The Nordic model of joining forces in the fields of innovation and research can be expanded to other countries in the region, said Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Lene Espersen at the Baltic Development Forum in Vilnius, June 2nd.
Climate Adaptation in the Nordic Countries: Science, Practice, Policy. International conference 8-10 November 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden
The conference invites scholars interested in climate risk, vulnerability and adaptation in a Nordic setting. Practitioners and policymakers are explicitly invited in order to stimulate discussion and the development of ideas between the realms of science, practice and policy.
Three projects will be funded within the sub-programme “Integration of Large-scale Wind Power”.
Seven applications for NCoE proceed to the next stage within “Effect studies and adaptation to climate change”
The sub-programme “Effect studies and adaptation to climate change” is now entering the second stage of the call for Nordic Centres of Excellence. 20 applications were received by the final submission date on March 3rd, and 7 of these have been invited to submit full applications.
The Nordic Top-Level Research Initiative on climate, energy and environment is initiating a continuous evaluation, which will contribute to the development and adjustment the programme's strategies, organisation and operative activities. The aim is partly to contribute actively to the best possible execution of the programme and partly to obtain knowledge which can be used to improve similar future programme initiatives. The project period for the continuous evaluation is May 2010 – March 2014.
The Top-level Research Initiative was presented along with other financing solutions and programmes at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø 25-29 January.
– The Top-level Research Initiative contributes in a concrete and visible manner to the Nordic region’s leading position within climate and energy, states the Danish Minister for Nordic Co-operation, Bertel Haarder, as Denmark takes on the 2010 Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The first projects in the Nordic Top-level Research Initiative are now ready to begin. 10 projects will be funded within the first call of the sub-programme “Effect studies and adaptation to climate change”. The various projects shall contribute to improving our knowledge about the effects of climate change, with a focus on possible solutions to how we best can adapt to these changes in the future. – With these networks we have a flying start, says Chair of the Programme Committee, Mogens Henze.
On June 12th, participants in the Nordic Top-level Research Initiative took part in a kick-off seminar at the premises of Nordic Energy Research, Nordic Innovations Centre and NordForsk in Stensberggata 25 in Oslo. The seminar indicates the start of the Top-level Research Initiative.
Tuesday October 27th, the Top-level Research Initiative launches a new website at the new address: www.toppforskningsinitiativet.org.
Three Nordic Centres of Excellence (NCoE) will be funded within the Top-level Research Initiative's sub-programme “Interaction between climate change and the cryosphere”. The names of the centres will be announced during a reception at the International Polar Year conference in Lillestrøm June 10th at 16:00, where the project leaders of the new centres will attend.
IPY Oslo Science Conference opens June 8th in Lillestrøm, close to Oslo. More than 2,000 participants from 70 countries will attend the largest gathering of polar scientists that has ever been held. The conference will sum up the scientific results of The Fourth International Polar Year, which ran from 2007 to March 2009.
NCoE SVALI, CRAICC and DEFROST are the three Nordic Centres of Excellence that will be funded within the Top-level Research Initiative’s sub-programme Interaction between Climate Change and the Cryosphere. “We are convinced that these NCoEs will do world class research and bring a strong added value to the Nordic research in their fields”, stated a satisfied Chair of the Programme Committee, Magnus Friberg.
The Danish consulting company DAMVAD will carry out the continuous evaluation of the Top-level Research Initiative. The evaluation shall contribute to the development and adjustment the programme's strategies, organisation and operative activities.
The Nordic Network on Adaptive Management in relation to Climate Change (NONAM) organizes its first workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland August 26-27th.
If the Nordic countries were to co-ordinate their future energy, climate, and air pollution strategies it would provide significant benefits for the environment and community planning. This is the result of a Nordic study co-ordinated by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
July 2-7 is the time for Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) - a biennial European meeting dedicated to scientific research and innovation. Representatives from the Top-level Research Initiative will be there, both on stand and with a panel discussion in the programme “Science to business” July 5th 12:00.
The Top-level Research Initiative (TRI) is not a showcase but a wincase for international cooperation, stated Jerzy Langer from the Polish Academy of Science.
The Top-level Research Initiative's Annual Conference will take place in Copenhagen in September. This major Nordic initiative on climate, energy, and the environment – the largest-ever venture of its kind - has been up and running for just over a year. We welcome you to get updated on the latest news within the initiative!
The sub-program CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) organized a Nordic CCS workshop in Copenhagen on the 2nd of June 2010. The event assembled some 40 participants from research institutions, companies and environmental organisations.
Three projects will receive a total of NOK 38 million in funding from the sub-programme Energy Efficiency with Nanotechnology. Total budget of the projects is NOK 89 million. The projects will run for three years from 2010 until 2013. The overall scope of the sub-program is to improve the efficiency of future sustainable energy systems by applying nanotechnology to the transport sector, energy conversion and energy use.
It is impressive how much the Top-level Research Initiative (TRI) cooperation has already performed, only two years after the Nordic Prime Ministers agreed to begin. Several speakers pointed to this fact during the first Top-level Research Inititative Annual Conference in Copenhagen.
Ice causes major problems on airplanes, in wind turbines and in heat exchangers. Today’s methods using heating and chemical treatments are expensive, can be inefficient and non sustainable. Nanotechnology can create surfaces where the ice does not stick. The technology is now being developed in the TopNANO project.
Over the past five years, Nordic research on climate impacts and adaptation has advanced significantly. The research to date has been of a high standard and has followed international developments in research areas including analysis of vulnerability, the process of adaptation, as well as in policy development. Nordic strengths are found at all points of the knowledge triangle: innovation, research and education, but there is room for improvement to connect and gain synergy from these points, not only nationally but in the Nordic co-operation as a region.
Three Nordic Centres of Excellence (NCoE) will be funded within the Top-level Research Initiative’s (TRI) sub-programme ”Effect studies and adaptation to climate change”. – We have high expectations of these projects and will follow them throughout the five-year project period. There will also be established collaborations with other TRI projects, says Chair of the Programme Committee, Mogens Henze.
- The evidence is talking to us. Nature is talking to us. Scientists like myself are trying to interpret the language so we can objectively present to everybody what it is saying. These are the words of TRI NCoE Project Leader Michael Goodsite, describing the vision of his center NORD-STAR to Tunderbird School of Global Management.
Strengthening the international impact of Nordic climate research is an important purpose of the Nordic networks in the Top-level Research Initiative’s sub-programme “Effect Studies and Adaptation to Climate Change”. The kick-off meeting for the networks in Oslo last week showed that the goal is already in sight.
Call for proposals: Nordic user driven competence centre for realisation of carbon capture and storage
The Nordic Top-level Research Initiative announces a call for proposals to support the establishment of a Nordic User Driven Competence Centre for realisation of Carbon Capture and Storage.
Nordic Top-level Research Initiative has ordered an overview of the potential for applying CCS (carbon capture and storage) in the Nordic countries from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The report gives gives an overview of the technologies and applications required for CCS in the Nordic countries.
Jerzy Langer, a former vice-minister of science in Poland and a member of the Framework 6 assessment group, points to the Top-level Research Initiative as an approach that has taken the Nordic countries beyond the planning phase and into the realisation phase of solving the Grand Challenges.
Finland holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2011. Yesterday, the Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi presened the Presidency Programme in her opening speech at a Nordic Conference on Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region in Turku, Finland, focusing on the management of climate change.
The Nordic countries collaborate to a large extent in the energy sector, particularly in electricity. But where is this co-operation going? Is it simple necessity for the future of the energy market and how far are the countries prepared to go? Analys Norden sheds light on the energy debate in the Nordic countries.
Call for Nordic networks between business and academia within the topic ”Integration of large scale wind power”
The Top-level Research Initiative launches a call for Nordic networks within the sub-programme “Integration of large scale wind power”.
- Research collaboration between the Nordic and Baltic countries have long traditions, stated Susanna Sepponen, Senior adviser at NordForsk, at the conference “Lithuanian-Nordic Cooperation: Life-long Learning Experience" in Vilnius yesterday, February 23rd.
The cryosphere - all frozen water on the face of the Earth - is an uncertain factor in global climate models. More research will improve these models – which is the aim of the three Nordic Centres of Excellence funded within the Top-level Research Initiative’s (TRI) cryosphere programme.
The Top-level Research Initiative is about to become a brand that creates new and great interest for Nordic top-level research. Professor Nils Christian Stenseth needed no more than 24 hours to put together an Advisory Panel of international experts for his new Nordic Centre of Excellence – all of them accepted immediately.
8 PhD- and 4 Postdoc positions are now available at the Top-level Research Initiative's Nordic Centre of Excellence NorMER. Research areas are: Ecology, Evolutionary biology and Economy.
Nils Christian Stenseth is the project manager for one of the Top-level Research Initiative's Nordic Centres of Excellence: NorMER (Nordic Centre for the Study of Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems and Resource Economics). He blogs about climate and marine environment on forskning.no.
The Nordic Centre of Excellence NORD-STAR announces two open positions.
The Nordic Centre of Excellence CRAICC announces open positions.
Nobel laureate to address the inauguration of a Nordic Centre of Excellence on Adaptation Research.
The Nordic Centre of Excellence SVALI announces an open position.
Inauguration of the Nordic Centre of Excellence NORD-STAR attracts international, regional and local attention
Professor R.K. Pachauri, Chairman of IPCC, delivered a message to NCoE NORD-STAR via video and the ribbon was cut by Ms Elisabeth Nilsson, County Governor of Östergötland.
The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change, a Nordic Centre of Excellence funded by the Top-level Research Initiative, holds their first annual meeting in Oslo in October 11 and 12.
The Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change (NorMER) opened its first annual meeting October 11th on the site where Fridtjof Nansen defended his thesis in April 1888. Rector of the University of Oslo Professor Ole Petter Ottersen used the occasion to encourage researchers to let the spirit of Nansen inspire them.
The Nordic Centre of Excellence SVALI announces an open position.
NORDICCS, a Nordic user driven competence centre for realization of carbon capture and storage, has been launched at SINTEF Energy in Trondheim, Norway. In total, 35 million NOK will be invested by the Nordic countries over a four year period.
Once again there is the chance to nominate candidates for the Nordic Council Environment Prize. The theme for 2012 is biodiversity and anyone can nominate suitable individuals or organisations for the prize. The deadline for the nomination of candidates is 12 December 2011.
The Top-level Research Initiative’s platforms for Nordic research cooperation have already created good conditions for green growth. These are the reviews of the Top-level Research Initiative halfway through the programme period.
The Top-level Research Initiative received many words of praise at its annual conference in Oslo on 28-29 November. According to the Norwegian Government, the initiative puts Nordic ideals into practice, and Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers Halldór Ásgrimssón is impressed by the results achieved in such a short time.
The Top-level Research Initiative's Annual Conference in Oslo showed that the initiative promotes green growth in a number of areas, in keeping with the priorities set forth by political leaders in the Nordic region.
The storm Dagmar demonstrated once again how vulnerable we are facing the forces of nature. The amount of compensation paid out by insurance companies for flooding and other damage is rapidly escalating. How can we as homeowners learn more about how to avoid such damage resulting from climate change? A website using new visualisation technology may be the answer.
– In the past we thought that the Earth was invincible and that we could do what we liked with it. Now I am seeing a greater awareness of the fact that the world is fragile and that we are in danger of causing irreparable damage, sais Gudmund Hernes, author of the essay ”Hot Topic – Cold Climate, Climate Change and Attitude Change” for the Top-level Research initiative.
Fafo-breakfast with Gudmund Hernes who presents his new book "Hot Topic - Cold Comfort. Climate Change and Attitude Change".
«Adaptation futures – 2012 International Conference on climate adaptation» University of Arizona 29.mai – 31.May 2012 / next year's conference 18-20 March 2013 i Hamburg, Tyskland. «Adaptation Research meets Adaptation Decision-Making» 29-31 August i Helsinki, Finland.
New factsheets on the Top-level Research Initiative are now available for download!
The Top-level Research Initiative (TRI) on climate, energy and environment is now in its fourth year, and the annual conference for 2012 continues the experience of sharing knowledge and results. This year’s conference starts 29th Oct. 2012 at 2:00 PM and ends with lunch on 30th Oct.
“Communicating the challenges of climate change should be seen as an interaction process, not as one-way transmission of information.”
”What are the criteria for successsful open innovation?” The question was eagerly discussed by key note speakers as well as a large number of ESOF delegates, when NordForsk brought together academics and business people at a seminar in the science-2-business programme.
The Top-level Research Initiative (TRI) on climate, energy and environment is now in its fourth year, and the annual conference for 2012 continues the experience of sharing knowledge and results
Nordic cooperation on research and innovation is one of the most important efforts in creating a more climate-oriented and environment-friendly Nordic region. This was the key message from the 2012 annual conference of the Top-Level Research Initiative held in Helsinki.
The Arctic Co-operation Programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers has opened up for applications for economic support in 2013 to new project proposals as well as for the continuation of existing project.
Call for support to Networks in the area of ”Energy Efficiency with Nanotechnology - situation beyond 2020
The Top-level Research Initiative have launched a call for support to Networks in the area of ”Energy Efficiency with Nanotechnology – situation beyond 2020”
The TRI Management Board has decided to fund three new projects.
– This programme – energy efficiency with nano technology – has vitalized Nordic collaboration. New partners have found each other. So it has been a good tool for matchmaking as well as innovation, said chairman of the programme committee, Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, at a two-day seminar in Copenhagen late November. The programme was initiated in 2008 by the Nordic Council of Ministers, as part of the Nordic Top-level Research Initiative, and will continue through 2014.
– The goal has been to learn from each other and to develop new tools that can help us predict icing. Not much has been done in this area before, even internationally. So, we are pushing limits and gaining new knowledge, says Niels-Erik Clausen, senior advisor on wind energy at the Danish Technical University. He coordinates the IceWind project, funded by the Top-level Research Initiative, with participants from Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.
After one of the warmest Decembers of the past 100 years, many of the inhabitants of Nordic countries are wondering whether we are feeling the effects of climate change. “The climate system is like an engine,” says Torben R. Christensen, a climate researcher under the Top-level Research Initiative. “We have started up certain integral parts of it but we don’t know how the engine works.”
We are happy to invite you to the flagship conference 2014 for theTop-level Research Initiative (TRI). The conference will be held in Stockholm 18th to 19th November 2014 from lunch to lunch.
Professor Torben R. Christensen of Lund University has had an article published in the most recent issue of Nature. Professor Christensen is a project leader and head of the Nordic Centre of Excellence DEFROST under the Top-level Research Initiative and NordForsk.
The Nordic Top-level Research Initiative's final conference takes place in Stockholm on 18 and 19 November 2014, lunch to lunch.
Nordic Top-level Research Initative presents its findings on climate change, energy and the environment
The Top-level Research Initiative (TRI) is the largest joint Nordic research venture to date. During the last five years, many of the region’s leading researchers and their industrial partners have come together to find ways to respond to climate change, with emphasis on six selected fields of climate research. Some of the initiative’s impressive outcomes were presented at the TRI Flagship Conference in Stockholm on November 18-19.
Wetlands can both sequester CO2 and release methane (CH4) into the atmosphere. It is difficult to calculate how the balance between the uptake and emissions of these two greenhouse gases is affected by climate change. A large researcher group that includes participation of the Nordic Centre of Excellence DEFROST have concluded that human activities may influence this balance.
Professor Noel Keenlyside, head of the GREENICE project on climate, green growth and society under the Top-level Research Initiative, has won a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for his work on reducing uncertainties in future climate projections.
At the beginning of June, Ilulissat, Greenland, played host to the international Climate Days. The final conference of the Nordic Centre of Excellence SVALI was part of the programme.
The Nordic Top-level Research Initiative is the largest Nordic research and innovation venture to date. The new book "Solving the Climate Crisis - a Nordic Contribution" presents results, interviews and an overiew of this Nordic initiative's contributions towards solving the global climate challenges.
The Nordic countries will not be able to achieve their own or UN emissions reduction targets without extensive use of CO2 capture and storage. Therefore, Nordic scientists are suggesting, their countries should work together on capturing, transporting and storing large amounts of greenhouse gases in geological structures beneath the North Sea.
The biggest surprise from the NORDICCS project came from Iceland, where researchers have developed a “quick fix” that converts CO2 into rock.
The Top-level Research Initiative will be remembered for two reasons if not more: it is a Nordic collaboration project that has generated considerable new knowledge about climate change and it has educated a whole new generation of young climate researchers with an interdisciplinary background that enables them to see the big picture.