Nygårdshøyden south
Nygårdshøyden Sør

A science powerhouse

Nygårdshøyden South represents the realisation of UiB's vision, i.e. "knowledge that shapes society". Under this major initiative, UiB and the outside world are uniting in order to encourage each other, conduct research, learn, discuss and shape future solutions. With Nygårdshøyden South, UiB will open the door and invite you to enter; we are a university without walls.

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The University of Bergen (UiB) contributes to sustainable societal development by providing outstanding research, forward-looking education and dynamic knowledge transfer.

Our researchers and students are jointly involved with businesses and public figures in creating new insights and sustainable solutions for the future.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has the academic breadth, expertise and access to advanced infrastructure required in order to meet the major challenges of our time such as climate change and biodiversity, predictable access to energy, the responsible use of resources and access to food, water and good health.

The new science hub we are creating at Nygårdshøyden South will help us in this work. 

Science power on a modern campus

Exciting hypotheses and modern research infrastructure are prerequisites for realising ambitious scientific research, innovation, education, and top-quality international knowledge transfer. 

Proximity to innovative circles and access to experimental and digital tools facilitates learning methods where students are both challenged and challenge scientific theories and socially relevant knowledge.

Well-equipped laboratories with high HSE standards and modern advanced scientific instrumentation are essential for maintaining and developing outstanding academic environments. Good access to such research tools is a prerequisite for contributing to the knowledge front, while state-of-the-art infrastructure is an important competitive advantage for recruiting skilled researchers and students and for being successful in competitive arenas.

Nygårdshøyden South will offer modern, well-equipped research and learning arenas where the socially shaping power of science subjects is defined through active participation, discussion, academic specialisation, and the joy of creating things on a modern science campus.

The new campus will be open and accessible to — not only students, researchers, and business — but to the wider community of Bergen, Norway, and the World. 

At Nygårdshøyden South we will create an open, vibrant campus – a university without walls.

Innovation hub 

Artificial intelligence, information technology, data and computational science all change and strengthen science subjects and raise the level of ambition for both basic insight and practical applications. We employ this interdisciplinary expertise at the University of Bergen in order to facilitate innovation in education and research, and for business and technology-oriented innovation in close cooperation with external partners. 

In a dedicated new building, UiB will create an innovation hub for society, businesses, students, and research communities. In this hub, start-ups and knowledge companies will interact closely with leading academic computer science communities and students in stimulating learning environments. 

At Nygårdshødyen South we will create excellent growth conditions for good ideas.

Campus development is key to realising our vision 

Realisation of our vision for Nygårdshøyden Sør requires comprehensive and pervasive campus development that over the next decade will enable the Faculty to emerge as a science powerhouse and innovation hub. A modern new building will be linked to cultural historical and architectural values in the form of Geophysics and modernised Physics and Science buildings with a new energy efficient and green profile. We will be an open university with an inviting campus area.  

Our science powerhouse is being created in top quality modern laboratories and areas designed for a broad range of basic and advanced experimental research.  Open learning areas and spaces for interaction and concentration will be key facilities, where flexible solutions can change area usage as required. We will also facilitate student-driven arenas for innovation, and these will play an important role in developing culture around innovation and will create ownership and encourage curiosity and creativity.  

Coherent, modern buildings will enable the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science to realise its research visions and contribute knowledge to sustainable solutions.