Tuesday, July 13, 2021 12:00 PM

Science Year 22

Support for the Secretariat to report on the year's activities

From the Christmas Advent Calendar "Kometernes Jul" (The Comets' Christmas)

From the Christmas Advent Calendar "Kometernes Jul" (The Comets' Christmas)

Chr. Geisnæs

At its last meeting before the summer holidays, Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation's Awards Committee decided to donate DKK 850,000 to a secretariat that will be responsible for publicising activities in connection with the Science Year 2022.


ScienceYear22 is an ambitious national contribution to the UN’s “International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development”. In Denmark, the year is based on The Christmas Advent Calendar 2021 and the universe built around it, which Nordisk Film, TV2 and the Niels Bohr Institute are producing with support from Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation, the Villum Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, and the Poul Due Jensen Foundation.

The run-up to the ScienceYear starts at the beginning of December 2021 with the Christmas advent calendar "The Comets' Christmas", which includes scientific elements from Naturvidenskabens ABC (The ABCs of Science). With 10 scientific insights, the ABC focuses on how science can contribute with solutions to societal issues. The aims of ScienceYear22 are very much shared in line with Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation, which is also keen to awaken interest in science among children and young people, and therefore supports the Kata Foundation, Universe Science Park, and engineering studies at the SDU (The Southern Danish University).

With the donation of DKK 850,000 from Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation, a project organisation can be established within the framework of the ScienceYear22. This will set about to promote the interest among one and a half million Danes expected to be stimulated by the release of the Christmas Advent Calendar and its universe in December 2021. The activities for the year will be based on Niels Bohr's concept of “peaceful coexistence in a shared world” and will stimulate curiosity about the fascinating world of science. The celebration of the Niels Bohr Institute's centenary and the centenary of Niels Bohr's Nobel Prize will be part of ScienceYear22.

With The Crown Prince as patron of the ScienceYear, and extra funding from the Ministry of Education and Research for separate projects, the year is set to be exciting and eventful.

The ScienceYear22 Secretariat has its own website where you can sign up to receive newsletters. The website can be found by following this link (danish webpage):