Nordic co-operation has been upgraded in the policy programme presented by the new Danish government on 4 October at the opening of Parliament. There will be focus, in particular, on Arctic co-operation and international relations. The Swedish Parliament will also discuss increased international co-operation between the Nordic countries.
On 29-30 September, some 150 representatives of the research community, authorities, trade and industry came together at the eScience conference in Helsinki to discuss the opportunities that are opening up thanks to new electronic research methods and tools. The conference presented a wide range of perspectives.
In the new Danish government, which took office on 3 October, Manu Sareen has been appointed Minister for Nordic Co-operation and Morten Østergaard Kristensen is the new Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education. Both are elected for the Danish Social-Liberal Party.
The Nordic eScience globalisation initiative has now started. “We have good reason to expect outstanding results when the Nordic countries join forces to launch a large-scale collaboration in this area,” says Sverker Holmgren, NordForsk's new Programme Director for the initiative.
The Nordic countries have a high level of expertise and should increase their cooperation on research based on biobanks and registry data as well as on clinical research. This is the view being put forth by the Joint Committee of the Nordic Medical Research Councils (NOS-M) in a strategy memo presented recently.