Ole Petter Ottersen

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Ole Petter Ottersen, 2010

Ole Petter Ottersen (born 17 March 1955) is a Norwegian professor of medicine and the Rector of the University of Oslo since 2009.[1]


His field is neuroscience, and he is a former director of the Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience at the University of Oslo.[2] In 2005 he won the Lundbeck Foundation's research prize together with Jon Storm-Mathisen.[2] In 2008 he won the Anders Jahre Award for Medical Research[3] He has been a member of the committee that awards the latter prize.[4] In 2001 he, together with Jon Storm-Mathisen and Per Brandtzæg, was found to be the most cited Norwegian scholar in international academic journals.[5]

University politics[edit]

In 2009, he was elected as the new rector of the University of Oslo, while Inga Bostad was elected as the Pro-Rector.[6][7] In 2013, he was reelected for a second term, while Ruth Vatvedt Fjeld was elected as the new Pro-Rector. In April 2014, Ruth Vatvedt Fjeld resigned from her position as Pro-Rector, citing harassment of her by Ottersen and stating that she was deprived of most responsibilities associated with her position as the university's Pro-Rector and not involved in the decision-making process.[8][9][10][11]


  1. ^ Ole Petter Ottersen University of Oslo website, retrieved 27 March 2013
  2. ^ a b "1,5 millioner til hjerneforskere ved UiO" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 25 February 2005. 
  3. ^ "Jahre-pris til Ole Petter Ottersen" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 12 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Jahrepris til professor Terje Lømo" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 10 October 2003. 
  5. ^ "Oslo-forskere topper internasjonal sitatliste" (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 16 January 2001. 
  6. ^ Topdahl, Rolv Christian (16 February 2009). "Liten rift om rektorjobb". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  7. ^ Eik, Espen A. (3 April 2009). "Ottersen ny rektor". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  8. ^ Valgt og satt på sidelinja, Klassekampen, 22. mai 2014
  9. ^ «Trekker seg etter langvarig mangel på arbeidsoppgaver» i Uniforum 6. mai 2014
  10. ^ Trakk seg som prorektor – reagerer på UiOs versjon, Uniforum
  11. ^ «Vi bør si minst mulig» – Studenter i opprør – krever nyvalg, Klassekampen, 23. mai 2014
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Preceded by
Geir Ellingsrud
Rector of the University of Oslo