On the occasion of the official visit to the United States of Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, two seminars on transatlantic relations are held at the Carnegie Institution.

Their Majesties will take questions from the media in the Library, 3rd. floor, 11:35-11:45 am. Media should arrive for registration and set up at 11:00 am. Web cast will be provided at . For your convenience, please report your attendance at the press availability to the Norwegian Embassy,, by Thursday, March 3, 4:00 pm.

Registration for both seminars starts at 08:00. A press kit will be provided upon arrival.

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1. Seminar on “Transatlantic Efforts for Peace and Security”. 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

His Majesty King Harald V will open the seminar focusing on present day challenges to the Euro-Atlantic region and the vital transatlantic ties that unite Europe and the United States. The 100 years of strong bilateral bonds between Norway and the United States form a historic backdrop for this seminar.

The seminar will be chaired by Dr. John J. Hamre, President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), co-organizer of the event.

The Keynote Speakers are:

His Excellency Mr. Jan Petersen, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Hon. Richard Lugar, Senator, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Following the speeches, remarks will be made by a panel featuring The Hon. Martin Olav Sabo, U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Karl Kaiser, Director Emeritus of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. John Hamre and Mr. Sverre Lodgaard, Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

2. A Transatlantic Symposium on Enhanced Cooperation in Research, Technology and Higher Education. 10:00 am-1:00 pm (pre-session on Higher Education from 8:30 am)

The Symposium will be opened 10:00 am by Her Majesty Queen Sonja and emphasizes the historically strong research and educational bonds between Norway and the United States. Seeking to broaden and revitalize these ties, the Symposium will highlight Norway’s recently adopted Strategy for Research and Technology Cooperation with North America.

The Symposium features the following Keynote Speakers:

• Ms. Thorhild Widvey, Norwegian Minister for Petroleum and Energy

• Dr. John H. Marburger III, Science Adviser to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy

• Mr. Bjorn Haugstad, Deputy Minister, Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research

• Ms. Harriet Fulbright, President of the Fulbright International Center

Three thematic sessions will be organized at the Symposium:

1. Enhanced Transatlantic Cooperation in Space, Polar and Environmental Research in Northern Regions.

2. Enhanced Transatlantic Cooperation in Research on Ocean Dynamics and Industrial Applications (including Tsunami warnings)

3. Enhanced Transatlantic Cooperation in Higher Education & Research Training

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