The Norwegian Crown Prince, Haakon Magnus, opened ONS 2018 in Stavanger. To his right: CEO of ONS Leif Johan Sevland.

The Norwegian Authorities has prohibited all events of more than 500 people until September 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a direct consequence, the ONS Foundation is forced to cancel ONS 2020.

For ONS, the decision is truly hard to take, but the health and safety of all our visitors, exhibitors and other participants must be the number one priority. ONS gathers around 70 000 people from over 100 countries during the four days of the event. With the situation of the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, it would be impossible to go through with this year’s planned event.

“It is with a heavy heart we have to cancel ONS 2020. ONS is of great importance for many, however health and safety must come first, says CEO and President of ONS”, Leif Johan Sevland.

ONS is now working through the implications of this unprecedented situation. The organization is determined to bring some of its programme in digital formats and continue the work to make the best possible ONS 2022 event.

About ONS 2020:

  • ONS 2020 was planned from 31 August to 3 September in Stavanger. ONS is one of the largest gatherings for the international energy community and consists of three main elements: exhibition, conference and festival (ONS+)
  • The exhibition is held at Stavanger Forum and consists of 9 exhibition halls. The total area is approx. 25.000 sqm. and 1 kilometer long. The conference programme is held at 9 different venues, and includes more than 700 speakers.  ONS+ is organised  afternoons and evenings in the centre of Stavanger.
  • Over 1200 companies exhibit at ONS. In 2018 there were 68 000 visitors from over 100 countries during the four day event.
  • The first ONS was held in 1974 and has been a biennial event ever since. ONS 2020 is the first to be cancelled.