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He is the best young talent

Eystein Opsahl, PhD student at The National IOR Centre of Norway, was awarded the prize for the best Young talent at IOR NORWAY 2019.

Eystein Opsahl was awarded the prize for best young talent during IOR NORWAY 2019, the Skjæveland award. Here with rector Marit Boyesen. Eystein Opsahl was awarded the prize for best young talent during IOR NORWAY 2019, the Skjæveland award. Here with rector Marit Boyesen. Photo: Marius Vervik

The Skjæveland Award 2019 was given during the second day of the conference IOR NORWAY. It is The National IOR Centre of Norway's prize for young researchers. The award is named after the director for academia at the Centre, Professor Svein M. Skjæveland. The prize goes to a young researcher within IOR (improved oil recovery) that has shown the ability to innovate within his or her field.

Surprised winner

Eystein Opsahl was one of the first PhD students to be hired at the Centre. He is defending his thesis by the end of this year. Opsahl's project «Environmental fate and effect of EOR polymers» seeks to provide understanding about the behaviour and effects of EOR polymers in the marine environment at low concentrations.

The day after the award ceremony, Opsahl still could not believe that he had won.

«I did not expect this. I'm really happy to see that my work is appreciated,» Opsahl said.

«Relevant for the industry»

The jury's main reason for choosing Opsahl as the winner, was that his research theme is of great importance and relevance for the industry, both nationally and internationally. Also Opsahl did a great job presenting his academic poster.

The jury consisted of:

  •  Bergit Brattekås, University of Bergen
  •  Erik Søndenå, Petoro
  •  Eli Høgnesen, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Congratulations, Eystein!

Text: Kjersti Riiber