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Norwegian Centres of Excellence (CoE)

UiB hosts four National Centres of Excellence. The CoE status is a stamp of quality in academic research.

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SAPIENCE
SapienCE - Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour - aims to find out how we evolved into who we are today.
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Birkeland
The Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS ) tries to understand the Earth’s relationship to space.
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CISMAC
CISMAC - Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health - aims to improve the health and survival of mothers and children in low- and middle income countries (LMICs).
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CCBIO
CCBIO - Centre for Cancer Biomarkers - works towards new cancer biomarkers and targeted therapy.
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UiB currently hosts four Norwegian Centres of Excellence:

  • Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour SAPIENCE (2017-2027)
    • SapienCE aims to increase our understanding of how and when Homo sapiens evolved into who we are today. South Africa is one of the locations for this centre.
  • Birkeland Center for Space Science BCSS (2013-2023)
    • BCSS tries to understand the Earth’s relationship to space. They are looking to answer the  three questions: When and why are the auroras in the two hemispheres asymmetric? What are the effects of particle precipitation on the atmospheric system? What is the role of energetic particles from thunderstorms on geospace?
  • Center for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health CISMAC (2013-2023)
    • CISMAC aims to improve the health and survival of mothers and children as well as child development through intervention studies among low-income populations in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Center for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO (2013-2023)
    • CCBIO identifies new cancer biomarkers and targeted therapy, and has particular focus on mechanisms that show how cancer cells are affected by the microenvironment in the tumors, and what significance this has for cancer proliferation and poor prognosis.

UiB is also partner in a CoE coordinated by UiO: The Norwegian Centre for research on mental illnesses -NORMENT, which has the aim to find answers to why some people develop serious mental illness.

In 2022, new Centres will be appointed.