Senter for innovasjonsforskning forsker på innovasjon som en drivkraft for verdiskapning og velferdsutvikling i en global økonomi.
Nye ideer og konsepter er nøkkelen til velstand, rikdom og velvære for nasjoner, regioner og enkeltpersoner. Når verden blir mer globalisert, må de avanserte økonomiene med høy lønn stole på sine anvendte oppfinnelser for å opprettholde sin fremtidige velstand. Dette har blitt nødvendig for eit rikt land som Norge og energihovedstaden, byregionen Stavanger.
Universitetet i Stavanger (UiS) og NORCE (tidligere IRIS) etablerte et felles senter for innovasjonsforskning i 2007.
Ambisjonen til senteret er å vera premissleverandør for praksis og politikk og å vera eit internasjonalt synleg og anerkjent forskingsmiljø.
Høg forskingskvalitet skal kombinerast med relevans. Gjennom formidling og tette relasjonar til næringsliv og offentleg sektor skal forskingsresultata skapa debatt i det offentlege rommet og ha implikasjonar for praksis og politikk.
Leder for Regionale Forskningsfond - Agder
Dekan, Handelshøgskolen ved UiS
Mangfold legger grunnlag for innovasjon
Gjedebo familiens donasjon til innovasjonsforskning ved UiS
I november 2007 donerte Gjedebo-familien 50 millioner norske kroner til etablering av Senter for innovasjonsoforskning ved UiS. Senteret ledes i samarbeid mellom Handelshøgskolen ved UiS og NORCE.
The donation is one of the largest gifts ever made in Norway. It have made it possible to develop a research environment which is unique both in Norway and internationally. The center conducts research at a high international level within innovation and contribute to value creation and welfare.
The research provides a better basis for education and development of entrepreneurial attitudes in companies, the public sector and among students. The proximity to students and the research environment increase the catchment area for potential entrepreneurs and promote technology development and incubator activity at Ullandhaug.
Behind this donation is Mr. Jon Gjedebo, his wife Mrs. Torunn Lange Gjedebo and their two sons, Tore and Finn.
We had for some time been thinking of giving a donation to the university and looking for the right purpose and opportunity. It all came together when we heard of the Center for Innovation Research. It fit like a glove. This was just what we had been waiting for so the choice was very simple, said Tore Gjedebo, managing director of Styrbjørn AS, the family investment company.
The father, Jon Gjedebo, is one of the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs in the Stavanger region. His company Hitec was for many years one of the region's most important businesses with its high technological and innovative products linked to remote controlled drilling operations. The company was later sold to National Oilwell.
Jon Gjedebo has distinguished himself through the establishment of industrial centers at Hinna Park in Stavanger and in Asia together with large investments in real estate in Norway and abroad. He has earlier donated four million to UiS and is therefore among the university builders who played a decisive role in the establishment of the university.
Torunn Lange Gjedebo has been an enthusiast in the development of Nasjonalforeningen in Stavanger and of the senior citizen center Skipper Worse which she managed for many years. She has contributed to a renewal of senior citizen policy in Stavanger
Of great importance
The then Rector Aslaug Mikkelsen appreciated the donation from the Gjedebo family. She underlined that the center would be of great importance for research and innovation in a number of areas. It would also contribute to developing a culture of inquisitiveness and innovation at Ullandhaug founded on our applied and basic research.
Jon Gjedebo response:
Rogaland is an innovative region and there is much innovation to do research on. Stavanger has a history as Fortuna's city with industrial development from canning to printing and petroleum and then to finance industries. Stavanger is a natural place for this center.
Energy and Welfare
Technologically based innovation is decisive for creating welfare in society. Research at UiS and IRIS is a rich source for such development.
The Center for Innovation Resarch have an interdisciplinary profile and focus on solutions of important challenges in society and industry. To study the conditions necessary for success is a central topic.
There is a need for new technology to reduce the emission of climate gases, and to develop alternative forms of energy. Hence there is a need for new products and services which can support the welfare society and at the same time handle the cost of our way of life, Global challenges have to be solved regionally and that the region always has been known for innovation, entrepreneurs, go getting spirit and politicians who are willing to follow up.
The center will try to formulate what is little understood and ask questions about how understanding can become possible and contribute to comprehension. Both faculty and students play an essential role because they possess competence to be used in innovation. It all about releasing creativity in each other. Solve problems in cooperation and break down barriers, she concludes.