Sverker Holmgren, Programme Director for NordForsk’s eScience Globalisation Initiative, has been appointed chair of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG). e-IRG is a resource group that lays the strategic foundation for eInfrastructure in Europe. He takes over for Gudmund Høst, who was recently appointed Director of the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC). The NeIC is a collaboration between the Nordic countries to facilitate the development of eInfrastructure solutions for Nordic research communities.
- Attending ECER, I’m delighted to learn that the Nordic region is very well represented at this year’s conference. I’m satisfied with the way our programme “Education for Tomorrow” has been promoted, and with the response it has received so far. We are anticipating many excellent NCoE proposals by the upcoming deadline 6 November 2012, predicts Ane Marte Rasmussen (the Research Council of Norway), on behalf of the Steering Committee. "Education for Tomorrow" will fund a Nordic Centre of Excellence through a currently open call for proposals with deadline 6 November.
The Nordic region was in focus at this year’s annual Göteborg Book Fair, held 27-30 September. This was in honour of the 60th anniversary of Nordic cooperation as well as the 50th birthday of the Nordic Statistical Yearbook, which was duly celebrated at the stand of the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers. NordForsk organised three successful presentations on the Nordic stage, with the topics freedom of expression amidst extremism, climate challenges, and diet.
The Nordic Ministers for Co-operation have decided that Dagfinn Høybråten from Norway will be the new Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers from March 2013.
The Board of NordForsk has decided to grant the following research projects within the programme Education for Tomorrow: