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18.12.13

Over NOK 50 million in EU funding to Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research

The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) is the first Norwegian research institution to win a Synergy Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The funding from the EU backs a study to determine whether the Greenland ice sheet will melt more rapidly as Arctic sea ice shrinks.
18.11.13

International recognition for Norwegian research on civil wars

How to bring civil wars to an end is a key concern in international policy. The Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) is a leading research environment in this field. Part of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the CSCW is carrying out valuable work that is gaining recognition worldwide.
09.10.13

Understanding ecological changes

More than 150 years after the publication of Darwin’s The Origin of Species, we still know surprisingly little about why animals vary the way they do, and even less about how these changes affect fundamental processes in nature. A new SFF centre will take on the challenge of increasing our knowledge.
09.10.13

Radiant research to protect human life

The more we know about radioactivity, the more we can curb fear and uncertainty among the population, and the better prepared we can be to deal effectively with a nuclear disaster. This is the point of departure for the activities of a new Norwegian Centre of Excellence.
04.10.13

Individualised cancer treatment in sight

The new Centre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO) at the University of Bergen will conduct in-depth studies of the microenvironment of cancerous tumours, hunting for biomarkers to aid physicians in selecting the best targeted treatment. Cancer today is understood as a disease with many forms. Treatment tailored to the individual may be the best way to beat it.
02.10.13

New pieces to the puzzle of mental disorders

There are not only one, but many pieces to the puzzle of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. During the next 10 years, the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT) will try to find as many of these as possible.
27.09.13

Combating threats to women’s and children’s health

Each year, some 7 million children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) die before the age of five, and close to 300 000 women lose their lives in connection with pregnancy or childbirth. The new Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health (CISMAC) in Bergen is seeking to find ways to effectively increase survival and enhance maternal and child health in these countries.
27.09.13

Arctic gas hydrate: Vast energy resource or climate threat?

Arctic gas hydrate is a fossil resource mainly consisting of methane. It may represent a larger energy supply than all other oil and gas resources put together. But what is the potential impact of gas hydrate on climate change and the marine environment? A new Norwegian Centre of Excellence will supply valuable answers.
12.09.13

Towards a fourth geoscience revolution

The Earth’s mantle, a deep layer of its interior, affects the movement of the tectonic plates. At the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) in Oslo, researchers are working to develop a model to describe this process and put the centre at the forefront of a fourth revolution in the geosciences.
12.09.13

When the body’s line of defence becomes the enemy

What happens when the human immune system – the body’s own defence mechanism – is transformed into the enemy? This is the puzzle researchers worldwide are currently working to solve. A new Centre of Excellence in Trondheim has taken on the task of providing some of the essential pieces.
12.09.13

The sky is the limit for space research centre

The Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS) in Bergen is reaching for the skies, more specifically for near space, the zone a few hundred kilometres above the Earth’s surface.
11.09.13

Ethics and brain research

“Happy people, happy animals, excellent research” is May-Britt Moser’s motto at the new Norwegian Centre of Excellence (SFF) for neuroscience research in Trondheim. Ethics will be paramount in their research.
11.09.13

The value of multilingualism

Multilingualism has an impact both on individuals and on society as a whole. The new Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) in Oslo is set to carry out research on the dynamics and ramifications of multilingualism.
11.09.13

Seeking to establish ground rules for international court system

The growing plurality of international courts increases the need to establish a set of ground rules. A dynamic group of Oslo-based legal scholars, political scientists and political theorists in a recently established Centre of Excellence are looking to assist in this process.
11.09.13

Aiming farther, deeper and colder

The Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS) will bring the city of Trondheim world-class status in research on intelligent ships, unmanned vehicles and robots that operate under extreme conditions.
11.09.13

Excellence in Norwegian research at 13 new SFF centres

In coming years, 13 new Centres of Excellence (SFF) will be making their mark in the Norwegian research community. The SFF centres will be researching a wide range of topics, from cancer biomarkers and multilingualism to subsea gas reservoirs and mental disorders.
26.11.12

Found the brain’s GPS

The husband-and-wife team of Edvard and May-Britt Moser have put Norwegian neuroscience research on the international map. “We could never have achieved this without the Centres of Excellence scheme (SFF),” they assert.
26.11.12

Fish feed for sustainable aquaculture

Norwegian researchers have been leading an international effort to make aquaculture more sustainable. In 10 years they have revolutionised fish feed.
26.11.12

Using computing power to develop science disciplines

Applied mathematics is making its mark in more and more areas, thanks in great part to impressive new high-performance computers. Norway’s first and only Centre of Excellence (SFF) in mathematics so far is helping to realise the scientific opportunities of these powerful new tools.
23.11.12

Combining disciplines yields more oil

The idea ten years ago was to integrate four classical disciplines in order to enhance petroleum research. Today, this collaboration between mathematicians, geologists, physicists and chemists has laid the foundation for recovering more oil and gas.
23.11.12

Mitigating damage from landslides, tsunamis and earthquakes

Where are the risks of landslide greatest? What makes a tsunami dangerous? Why are some people harder hit by earthquakes than others? Norway is home to an international research centre for geohazards that is providing the answers needed to better deal with these types of risks.
23.11.12

Supplying tools to counteract civil war

For ten years, prominent researchers have combined their efforts to uncover key perspectives characterising the groups that are engaged in civil war and the causes behind the onset and development of these wars.
22.11.12

Language designed for thinking

Language did not evolve to facilitate human communication; it developed as a tool for humans to use in their thinking process. This has been confirmed by exciting research carried out by Norwegian linguists.
22.11.12

Helping Internet users demand more from communication systems

Users should be the focal point when defining and assessing the quality of Internet services, believe top Norwegian researchers.
22.11.12

Studying the forces in rock

Activities at the research centre Physics of Geological Processes (PGP) at the University of Oslo have been specifically set up for cooperation between physicists and geologists. Without this inter-disciplinary approach, the findings that are gaining the PGP international notice would not have been possible.
22.11.12

Important brain discoveries

Ten years after the Norwegian Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience was established it now stands an innovative institution whose interdisciplinary research on DNA repair mechanisms in the brain is at the very forefront of the field.
19.11.12

Top centres are a Norwegian research success story

Generous, long-term financing of research centres has led to internationally cutting-edge results. The 13 initial Norwegian Centres of Excellence (SFF centres) have left a lasting footprint.
19.11.12

When Norway became part of Europe

As early as the Middle Ages, European influence was already shaping Norway in critical ways. Researchers are looking at how Christianity altered Norwegian policies, laws and culture and how the elite became part of a shared European culture.
19.11.12

Supplying knowledge to vital Norwegian industries

Originally, the focus at the Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures (CeSOS) was squarely directed on three industries critical to the Norwegian economy: aquaculture, petroleum and shipping. Over the past decade, however, the new industry of renewable energy has emerged in a strong position.
19.11.12

Provider of climate expertise

When the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research was established, the aim was to become a world leader in its field. The list of publications and the high demand for the centre’s expertise make it clear that the goal has been achieved.