The ONS Story

The ONS Foundation is a world-leading, non-profit organisation facilitating discussions and collaboration on energy, technology and innovation.

Enhancing sustainability of operations.

Sustainability is at the core of our business, and we aim to provide information, challenge established practices and promote low carbon solutions. We believe the sustainable energy future must be built on the shoulders of the oil and gas industry.

Through our global network of business and society leader, innovators and politicians, we work to shape and influence the future energy society.

At the core is the biennial ONS event which was started in 1974 as a key meeting place for the energy industry.

Continuously developing, ONS today represents a series of activities around the world. We believe in working in partnership with others as a united industry to create a new energy future.

Our Audience

During the ONS event, more than 65 000 visitors from around 100 countries gather in Stavanger . ONS assembles high-profile decision-makers as well as global influencers who are engaged in the world’s energy discussion. We believe in an informed and sustainable public debate on energy and work to involve the wider public. A majority of our debates are communicated and broadcasted and we strive to inform via social media, press coverage, and in-house publications.

Who we are

When oil and gas was discovered in the North Sea, the need for a meeting place for the companies in this new industry emerged. ONS was short for Offshore Northerns Seas, as the event was targeted at companies with business in the North Sea basin. Today, the event attracts visitors for all over the world, and is known as just ONS.

For decades the ONS Foundation has developed an international network with representatives from industry, authorities, academia and research institutions. The foundation has several working committees represented by more than 250 leaders from industry and politics. The committees advise and shape the programme and direction of our work. 

The ONS Foundation partners with prominent organisations to facilitate global events and network meeting. The Goal is to exchange ideas, learn and build relationships between industry, government and society.

The ONS Foundation is a non-profit organisation. We are proud and grateful to be under the patronage of HM King Harald of Norway. The royal patronage encourages us to strive harder to achieve our goal of being an invaluable catalyst within the energy community

Our values


We are visionaries in terms of the themes we choose, the challenges we address and our goal to influence the energy community. We are attentive to signals from the industry and always have the future in mind.

We care about people, quality and our customers needs. All our operations are run at a high, sustainable standard and in compliance with laws and regulations.

We change established approaches, introduce innovations and continuously improve our product.