Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir presents the statement at Stortinget
Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir presents the statement at Stortinget

Nordic research co-operation yields good results

The recommendation was presented at the 2023 Session of the Nordic Council in the form of a statement on Nordic research co-operation. Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation of Iceland, presented the statement.

"This is an important statement. It emphasises that it is essential for the Nordic countries to work together on research, and that NordForsk plays a key role in this work. I really appreciate that the Nordic ministers for research and education recognise the work that NordForsk does in collaboration with the national research councils," says Arne Flåøyen, Director of NordForsk.

The statement focuses on projects and results in Nordic research co-operation. As the Nordic Council of Ministers' institution for funding and facilitating Nordic research co-operation, NordForsk plays a key role in the statement. Among other things, it highlights how NordForsk-funded projects create Nordic added value and help promote a green, competitive, and socially sustainable Nordic Region, as well as how NordForsk communicates the results and effects of its research.

The Nordic ministers emphasise, among other things:

  • Research is a fundamental tool for acquiring the knowledge necessary to address acute crises and to be better prepared for long-term challenges.
  • It is important to invest in making the Nordic Region an attractive research destination with favourable framework conditions for research, especially for younger researchers.
  • NordForsk's calls for proposals encompass a wide range of topics, including the ocean and agriculture, the labour market, health and welfare, and societal security. This contributes to research having added value for the entire Nordic co-operation.

The statement in Nordic languages


Siri Bjarnar. Photo: NordForsk

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