The Embassy of Italy in Oslo is actively engaged in supporting and strengthening the collaboration between Italy and Norway in the science and technology sector. To this end, the Embassy works to promote the Italian scientific and technological system and encourage every possible form of collaboration.
Research Italy: the Italian research portal
Euraxess – Researchers in motion is a European Commission initiative aimed at making European scientific careers more attractive to researchers from all over the world and facilitating the mobility of researchers in EU countries.
Euraxess Italy – is part of the Euraxess Initiative – Researchers in Motion: it offers targeted information and assistance to researchers who spend a period in Italy through a national portal and a network of Centers.
The Norwegian parliament and the government establish the frame conditions and identify the major research objectives. Each minister is responsible for implementing these objectives. The Ministry of Education and Research is responsible for the coordination of research policies and manage approximately half of the total budget for investments in research. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is the second most important source of financing.
The Research Council of Norway is responsible all research activities.
The national and European research programs constitute a key and decisive element for a growing process of knowledge which in upcoming years will also have to sustain economy and occupation.
The bilateral activities should mainly be influenced by the necessity to contribute to the realization of the European Research Area (ERA), favouring initiatives born from a synergy between scientific attachés and national excellency groups (universities, research institutes and enterprises) engaged in R&D activities that would be predisposed to internationalization of their activities.
It is therefore essential to favor:
- the realization of European network of research in Excellency sectors for our country;
- the inclusion of research groups and Italian companies involved in development networks of projects born for the initiative of the crediting country;
- the development of more extensive interactions between the national delegates and the European Union’s research programs;
- the interaction with the institutions of our country engaged in the spread of research programs and the formation of the European Commission and to the representative agencies of groups of researchers such as scientific Associations and Societies;
- the process of researcher mobility stimulating the realization of formation networks or of research infrastructure;
- the definition of initiatives at a European level within the annual programming;
- the strengthening of the dialogue between scientific attachés, also offering the respective knowledge in the field of elaborating research networks;
- the integration of the E.U.’s FP research themes in the phase of preparation of Bilateral Protocols.
The primary strategical sectors for a fruitful scientific cooperation between Italy and Norway are
- applied technologies for cultural goods
- fuel cells
- functional genomics and biotechnologies
As Island is concerned, which is under the territorial jurisdiction of the Italian Embassy in Oslo, the scientific sectors of particular interest for Italy are medicine, genetics and the energy sector, especially the geothermal energy.
- April 2019 – Cooperation agreement between the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO).
- February 2019 – Collaboration agreement between the University for foreigners of Siena and the University of Bergen under the framework of the Erasmus+ programme.
- Framework agreement between the University of Parma (Department of Engineering and Architecture) and the University of Science and Technology (NTNU) of Trondheim. A framework agreement has been in operation since July 2018 between the Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Parma and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The Memorandum, chd covers the sectors of metal science and metallurgy, chemistry and physics, has a duration of five years and aims to facilitate cooperation between the two universities through numerous scientific and educational activities, including the student exchange and post-graduate exchange for graduate students; the mobility of both teachers and staff; involvement in joint EU projects, in research and publication activities; participation in seminars and academic meetings; the exchange of scientific material and publications; participation in short and special academic programs.
“The appeal of the polar regions for those who have been there once is irresistible.
That sense of absolute freedom of the spirit, that relinquishing care for material things except those that are indispensable for survival, that shrinking value of ideas, principles, feelings, so important and essential in the civilized world. (…)
The human law that no longer exists and gives way to that of nature. (…)
That immense solitude where everyone feels king over himself. All this, once it has been experienced, can no longer be forgotten and exerts a fascination which is impossible to resist.”
- The Arctic Council – Italy has been a member of the Arctic Council since 2007 as ad hoc observer and since 2013 as permanent observer.
- The Italian National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities.