Visit from the adjacent areas‘ information offices

01.11.2002
On October 24 2002 the Nordic institutions in Holbergs gate 1 in Oslo had the pleasure og welcoming all of the dierctors of the Nordic Council of Ministers‘ information offices in the adjacent areas, as well as two employees of the Council‘c secreteriat in charge of matters concerning the adjacent areas.
On October 24 2002 the Nordic institutions in Holbergs gate 1 in Oslo had the pleasure og welcoming all of the dierctors of the Nordic Council of Ministers‘ information offices in the adjacent areas, as well as two employees of the Council‘c secreteriat in charge of matters concerning the adjacent areas.

NorFA‘s rector Hans Guðmundsson welcomed the guests on behalf of the three host institutions NorFA, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research. Then adviser Martin Wilisoo of Nordic Innovation presented their activities in the adjacent areas, including the initiation of a series of information seminars, of which the first was held in Arkhangelsk in June and the second will be held in Tallinn in December 2002.

The NorFA advisers Peeter Päts and Aadne Aasland gave an overview of NorFAs activities regarding the adjacent areas, including NorFA Neighbour (both grants and academy aspects), courses in research theory and presentation techniques aimed at facilitating the opportunities of receiving international funding for research projects, a large adjacent area conference in 2003 and involvement of the adjacent areas in NorFAs reference group for women in academia.

After a presentation of Nordic Energy Research by its director Per Øyvind Hjerpaasen, adviser Astrid Nærum of the Nordic Council of Ministers presented its activities regarding the adjacent areas. She stated that 20 percent of the Council‘c budget is reserved for activities in the adjacent areas and that the money if devided between information activities (in which the information offices is an important part), scholarships/exchange and projects. The directors of the information offices in Tallinn (Kalli Klement), Riga (Eva Emnéus), Vilnius (Knut Hjorth-Johansen) and St. Petersburg (Esa Markkanen) gave an overview of their work and staff.

The meeting ended after a nice lunch at Holbergs gate 1 and all participants agreed to have meetings of this kind on a yearly basis.
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