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					UMN-Norway Partnerships :
Recent history, New Opportunities
         and Strategies

           Judd Sheridan
      Norwegian Centennial Chair

          January 12, 2010
       Today’s remarks
• Goals:
  – Provide an update of UMN-Norway
   partnerships
    • Norwegian Centennial Chair
    • Expanding themes and partners
  – Suggest strategies for enhancing and
    expanding cooperation
  Norwegian Centennial
 Interdisciplinary Chair:
history and status of this
“model” for cooperation
NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
                                                                                               The story



                                                The University of Minnesota
                                                +
                                                The Norwegian University of Life Sciences

                                        The story in brief
                                         Cooperation started in 2003 with research “dream teams”
                                         Funded by the Norwegian ministry of agriculture and food,
                                          the Norwegian embassy to USA, the Norwegian Research
                                          Council and the University of Minnesota and its Foundation
                                         The Norwegian Centennial Interdisciplinary Chair was
                                          announced in 2005 by His Royal Highness Crown Prince
                                          Haakon
                                         Three agreements between the two universities were
                                          signed 2006 to establish the Chair program
                                         Shared funding of an endowment – Norway-UMN


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NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
                                                                                                   Money



                                        Funding

                                         The two universities provided a total of $1.5 Million to the
                                          University of Minnesota Foundation.
                                         The earnings from the endowment, about $ 70,000 per
                                          year, provide scholarships, part-time salaries for the chair-
                                          holders and workshop arrangements.
                                         The research teams apply for public or private funding for
                                          their R&D-projects.




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NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
                                                                                                 How do we collaborate?


                                        The Chair Model for collaboration between the two universities



                                                                   Transatlantic Research Teams
                                                                 incl. Bachelor-, Master-, PhD- and
                                          Industry                                                               Industry
                                                                          PostDoc-students
                                           Other                                                                  Other
                                         universities                                                           universities
                                                                           Bilateral
                                                        UMN               Agreement                   UMB


                                             Chair-                                                           Chair-
                                             holder                                                           holder
                                                                       Executive Committee

                                        UMN= University of Minnesota              UMB= Norwegian University of Life Sciences




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NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
                                                                                      What do we collaborate on?


                                        Transatlantic Research Teams             +(number of researchers involved)

                                         Airborne sampling of forest for biomass and carbon estimation (10)

                                         Functional genomics to advance dairy cattle health (5)

                                         Mycotoxin in cereal crops by enhanced plant resistance (10)

                                         Ecological, technical and economic aspects of bioenergy from forest (9)

                                         Thermochemical conversion of biomass to biofuel (pyrolysis) (10)

                                         Lignocellulose to biofuels (enzyme technology) (9)

                                         NEW Response to climate change - system approaches (10)

                                         NEW Aquaculture (8)

                                         NEW Cell wall (8)

                                         NEW Algae (8)
                                         In total 10 teams and 87 researchers
                                         16 industry involved, most of them without formal agreements




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NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
                                                                                         The production 2 of 3



                                        The team activity – An Example
                                         Airborne sampling of forest for
                                          biomass and carbon estimation -
                                          exploring relationships between data from
                                          airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and
                                          Ranging), biomass/carbon stocks and the
                                          carbon sequestration of boreal and temperate
                                          forest ecosystems
                                          – Papers: 3 joint, 2 non-joint
                                          – Projects funded: 5
                                          – PhD and Post.doc: 6




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Fulbright and TK Fellow:
   Terje Kristensen
            • Member of the
              “Airborne
              sampling team”
            • “Bridge” between
              UMB and UMN
         Moving Ahead:
         New Partnership
          Opportunities
• Chair program expanding research
  groups and themes
• UMN extending partnerships to other
  Norwegian universities, research
  centers, and research institutes
• Build connections with: Centers of
  Excellence; Centers for
  Environmentally-friendly Energy
  Research; and Centers for Research-
  based Innovation
New Chair program themes
      and groups
   • Climate and agriculture
   • Aquaculture
   • Algae
   • Cell Wall
Climate and Agriculture
  Build on Norwegian Ministry of
  Agriculture and Food Initiative
               Cooperation UMN- Bioforsk, UMB
 Response to Climate Change- system approach
                 (new team )
• Follow up meeting in Minnesota september 2008 –
  Climate change- Norwegian cooperation
• Agriculture/Food Ministry ”white paper”
• Follow up Visit to Norway 10- 12 June 2009.




   Lillian Øygarden, 2009
   Expanding University
       Partnerships
                                     UMB




                                UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN


New Strategy:         And More to Come……


 Build on Centers of Excellence
 Norwegian Centers
 of Excellence
             Theoretical chemistry
             Theoretical linguistics             Economics
                                                 Mind in Nature
 Communication systems
 Ships and ocean                                 Ecology
 structures                                      Cancer biomedicine
 Biology of memory                               Immune regulation
                                                 Biomedicine and IT
                                                 Neuroscience
 Geo- biosphere
                                                 Mathematics
 Climate research
                                                 Civil wars
 Medieval studies
                                                 Physics/Geology
 Petroleum                                       Geohazards
 research
                                       Aquaculture protein
Arvid Hallen, Science Week, 2007
Dr. Jerry Shurson1 and Dr. Margareth Øverland2
Dept. of Animal Science (UM)1 and APC (UMB)2
 Travel exchanges to build:
   Research team
   Refine objectives
   Secure funding
 Identify prospective U.S. based industrial partners for
 SFI Research Innovation Grant Proposal
  Expanding University
      Partnerships
                                UMB




                           UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN


                    And More to Come……


Build on Centers of Excellence
   University of Oslo (UiO)
• Long history – e.g. political sci, German,
  Scand, Dutch on Hamrun
• UMN chosen as a “Preferred partner”
• Include as part of “Chair” program
• New and/or expanded efforts
   –   Mathematics – CMA/IMA
   –   Neuroscience – CMBN/Neurosci Dept.
   –   Ecosystems/evolution – CEES/Ecology-Cedar Creek
   –   St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
   –   Materials Science – cf. solar, catalysis
   –   “Mini-Smart Grids”
   –   Peace Studies
CEES – Cedar Creek
          • Nils Chr. Stenseth
    UiO   • Dir Center of Excellence,
            Centre for Ecological and
            Evolutionary Synthesis
            (CEES)
          • Highly-cited Environ
            Scientist

          • David Tilman
          • Dept. Ecology,Evol,Behav
    UMN   • International biology prize
            awardee
          • Highly-cited Environ
            Scientist
One of Many Major Research
  Findings at Cedar Creek
             • Carbon-negative
               biofuels from low-
               input high-diversity
               grassland biomass.
               SCIENCE
               314:1598-1600.
               2006
             • Tilman, D.; Hill, J.;
               Lehman, C.
      DOE Wind Consortium:
       St. Anthony Falls Lab
• SAFL-led Wind Consortium
  Wins $8M Grant from the
  U.S. Department of
  Energy
• Will support research to
  improve both land-based
  and offshore wind
  generation
• Will build large wind
  turbine for research UMore
  park
• Many industrial partners
Expanding University
    Partnerships
                          UMB




                     UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN


              And More to Come……
              NTNU
• Electrical Engineering
• Microbiology (biofilm; also UMB)
• Bioenergy (later)
• Catalysis (Nordic Opportunity)
• Neuroscience
Another TK Fellowship link

       Ned       • Long-standing
       Mohan       research
       UMN         cooperation
                   Electrical Eng
                 • Many Fulbright and
                   TK students
       Tore
       Underland • Recent:
       NTNU        – Miriam Kaynia
                   – Lars Stormo
                   – Thomas Børstad
              NTNU
• Electrical Engineering
• Microbiology (biofilm; also
  UMB)
• Bioenergy (later)
• Catalysis (Nordic Opportunity)
• Neuroscience
    DOE Biohydrocarbon Center:
         ARPA-E awardee
•   A team of University of
    Minnesota researchers and
    BioCee, a university start-up
    company, have been awarded
    $2.2 million from the
    Department of Energy for a
    research proposal using
    bacteria to produce biofuel.
•   The team proposes to
    develop a bioreactor using
    bacteria embedded in a thin
    latex coating to produce
    hydrocarbon fuel.
•   Based in part on work done
    with SINTEF/NTNU
   Expanding University
       Partnerships
                                      UMB




                                 UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN


New Strategy:             And More to Come……

Build on New “Environment-Friendly Energy”
          Research Centers (FME)
   Forskningssentrene for
  Miljøvennlig Energi (FME)
• Key features: renewable energy theme,
  multiple university and corporate
  partners, some Intl,“grad school”
• 8 funded for 8 years, ca. $4M/yr
• 50% from Norwegian Res Council
• 25% from corporate partners
• 25% from Norwegian academic
  partners
    Forskningssentrene for
   Miljøvennlig Energi (FME)
• Bioenergy Innovation Centre (CenBio)
• BIGCCS Centre – International CCS Research
  Centre
• SUbsurface CO2 Storage – Critical Elements and
  Superior Strategy (SUCCESS)
• Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy
  (NORCOWE)
• Norwegian Research Centre for Offshore Wind
  Technology (NOWITECH)
• The Norwegian Research Centre for Solar Cell
  Technology
• The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings
  (ZEB)
• Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable
  Energy (CEDREN)
Centers for Environment-Friendly Energy
Research (FME)


                                BIGCCS
                                CEDREN
                                CenBio
                                NORCOWE
                                NOWITECH
                                SOLAR
                                SUCCESS
                                ZEB
   University of Oslo (UiO)
• Long history – e.g. political sci, German,
  Scand, Dutch on Hamrun
• UMN chosen as a “Preferred partner”
• Include as part of “Chair” program
• New and/or expanded efforts
   – Mathematics
   – Neuroscience
   – Ecosystems/evolution
   – St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
   – Materials Science – cf. solar, catalysis – SOLAR
     (with IFE- Instit for Energy Technology)
   – “Mini-Smart Grids” – Solar, Wind, elect eng (UMN)
   – Peace Studies
              IREE Large Grant
Laterally Integrated Photovoltaic Systems
Project lead: Philip Cohen, Electrical and Computer Engineering




Dick Hemmingsen, 2009
Centers for Environment-Friendly Energy
Research (FME)


                                BIGCCS
                                CEDREN
                                CenBio
                                NORCOWE
                                NOWITECH
                                SOLAR
                                SUCCESS
                                ZEB
              NTNU
• Electrical Engineering
• Microbiology (biofilm; also UMB)
• Bioenergy (CenBio) – with UMB
• Catalysis (Nordic Opportunity)
• Neuroscience
CenBio




2009-09-29
                    R&D partners in CenBio


                                        Centre lead



                                             Host

   Trondheim

                     R&D




               Ås
2009-09-29
             International cooperation
        ► Stanford University (USA )
        ► US Forest Service (USA)
        ► University of Minnesota (USA )
        ► Finnish Forest Research Institute (FIN)
        ► Chalmers University of Technology (S)
        ► Åbo Akademi University (FIN)
        ► Technical University of Denmark (DK)
        ► University of Copenhagen (DK)
        ► Vienna University of Technology (A)
        ► Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (D)

2009-09-29
  Expanding University
      Partnerships
                                      UMB




                                 UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN


                          And More to Come……

Build on New “Environment-Friendly Energy”
          Research Centers (FME)
Centers for Environment-Friendly Energy
Research (FME)


                                BIGCCS
                                CEDREN
                                CenBio
                                NORCOWE
                                NOWITECH
                                SOLAR
                                SUCCESS
                                ZEB
University of Bergen (UiB)
• UMN Poly Sci and Psychology
• Potential in climate modeling with
  UMN Institute on the Environment
• FME centers
  – NORCOWE – with UStavanger,Agder
  – SUCCESS – with UOslo and IFE
                      IREE Large Grant
 Combining Geothermal Energy Extraction and CO2
 Sequestration to Produce Clean, Renewable, Carbon
 Negative Electricity
 Project lead: Martin Saar, Geology and Geophysics




                                                     High-temperature Geothermal – Iceland




Low-temperature Geothermal – Minnesota
Dick Hemmingsen, 2009
   Expanding University
       Partnerships
                                    UMB




                               UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN


New Strategy:        And More to Come……


 Build on Research-based
  Innovation Centers
Centres for Research-based Innovation
- public private partnerships



       SFI



                           Mini-Smart
                           grid,SOLAR
                            APC
                            Mycotox,plant
          SFI proposals
• APC – Aquaculture Protein Center –
  UMB, U Bergen
• Mycotoxin – Bioforsk, UMB
• Genomics of plants and animals – UMB,
  Hamar
• Mini-SmartGrid – UiO, India
• CeRTA – UiO, UiT (not really SFI)
• UMN in ALL of THESE
       How can you help?
• Work with us on increasing private
  sector involvement with research
  groups (both Norwegian and Minnesota)
• Facilitate and promote student
  exchanges related to research groups
• Reinforce linkages with Norwegian
  government and research council
Prime Minister Stoltenberg at U of M’s Cedar
     Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

    High level support
    from the Norwegian
    government




Bob Kvavik, TK
Address, 2008
Prime Minister Stoltenberg at U of M’s Cedar
     Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

  High level support
  from the Norwegian
  government……….
  Can we add you to the
  picture?
Many thanks!
 Tusen takk!

				
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