Academia Europaea establishes knowledge hub in Bergen
On 30 May 2014, the Academia Europaea Hub Region Bergen was opened. The hub will provide the national academies of science and letters in Norway with a European partner in Bergen.
The focus of Academia Europaea’s hub in Bergen is resources and expertise relating to the ‘Northern seas’ – Europe’s northern dimension.
The University of Bergen (UiB), the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), the City of Bergen and Hordaland County Authority are behind the establishment of the new knowledge hub Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Region Bergen. Academia Europaea will focus in particular on knowledge relating to energy, seafood, maritime transport, international relations and resource issues in ocean areas in Northern Europe, including the Arctic. The region has thereby been assigned a European task that can also prove useful in relation to the Bergen region’s priority industries in future.
Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Region Bergen is based on a Nordic model with European affiliation, and relations have already been established with Bergen’s twin towns – Århus and Gothenburg – which will be key partners. The universities in these two cities have a good tradition of linking up with businesses that represent the priority industries in their respective regions, such as Maersk in Århus and Volvo and Ericsson in Gothenburg. Funds have been built up around these institutions that form the basis for investment in long-term research. Knowledge Hub Region Bergen will provide opportunities for collaboration through projects to which these institutions will also contribute.
London, Barcelona, Wroclaw and now Bergen
After the establishment of the hub in Bergen, Academia Europaea will have four organisations that cover different parts of Europe. Its headquarters are in London, Eastern Europe is covered by Knowledge Hub Wroclaw in Poland, Southern Europe by Knowledge Hub Barcelona in Spain, and the northern part of Europe will now be covered by Knowledge Hub Region Bergen.
Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Region Bergen will establish forums and seminars and it will be a new European hub for research, knowledge and interdisciplinarity that will benefit decision-makers at all levels.
Professor Jan S. Vaagen of the Department of Physics and Technology at the University of Bergen will serve as the academic director of Knowledge Hub Region Bergen. He is one of 50 Norwegian members, 20 of whom work in Bergen.