About the festival

The Big Challenge is an international science festival that will be held by NTNU on 16-19 June 2019.

The festival is for anyone who is interested in the challenges we face in the future, with the goal of sharing knowledge and inspiring the next generation.

World-leading researchers, performers, artists and opinion leaders will come to Trondheim for the event.  The programme will highlight topics such as the technology of tomorrow, the nature of truth, and what we need to do to build a sustainable future.  Speakers will challenge themselves and the audience to think about how we can influence the future – and how the future will influence us.

In addition to the main programme, the Big Challenge festival will also include concerts.


All-round experience for the public

The science programme will mostly be held in downtown Trondheim, in the Olavshallen concert hall.

All concerts will be held at Solsiden. This is the first time that this historic location will be used as a concert venue.

A complete festival pass for all lectures and concerts costs NOK 3700. Students, children and youths will be eligible for a discounted pass. The concerts will be suitable for children and young people. The festival also includes a programme for school children, with content to be announced later.


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Festival theme

  • Battling for truth- science and politics
  • The role of technology in societal development
  • Sustainable solutions for future development and changes

Four elements:

  • Science communication
  • School outreach program
  • Science and innovation
  • Academic conferences


The Big Challenge festival in Trondheim is being organized and held by NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. NTNU is responsible for the festival’s content, coordinating and implementing the science programme and general arrangements.

Trondheim Stage will produce the major concerts.



The Big Challenge festival board is composed of representatives from NTNU, the Municipality of Trondheim, the Trøndelag County Municipality and Technoport.

The chairman of the board is NTNU’s Pro-Rector for Research, Bjarne Foss.

The project manager is Trond Singsaas, NTNU, mobile phone +47 918 97 333

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