The Minister was greeted by Rector Marit Boyesen and Mayor Christine Sagen Helgø outside the Kjølv Egeland Building.
The first point on the agenda was a presentation by Centre Director Merete Vadla Madland, followed by a quick tour of the IOR-labs at UiS.
The Minister also had the chance to meet with students at UiS. He used the opportunity to highlight the importance of educating new, brilliant minds:
«You are the future. You should be proud for choosing a career in petroleum. We need more clever people, as the world is demanding more energy. We will need oil and gas for decades to come, still,» he said.
Søviknes also praised the work being performed in The National IOR Centre of Norway:
«It seems Greek to me, even though I have a background in engineering» he said, before continuing:
«It seems like a very professional and international environment. They work with a clear purpose, and the most important thing we can do is produce every single drop of oil on the Norwegian Continental Shelf,» he said.
«The work being performed in The Centre may go a bit under the radar, but that does not mean it is not extremely important,» the Minister said.
«It is also important to work closely with the industry, and to highlight that there is still a great future ahead for the oil and gas industry,» Søviknes said.
After visiting labs and students, the minister was invited to presentations by Dean Øystein Lund Bø, Dr. Siri Kalvig and Dr. Thierry Baussant (IRIS).
Bø presented the vision for the faculty, involving the plans for a new technology building. Dr. Kalvig presented her work on environmentally friendly technology at UiS and IRIS, while Dr. Baussant presented research on using cutting-edge robotics for environmental monitoring in the ocean.