In the centre of the logo there is a rose inspired by the rose in the city flag of Trondheim. It depicts the rose hip, which can be
found throughout the city, although most common with only five petals and a bright yellow core. The colour copper, one of the two official colours of Trondheim&Røros 2017. Copper is a mined mineral, that was widely sought after in the mines at Røros. The rose in itself therefore represents a mixture of the two host cities in the Region of Trøndelag, where the conference will take place.
This might be the hardest aspect of the conference to complete, as most of Europe does not have the letter Ø in their alphabet. We have done some research and are fairly sure that most phones are able to produce an Ø by holding down the letter O on their phones. We wanted to include the Ø as a part of the cultural education of Norwegian traditions and culture. The Ø is in fact just one out of three extra letters in the Norwegian alphabet. Following Z, like in the normal one, comes Æ, Ø and Å. Wikipedia explains Ø as "ø (lower case) is also used in the International Phonetic Alphabet to represent a close-mid front rounded vowel." Whoever understands what that means can start practicing.
Circling the rose is a cogwheel in oxidized copper. The wheel itself represents both the theme of the session and the goal.
The theme of the session, that will influence the conference is "Technology". Trondheim is a capitol for Norwegian innovation and research, and we want this to influence the conference and the topics to be debated. A cogwheel seldom operates well alone, and the goal of cooperation is therefore also represented here. The colour of the oxidized copper makes the second of the two official colours of the conference.
It is said to be a "cheezy" one, and that might be true. Nevertheless it is a suiting one in many ways. The logo itself represents the new and shiny copper and the older oxidized one with its colours. The cogwheel is old technology in a city conference where new innovations within technology is made almost every day. The history of the two cities go way back, and we want to ensure that their history is conveyed during the conference to participants, to ensure that the future meets the past.
Norway has a population of only 5 millions, but the country has a wide geographic diversity. Foreigners might be surprised that after 10 hours by car you are not even half way through our country. We want to show our guests, the beautiful landscape. Our guests will travel to Oslo Airport Gardermoen, the capital of Norway. Then go by train for four hours, to the beautiful town, Røros in the county of Trøndelag. The mining town of Røros, is famous for their history of copper mining. Many houses are maintained from the 17th and 18th century and give the town a medieval appearance. Røros has been in UNESCOs World Heritage Site since 1980.
Røros Hotell, the largest hotel of the mountain region, has warmly welcomed us to stay for a weekend of team building. We believe that the 6 000 inhabitants in Røros will be happy to host such a great mass of European youth. The upper secondary school of Røros have been participating in our national selection conferences for several years, and we can envision a cooperation with them for indoor team building.
As the team building finishes we will go by bus to Trondheim, the 4th biggest city of Norway. The bus ride will last for about two-three hours, with possibilities for stops along the way. By visiting both Røros and Trondheim, we will show our guests the amazing variety of our country and also illustrate how Europe spans across vast distances. These distances make our country different compared to Central and Southern Europe tith their close connections, and yet we are still part of Europe.
Trondheim is a city of innovation and technology, and the university is soon to be the biggest university of Norway, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Trondheim is a city with great potential and a large number of possibilities, with close cooperation with several leading technology firms and a focus on innovation. We have already identified many interesting partners and institutions we can engage in this session.
NTNU and Trondheim is also the host city of the largest international student festival, the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFIT), which has since 1999 handed out the Students’ Peace Prize (SPP). This makes Trondheim an interesting small city with an important place for International Politics, with guests like the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Wangari Maathai, Shirin Ebadi, Gro Harlem Brundtland and many more.
Trøndelag and the Central Norway, is a region with large rivers, deep valleys, and agriculture. Being the first capital of Norway makes Trondheim, called Nidaros at that time, a centre of Norwegian history and culture. With the greatest medieval church in the Nordic among others, the cultural heritage from the Vikings and the Middle Ages is still maintained.
Trondheim, with its 200 000 inhabitants, is the city in which the three head organisers feel the most at home, as they have all grown up just outside of town. EYP Norway is familiar with the city, as it hosted two national selection conferences, respectively in 2005 and 2011. The mayor of the municipality of Trondheim held the opening speech of both previous conferences. Our interest for organising an international session was enthusiastic responded to within two days. The city centre of Trondheim has all relevant venues in short walking or bus transfer distance.