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Large Norwegian-US gathering on health and energy

“We are very pleased that so many prominent US and Norwegian researchers have registered for the event,” says Jostein Mykletun, Consul General of Norway in Houston.

Mykletun 

We are very pleased that so many prominent US and Norwegian researchers have registered for the event, says Jostein Mykletun, Consul General of Norway in Houston.

More than 400 participants are registered so far.

“Among those attending are Subra Suresh, Director of the National Science Foundation in the US, as well as Minister of Education and Research Kristin Halvorsen, Minister of Health and Care Services Jonas Gahr Støre, five Norwegian university presidents, and the Norwegian-American physicist, businessman and philanthropist Fred Kavli,” he continues.

According to Mr Mykletun, Texas and Norway have great potential to develop their research cooperation in a number of fields. “Houston has especially strong research groups in both energy research and health research. Science Week gives Norwegian researchers a unique opportunity to establish contacts with these groups.”

“We want to see the Norwegian researchers fly home with concrete plans in their luggage,” he says. “Each and every workshop should result in a project for expanded cooperation.”

Focus on young scientists

The title of this year’s event is “Bridging Partnerships”, referring to the overall objective to promote cooperation between Norway and the US on research, technology and innovation.

Held this year for the 11th time, Science Week will be hosted by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Houston and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C., in close cooperation with four Norwegian ministries, Rice University and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Houston Science Week will be hosted by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Houston and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C., in close cooperation with four Norwegian ministries, Rice University and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Transatlantic Science Week will consist of several panel sessions as well as a number of scientific workshops. The programme will also offer site visits to exciting places such as the NASA Johnson Space Center.

New this year is that doctoral students and younger researchers will be more involved in the entire programme. In the area of energy, a separate session will be dedicated to bringing together young Norwegian and US researchers.

Science Week 2012

An extensive programme

  • 180 speakers 
  • 19 workshops
  • 2 plenary sessions 
  • 3 special panels (Think Tank Collaboration, Fulbright Arctic Chairs, student session on Energy for the Future) 
  • 4 keynote lectures 
  • 7 site visits outside of Houston

Link to the programme/registration

Rice University

Rice University is a private research university with 5 500 students. It is ranked as the 17th best university in the US. Rice has world-class faculty in the areas of mathematics, natural science and technology, engineering science, the humanities and political science.

MD Anderson Cancer Center

MD Anderson Cancer Center, part of the University of Texas, is the world’s largest independent cancer centre and one of the most respected. The centre is dedicated exclusively to cancer treatment, research, education and prevention.

 

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