, at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. After thorrough discussion of this years shortlist candidates, the committee have now decided on who should become the 2020 Nils Klim Laureate.

With highly qualified candidates from very different adacemic disciplines their work has been challenging. Their recommendation will be presented to the Holberg Board in mid February and the official announcement of the 2020 Holberg Prize and the Nils Klim Prize will take place at Media City Bergen, on 5 March, at 9:00 CET. The event will be live-streamed from the Holberg Prize website.

The Nils Klim Committee

To ensure that all candidates get a thorrough and fair evaluation the Nils Klim Committee will always have members from different nationalities and academic backgrounds. The five  members are all awknowledged scholars from the humanities, social sciences, law or theology, one from each of the Nordic countries. The members are elected for three years at the time, and can be reelected once.

Tone Sverdrup is chair of the Nils Klim Committee. This was the first meeting for Icelandic and Finnish committee members Ástráður Eysteinsson and Auli Vähäkangas, who took over after Vilhjalmur Arnason and Elina Vuola left the committee last summer.

Nils Klim Symposium on Consensus and Disagreement

Finnur Dellsén og dei andre innleiarane frå Nils Klim-symposiet.
Boaz Miller, Kirsten Intemann, Deborah Tollefsen, Dunja Šešelja and Finnur Dellsén was keynote speakers at the Nils Klim Symposium on Monday 20 January. Photo: Hjørdis Maria Longva

On Monday 20 January previous Nils Klim Laureate Finnur Dellsén hosted the Nils Klim Symposium: Consensus and Disagreement: Perspectives from Social Epistemology and Philosophy of Science at the Nordic House. Dellsén and four of his peers from the field of philosophy and social epistemology (Kristen Intemann, Boaz Miller, Deborah Tollefsen and Dunja Šešelja presented their resarch projects and views on matters ranging from climate change communication and the role of the media in presenting scientific findings to the public, to the epistemological differences between group beliefs and individual beliefs, and what constitutes true knowledge.

Finnur Dellséns talk on Consensus and Marginal Dissent: A Social Epistemology for the 97% will be published as a podcast and video lecture in the near future.

Nominate a candidate for the Nils Klim Prize 2021

Scholars holding positions at universities and other research institutions, including academies, are entitled to nominate candidates to the Nils Klim Prize. The nomination form for 2021 is now open. The deadline for nominations is the 15 June. The Nils Klim Prize is awarded to young Nordic scholars under the age of 35 years, for outstanding contributions in the fields of humanities, social sciences, law or theology.