Our members are employed in scientific, technical-administrative or librarian positions at universities, colleges, research institutes, museums, archives, healthcare organizations and in public administration related to research and higher education.

Forskerforbundet's number of members is on the rise and in April, 2023 we reached 25,000 members.

Facts about us (total per January 1, 2024)


280 local branches, 73% of the members are civil servants and 56% are female members.

  • Forskerforbundet is organized as a civil servant model and the members are direct members of Forskerforbundet. 
  • We have local representatives at all work places that have at least 3 members.
  • Currently, we have  approximately 280 local branches varying in size from 3 to 2,000 members. 
  • We do not have county teams or other regional organizations.
  • Our 25,484 members per 1.1.2024 consists of: 21,254 employed members, 931 students and 2,495 pensioners. 
  • 56% of our members are female, an increase from 40% just 20 years ago.
  • 73% are civil servants, 4% are municipal employees and 23% are employed in the private sector.

Workplace (figures updated as of January 1, 2024)Number of membersPercentage
University / scientific college11 56954%
Research institute2 67813%
University college2 17010%
Public administration / other workplaces1 5097%
Archive, library, museum1 5057%
Health institutions and hospitals1 2336%
Municipality / county council5893%

Forskerforbundet was founded on 8 February 1955 as Fellesrådet for vitenskapelige tjenestemenn (translates to the Joint Council for Scientific Officials).

Forskerforbundet's English name is the Norwegian Association of Researchers (NAR).

The Northern Sami name of Forskerforbundet is Dutkiidsearvi.