Darwin Day/Horizons lecture, February 13 – ‘Making Sense of Cancer’, by professor Jarle Breivik

Dear all

The Horizon series is a lecture series for staff and students of The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and for all others that are interested in major scientific questions and challenges across disciplinary borders.

About the lecture – Making Sense of Cancer
Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. So what is the evolutionary meaning of cancer? What will it take to get rid of it? In this lecture, professor in medicine Jarle Breivik explores the evolutionary logic of cancer. See more.

About the lecturer Jarle Breivik
Jarle Breivik is Professor and Head of Department of Behavioural Medicine at the Institute for Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. He is an M.D. and has a Ph.D. in the field of immunotherapy. His theory on the evolutionary dynamics of cancer development has received international recognition. He later turned to science communication and medical education and received an Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Breivik has challenged the basic premise of cancer research about “finding a cure” and wrote an op-ed in the New York Times that spurred international debate (the op-ed is behind a paywall, but a related Science and Society article in EMBO Report is open access). His recent book Løsningen på kreftgåten has received excellent reviews (in DagbladetApollon, and Michael) and will be available in English later this year.

Practical information

  • The lecture starts at 16.15, on Monday 13th of February 2023 in the auditorium Egget at Studentsenteret (Parkveien 1).
  • The lecture is held in English
  • Light refreshments will be served outside Egget before the lecture, from 15.45.
  • The event on Facebook (please spread on pages and in groups)


This lecture is a joint event organised by the Horizon Lecture Committee at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the Darwin Day Committee at the Department of Biological Sciences, and Academia Europaea Bergen Knowledge Hub. The event has received economic support by Selskapet til Vitenskapenes fremme.


Vennlig hilsen/best regards,


Kristin Bakken

På vegne av Horisontkomiteen/on behalf of the Horizon Lecture series

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