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Military Sciences – The Backbone of Military Educational Institutions?

How science can contribute to prepare the military organization for the life and tasks of conducting military operations.
On 15–17 November, the 2017 ISMS conference takes place in Oslo. 
  

NEW: Conference Programme (pdf).

Sign up for the conference. (More on fees and accomodation below) 

Deadline for signing up: 15 October 2017.

The next couple of years, the Norwegian Armed Forces will be undergoing an educational reform which means a downsizing of the organisation while simultaneously seeking to retain the output quality. It has come to our understanding that this is not a unique situation for Norway, so there is a common need for improved international scientific networking and pooling of academic resources.

The 2017 conference seeks to increase the value of the ISMS to its member institutions and improve its visibility to their teaching and research staff. 

This year’s conference will explore the value of science in military education. We dig into the sub-sciences of Military Sciences in an attempt to describe, understand and explain how science can illuminate various aspects of military organisations as well as contribute to prepare the military organization for the life and tasks of conducting military operations. This is meant to be an including, rather than excluding, theme to elaborate on and should lead to improved networking between the participants and a strengthening of the ISMS.

The conference has received more than 100 paper abstracts that are undergoing assessment. This means that there will be full panels and a huge variety of topics covered for anyone interested in military issues.  

Wednesday 15 November

Young Scholars Workshop

15 November, 09.00–17.00, The Oslo Congress Center, Youngs gate 21.
See also this map.

A one-day workshop for young scholars getting engaged in the field of Military Sciences.

Discussion Topics

Academic career building and promotion, publication of articles and books, research grants and funding, initiating and maintaining research ties with the armed forces and more. Go to Call for Participation.

 

Teaching Culture Conference organized and hosted by the Norwegian Military Academy (go to separate event homepage)

 

Ice Breaker
15 November, 19.00, Oslo Militære Samfund (Oslo Military Society), Myntgata 3 (right outside the Akershus Fortress).

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Thursday 16 November

Military Sciences – The Backbone of Military Educational Institutions?

The International Society for Military Sciences Annual Conference 2017, organized and hosted by the Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC) in Oslo.

09.00–17.00, The Oslo Congress Center, Youngs gate 21. 
See also this map. 
Registration starts 08.00

  • Admin remarks
  • Welcome by the Commandant of NDUC, Rear Admiral Louise K. Dedichen
  • Opening address by the president of ISMS, Major/Senior Fellow  Anders Sookermany
  • Keynote speech
  • Coffee break
  • Parallel working group session 1

 Lunch

  • Poster session
  • Coffee break
  • Parallel working group session 2

Conference dinner

19.00–22.00, Artilleriloftet (The Artillery Loft) listed as "Fanehallen" on the map, entrance opposite the Defence Museum, Akershus Fortress. 

Friday 17 November

09.00–17.00, The Oslo Congress Center, Youngs gate 21. 

See also this map.

  • Parallel working group session 3

Coffee break

  • Parallel working group session 4

 Lunch

  • Parallel working group session 5
  • Concluding remarks by the working groups chairs
  • Closing remarks by the president of ISMS, Major/Senior Fellow Anders Mcdonald Sookermany

Departure 

 

Registration, conference fee, arrival and accommodation

Sign up for the conference.

Deadline for signing up: 15 October 2017.

Conference fee

By signing up the participants agree to pay (in accordance with the Charter for ISMS article 5 §11) a share for the catering and dinner of NOK 1 000 by credit card (VISA or MasterCard). Details will follow in the program to be issued in October.

Arrival and departure

The recommended hotels are within approximately 5 minutes walking distance to the Oslo Central railway station (Oslo Sentralstasjon).

There are frequent trains between Oslo International Airport Gardermoen and the central station. “Flytoget” is the fastest (19–22 minutes) and costs NOK 180 one way.
The regional “NSB” train L12, R10 and R11 (23 minutes) costs NOK 93 one way.

Please note that “Flytoget” and “NSB” have separate ticket systems.

We also recommend the Google map app, or similar to find your way around Oslo.

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are all in the area between the Oslo Congress Centre and Akershus Fortress, no more than 10–15 minutes walking distance from where the activities will take place.

The hotels offer discounts for the Norwegian Armed Forces (à NOK 300–500 reduction)

To achieve the reduced prices, use the booking code «Forsvaret ISMS 2017». The booking also requires a valid credit card number.

In order to to get the reduced prices, we recommend participants to book rooms as early as possible as no rooms are reserved. If you are not offered the price above, the reason is that the hotel is fully booked for that price and will only offer full price.

 

Points of Contact

The Conference Committee: E-mail: ISMS17@fhs.mil.no

Head of the Conference Committee:

Eystein Lockwood Meyer
Commander SG (OF-4)
Phone: +47 2309 5812, mobile: +47 9005 5494