NorFA and NCoE initiate Nordic graduate schools

30.10.2002
The Nordic programme for centres of excellence has just been initiated by the Nordic research councils for science, environmental science and technology in co-operation with the Nordic Council of Ministers. NorFA funds two Nordic graduate schools within the framework of the programme.
The Nordic programme for centres of excellence has just been initiated by the Nordic research councils for science, environmental science and technology in co-operation with the Nordic Council of Ministers. NorFA funds two Nordic graduate schools within the framework of the programme.

NorFA‘s rector Hans Guðmundsson presented this new graduate school initiative in a press conference in Helsingfors 31.10.02.

The purpose of the programme is to strengthen the academic level of Nordic research and to make it more visible internationally. The programme will be carried out from 2003 to 2007 and its yearly funding is of approx. 10 million DKK (approx. 1,35 million Euro).

NorFA funds two graduate schools with 1,7 million NOK per year (approx. 230.000 Euro) within the frame of the programme. The purpose of this new activity is to connect centres of excellence and graduate schools in order to strengthen the quality of Nordic research training through international co-operation.

The Nordic graduate schools are:

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Biosphere-Carbon-Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions
Professor Markku Kulmala, Helsinki University and
Professor Anders Lindroth, Lund University

The centre investigates the basic atmospheric processes, ecosystem processes, the aerosol-cloud-climate interactions and different feedback processes between the climate and ecosystems.

The activities particularly related to the graduate school are: Nordic mobility of ph.d. students, port.docs and supervisors, common guest lecturers, visiting professors, seminars/workshops/courses for students and post.docs, enhanced multinational supervising, training of supervisors and development of new supervising methods.

The graduate school provides an international framework and improved working conditions for the scientists.

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Nordic Graduate School of Ecological Dynamics (”EcoGrad”) Professor Nils Chr. Stenseth, University of Oslo

The centre will investigate the effect of climate variations on ecological processes. The group consists of researchers from areas such as ecology, bioloy, statistics and mathematics. Professor Stenseth and his colleagues are internationally acknowledged researchers within climate effects on animal populations and have published articles in for instance Nature and Science.

The purpose of the graduate school EcoGrad is to create an environment for research training within the frame of the centre in order to connect research and research training closer.
The research training part will be arranged around annual research summits where the young researchers among other things will have the opportunity to discuss their work with internationally recognised researchers. These summits will be followed by PhD courses and workshops, as well as collaborative research among the PhD candidates.

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More information about the graduate schools?
NorFA‘s adviser Torkild Vinther
Tel. +47 23 35 45 63
torkild.vinther@norfa.no

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