The Minister visited the University to participate in a panel debate on student's prospects in tomorrow's oil and energy sector. In addition to this event, the Minister asked to get a tour of The National IOR Centre of Norway and an update on the current activities at the Centre.
It's only been one and a half year since the Minister's last visit, but a lot has happened. Most important, the Centre is ready for three new years of research, after the Research Council of Norway's decision to prolong their funding of the Centre.
Large scale testing
After a short presentation of Centre affairs, the Minister got a lab tour. When visiting the SEM lab, centre director Merete Vadla Madland and research director Aksel Hiorth took the opportunity to tell the Minister about the need for more large scale tests.
The Centre and UiS is currently working on an application for research infrastructure. The plan is to build facilities for large scale testing in Risavika. The price tag is NOK 80 million.
The Minister acknowledged the need for these tests and was interested in hearing more about the Risavika plans.
The Centre is arranging their fifth conference in March 2019. The Minister is off course invited. The last two years IOR NORWAY has been opened by the State Secretary Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde. Hopefully she brings the Minister as well to the 2019 edition of the conference - the Minister was enthusiastic about the event.
Søviknes is returning to Stavanger already next week - this time to attend ONS. The Centre is present; come visit us at stand number 9424, Hall 9.