Agder Academy of Sciences and Letters
The main mission of Agder Academy of Sciences and Letters is to
strengthen the scientific activity in the Agder region, and
increase the general understanding of the vital importance of
science in society. This mission is accomplished in particular by
organizing public meetings, conferences and seminars, and by
focusing on outstanding academic achievements through the awarding
of academic prizes.
History and organization
Agder Academy was established in 1962. The Principal of
Kristiansand Katedralskole, dr. philos. Halvor Vegard Hauge, was
the founder and the first President of the Academy. In the 1960's,
the Academy played an important role in preparing the way for Agder
Regional College, founded in 1969. The Academy was revitalized and
modernized in 2002, supported by the regional counties and towns,
and financially also by institutions such as Sørlandets
Kompetansefond, a regional development fund located in
Kristiansand. Agder Academy of Sciences and Letters is an
independent legal entity registered in Norway. However, we
cooperate closely with the University of Agder (UiA, formerly Agder
University College) and our office is located on the university
campus in Kristiansand.
MembersThe Academy presently now has over 200 members, the majority of whom are academics. Some are authors, artists and musicians. A good number are professors at the University of Agder, some are professors at other Norwegian universities and university colleges, and some are based at universities abroad, including seven members based in Poznan, Poland. A Poznan chapter of our Academy was established in February 2009.
Board and managementProfessor, dr. philos. Ernst Håkon Jahr is President of Agder Academy and Chairman of our Board of Directors. He was elected in 2002. Ernst Håkon Jahr was Rector of Agder University College until 2007, when he returned to his position as Professor of Nordic Languages. All our board members are presented here.
Professor Rolf Nossum, University of Agder, is our Academy Secretary from 2013.
The former Regional Director of the institutions of higher education in the Agder counties, Thor Einar Hanisch, served as Academy Secretary from 2002 until 2012.