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Law researcher takes charge of science academy

Law professor Hans Petter Graver will take charge of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters after being elected for the 2019-21 term.

Graver, who lectures in law at the University of Oslo and runs a project looking at judges and stress, will succeed Ole Sejersted, it was decided at the academy’s membership meeting on 13 September. His vice-president is Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund. She will take over from Camilla Serck-Hanssen, who resigned to take up a job as research director at the Center for Advanced Study in Oslo.

The academy, which was founded in 1857, represents scientists in Norway and funds blue-sky research efforts. It also awards the prestigious Abel prize for mathematics and the Kavli prize for astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

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