The Sars Centre is now part of UiB
On 1 January 2015, the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology became part of the University of Bergen (UiB). The centre was previously part of Uni Research.
The Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology was created in 1997. Research at the centre has included studies of the basic biological processes in marine organisms using functional and comparative molecular methods. The centre was originally created as part of the Unifob research environment, which later changed its name to Uni Research, before this move to become part of UiB.
The Sars Centre is located in the modern facilities of the Bergen High Technology Centre, where it is already located alongside three UiB departments (Molecular Biology, Biology and Informatics).
Several reasons for move to UiB
Professor Daniel Chourrout, research director at the Sars Centre, explains that there are several reasons for this move to become part of UiB.
“First of all, Uni Research has evolved towards more applied research and development, while we at the Sars Centre conduct more basic research. Secondly, developments have been such that our funding now primarily comes from UiB,” says Chourrout.
Over the past ten years, several other research centres have also been transferred from Uni Research to UiB.
No major changes
Chourrout does not expect any major changes after the transfer to UiB, and instead believes that this is a good investment for the university.
“The Sars Centre will contribute towards high academic activity and strong international collaboration in one of the university’s core fields of research,” he says, before pointing out that the centre already works closely with a number of research communities at UiB.
Chourrout is, however, satisfied that the centre now joins an established European university.
“We have every intention to help the university achieve future breakthroughs in science and aid its growing recognition,” says the Sars research director.