Markku Kulmala, Helsinki University physics department, is the most cited scientist in the field of geosciences according to the Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge.
Publication and citation data are often used to rank the best researchers, research institutions and nations, but the methods used contain a number of weaknesses. A new Nordic report shows that bibliometric indicators can provide greater insight than rankings that are based on a somewhat superficial use of statistics.
Within the Nordic cooperation there are a number of concrete projects initiated to meet global challenges. Several of these focus on research and higher education. NordForsk Director Gunnel Gustafsson and Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector of the University of Oslo comment on experiences from projects and future opportunities for Nordic research cooperation.
NordForsk has received a total of 118 applications following the call for researcher networks, and 52 applications for research training courses. This is a steady increase in applications over the past years.
Nils Christian Stenseth is the project manager for one of the Top-level Research Initiative's Nordic Centres of Excellence: NorMER (Nordic Centre for the Study of Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems and Resource Economics). He blogs about climate and marine environment on forskning.no.