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Wednesday, May 16th:

08.30 – 18.00 Youth committee members will meet you at Gardermoen Airport and hand you airport tickets + info on how to get to the hotel.

12.00 –  14.30                                      Lunch at Scandic Oslo KNA Hotel (For early overseas arrivals only)
14.00 –    Check in at the hotel

13.30 – 18.30        

Arrival/registration at the Scandic KNA Hotel.
13.30 – 18.30   Info stand in the hotel lobby, by the org. committee, represented by Trine: +4795845887, and youth committee, represented by Kristine +4793858526.

Cash refund (for participants that arrived Oslo by other transport than Airport Express train etc.)

For the students: Students sign up at the info stand for 2 out of 5 different seminars Friday afternoon. One A-seminar (16.00 – 17.20) and one   B-seminar (17.40-19.00). (See student program: Friday, 15.30 – 19.00)                                                                                        

19.00 Opening ceremony at Oslo Handelsgymnasium (OHG) , 20 meters from the Hotel

Welcome by the Organizing Committee

Buffet dinner.

Jazz music by Foss High School musicians

Plenum photo session in front of OHG

Presentation of all the  delegations



Thursday, May 17th (National day of Norway):

06.30 – 08.50                Breakfast
08.20 – 08.50 Info stand at the hotel.

NB: Last opportunity for cash refund (for participants that arrived Oslo by other transport than Airport Express train etc.)


09.00 – 10.30  Separate program for students and teachers Students: OHG, Aula/ Hall, Ground floor.                                    

09.00 – 09.30 Thor Grødal: Questions and answers : Limits of Freedom; personal philosophical reflections.                              

09.30 – 09.40 Info on May 17th incl. parade + questions regarding seminars May 18th  

09.40 – 10.10 Student groups: Sharing experiences and thoughts regarding philosophy and national identity 

10.1 0 – 10.30 Plenum discussion. Moderator: Kristine Næss, Youth committee


Teachers: OHG, Staff room, 1st floor.                                       

09.00 – 09.20 Ricardo Pozzo (FISP committee) On teaching philosophy in schools.                                                              

09.20 – 09.50 Groups: Sharing experiences from teaching philosophy/ IPO selections.                                                      

09.50 – 10.20 Plenum discussion.                                              

10.20 – 10.30 Olav and Thor: 17th of May in Norway

11.00 Three options:

a) For everybody: Follow Olav&Thor to Stortorget (in front of the main church in Oslo):12.00 Joining Foss High School  in the parade   – Participating  in the 17th of May Paradefrom Stortorvet, through Karl Johan Street, in front of the King’s family at the castle, to Rådhusplassen (City Hall).

b) Teachers only: Watching the parade in front of the King’s Palace  (We have 25 tickets. Hand-out: Olav 10.30. Guide: Eli Engløk)         


c) For the rest: Watching the celebration and parade by walking around in the city center on your own.



14.00  17th of May-lunch at the Hotel

15.00 – 19.30   Separate program for students and teachers Students: 

                                                                                             15:00 OHG, Hall/ Aula, ground floor. Olav: Info on where you will be seated during the essay writing.                                                

15.30-19:30 Essay writing at OHG                                           

Teachers: Teachers/Int. Jury+FISP (at OHG, Aud 3, 2nd floor).    

16.00 -16.30 Lecture by prof. University of Oslo Nina Witoszek: The Limits of Freedom: 17th of May, Norwegian National Identity and Multiculturalism.                                                                       


16.30 – 16.50 Questions/ discussions regarding national identity and multiculturalism.                                                                         


17.10 – 19.30 Meeting in the Int. Committee + Steering Board.  International Jury welcome to attend (at OHG Aud 3)Click here to see the Agenda

20.00 Dinner at the hotel


Friday, May 18th

06.30 – 08.45 Breakfast at the hotel
08.15 – 08.45 Info stand at the hotel by Trine and Kristine.

NB: Last chance for students to sign up for 2 out of the 5 different seminars given in the afternoon, one A-seminar (16.00 -17.20) and one B-seminar (17.40 – 19.00) . (See student program: Friday, 15.30 – 19.00)

09.00 – 13.30   Separate program for students and teachers  Students: OHG, Auditorium 5, 4th floor.                                 

09.00 – 09.30 Joakim Hammerlin (Nansen-school): Terrorism and state surveillance.                                                                

09.30 – 10.00 Group discussion.                                             

10.15 – 10.45 Olav Elgvin (FAFO) :Religion within the bounds of (tolerant/ intolerant?) secular society.                                    

10.50 – 11.20 Group discussion.                                            

11.30 – 12.00 John Crowley (UNESCO): Multiculturalism and universal rights; between right-wing monocultural nostalgia and left-wing naive relativism.                                                     

12.10 – 12.40 Group discussions.                                            

12.40 – 13.15 Plenum debate on all three talks (Chair: Ida Olsen & Kristine Næss: Youth Committee)


  International Jury + Steering Board: OHG, Auditorium 3, 2nd floor.     

09.00-10.20 Org. Com/IPO veterans:  Info on essay evaluation  

09.20 – 10.20 Essay evaluation workshop: Case essays (OHG, Aud 3 or at the hotel)                                                                

10.30 -13.15  (OHG auditorium 3 + hotel rooms)                

Evaluation of IPO – round 1 Int. jury works in groups of four people, each group grading 5-6 essays. Grades/marks to be given to Brehlin at Aud. 3 individually, with signature.  


13.30 Lunch at the hotel

15.30 – 19.00 Separate program for students and teachers   Students:                                                                               

16.00 – 17.20  and 17.40 – 19.00: Seminar/workshops  at 5 different class rooms on the ground floor OHG.                 

Each student attends 2 out of  5 parallel seminars which each last max 80 min. All seminars are repeated once, which is why you can choose two. (Student-groups are set up in advance at Hotel IPO Info desk in the morning 17th or 18th.) Max 16 pr. group.                            

A1/ B1 (Room 104, ground floor):Øyvind Olsholt (BUF): Limits of Freedom: Doing a philosophical dialogue on freedom here and now.                                                                                     

A2/ B2 (Room 105, ground floor):Camilla Serch-Hanssen (UiO) : Limits of Freedom: (In)justice, right and wrong: How to know? 

A3/ B3 (Room 106, ground floor): Jakob Elster (UiO): Limits of Freedom: Did my neurons make me do it?

A4/B4 (Room 107, ground floor): Lars Fr. Svendsen (UiB/Civita): Limits of Freedom: Evil

A5/ B5 (Room 108, ground floor): John Crowley (UNESCO): Limits of freedom: The (mis)use of science.


Structure of the A and B seminars: 30 minutes lecture + 20 minutes of student group work related to the lecture. then 30 minutes questions/ discussion chaired by lecturer


  International Jury OHG, Aud 3 and various rooms on 2nd and 3rd floor15.30 …                                                                  

International Jury: Continuation of essay evaluation  

19.30  Dinner at the hotel



 Saturday May, 19th

07.30 – 08.50 Breakfast at the hotel

08.20 – 08.50 Info stand at the hotel by Trine and Kristine

09.00 –   09.40                 OHG Hall/ Aula, ground floor)

Lecture by Morten Zondag: Munch and existentialist philosophy

09.50 Bus departure outside OHG/ Hotel

  Bus 1 (students) 09.50: To Frognerparken (Vigeland Sculpture Park). 11.00: Bus leaves for National Gallery Munch-exhibition, then to Holmenkollen ski jump/ Frognerseteren. Return to downtown area or hotel.                                                                                                                                                               
  Bus 2 (students) 09.50: To Frognerparken (Vigeland Sculpture Park). 11.00: Bus leaves for Holmenkollen Ski Jump/ Frongerseteren, and then to National Gallery Munch-exhibition (arrival estimate 12.30). Then a walk/ bus ride back to the hotel.                                     
  Bus 3 (teachers) 09.50: To Frognerparken (Vigeland Sculpture Parc). 11.30 to National Gallery Munch-exhibition. Then to Holmenkollen Ski Jump/ Frognerseteren. then return to the hotel.


  Bus 4 (Teachers) 09.50: To Frognerparken (Vigeland Sculpture Parc). 11.30: to Holmenkollen Ski Jump/ Frognerseteren, then to national Gallery Munch-exhibition (arrival estimate 13.00). The back to the hotel.                                                                                                      
14:00 Lunch at the hotel

15:30 Bus from hotel to Universitetets Gamle Festsal/Closing ceremony

16:00   Closing ceremony (Universitetets Gamle Festsal, Karl Johan Street, 15 minutes walk away from Hotel).

Media Students, Ullern High School: Pictures from IPO Oslo 2012.

Henrik Syse (PRIO): The Limits of Freedom.

Cultural performance by music students from Foss High School: 6 guys and a black 1.

Vice chancellor University of Oslo Inga Bostad + FISP: Diplomas, medals.

15 minutes walk back to the hotel

19:00   Closing dinner  (OHG)

20.45 – 23.00 (Option for the addicted: Champions League final on TV; plus live on stage 21:30-21:45:  Jens Birch: On football and philosophy.)

22.30 – 23.30  Music students from Foss High school: Dance music in OHG-hall




Sunday May 20th

06.00 – 09.00 Breakfast

(IC: urgent matters?)                                                                  


Departure  No lunch available at the hotel for late departures (Sorry… not possible)


Breakfast included all days at the Scandic KNA Hotell

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