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UiB opens new Brussels office

3 May saw the official opening of UiB’s new Brussels office, in the heart of the European quarter.

Åpning av nytt brusselkontor
Sharing the office: (L-R) Rector of NTNU Bjarne Foss, Pro-Rector of UiB Margareth Hagen, SINTEF Director Alexandra Bech Gjørv and NORCE Director Elisabeth M. Støle look forward to good synergy effects now that the institutions are moving into the new Brussels office together.
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Ole Marius Kvamme, UiB

It is now three years since UiB set up its own office in Brussels. Here, researchers from the university can obtain practical and strategic support to strengthen contacts with the European Union, and get help to exploit the opportunities for new and exciting research projects, mainly through the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

The office has now moved to a larger and more modern building in Rue Guimard 9, which UiB will share with NORCE, NTNU and SINTEF. 

3 May saw the official opening of the new office premises, with speeches from prominent guests such as Jean-Eric Paquet, Secretary General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, and Rolf Einar Fife, who is Norway’s ambassador to the EU and chairman of Norway's EU delegation.

Great ambitions

“UiB is proud of what we have achieved through the Brussels office over these three years. With the opening of this fine new office, we are showing that UiB has great ambitions in terms of presence in Europe and strengthening the relationship between the EU and our international partners and the academic communities back home in Bergen, says Pro-Rector Margareth Hagen, who also gave a speech at the opening ceremony.

She also praises the cooperation between UiB and the other institutions at the Brussel office.

A happy head of office

Head of office Kristof Vlaeminck is very pleased with the new premises, which he finds more professional-looking than the previous location.

Read more: Our man in Brussels

“The Brussels office offers meeting rooms, and we also make sure that everyone who visits us here in Brussels has the most efficient and enjoyable stay. We are pleased to assist with everything from facilitation and practical chores during meetings to arranging contacts with the European Commission,” he says, and adds: 

“The opening of the new premises also shows that UiB has great ambitions with global partners and the upcoming Horizon Europe programme.”