Norway-Singapore Science Week 2021 - Photo:Photo credit: Innovation Norway
Photo credit: Innovation Norway

Norway-Singapore Science Week – confirming research and academic cooperation

The second annual Norway-Singapore Science Week confirmed the growing research and academic cooperation within sustainable urban development, digital health, the arctic and maritime decarbonisation.

| Event Summary & Recordings

The second annual Science Week was organized by Innovation Norway 1 - 5 November.

Over 3 webinars and one hybrid event, the 270 participants engaged in more than 50 presentations from professors, researchers and company executives.

At the opening session, Mr. Eivind S. Homme, Norway's Ambassador to Singapore, Ms. Mari Sundli Tveit, CEO of the Research Council of Norway, and Dr. Per Christer Lund, Science & Technology Councellor of Innovation Norway, addressed the importance and growing interest for strengthening academic and research cooperation with our common priority areas: urban development, HealthTech, maritime and sustainable energy.

The webinar on sustainable urban development was opened by Mr. Lim Tuang Liang, Chief Science & Technology Officer from the Ministry of Sustainability and Environment, introducing Singapore’s Green Plan 2030.

This was followed up by presentations from the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the Institute of Energy Technology and Norwegian SINTEF, addressing drivers for sustainable, happy and zero-emission societies.

Presentations from Day 1 can be found here and recordings here and here.   

 

The webinar on digital solutions for the health and welfare sector focused on a newly explored area for cooperation, and the discussions centred around data mining and analytics; digital medicine and social aspects of digitalisation and remote health services.

In addition to presentations from the university and research sector – NUS and A*STAR from the Singapore side, and SINTEF and the Arctic University of Norway (UiT) from the Norwegian side, a number of innovative commercial solutions were presented.

Presentations from Day 2 can be found here and recordings here and here.  

 

The Norway-Singapore Arctic Hybrid Conference was co-organized by Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Embassy and Energy Studies Institute at the National University of Singapore.

The 25 physical attendees at Park Royal Singapore and another 50 virtual attendees, enjoyed Singapore's former Senior Minister of State Mr. Sam Tan, now Singapore's Special Envoy for Arctic Affairs, elaborate on Singapore’s significant interest in the Arctic and cooperation with Norway.

The common interest in the Arctic was followed up by Ambassador Homme and President Dag Rune Olsen of Norway’s Arctic University - UiT.

The conference then zoomed in on two specific topics: common interest of hydrogen as a zero-carbon energy carrier in the Arctic and in Southeast Asia; and on the causality between climate change in the polar regions and the seal level rise in Singapore.

Presentations from the Arctic Hybrid Conference can be found here and recordings here .

 

The Science Week concluded with the webinar on maritime electrification.

Addressing the challenges of decarbonising the maritime and port sector in Singapore, Mr. Cheng Peng Tan, Executive Director at Singapore Maritime Institute set the agenda for the webinar.

Experts from SINTEF, NTNU, UiT, Singapore Institute of Technology, Nanyang Technological University and related companies engaged in presentations and discussions on vessel design, energy efficiency and battery charging for the maritime sector.

Presentations from the last day of the Science Week can be found here and recordings here and here.

 

During the Science Week, SINTEF Ocean and Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore signed the renewal of their agreement on research cooperation. Recording from SINTEF here and TCOMS here.