The second Norway-Singapore Science Week is planned for the first week of November 2021. As last year’s science week, it will take the form of a series of webinars covering four prioritized thematic areas of cooperation between Norwegian and Singaporean universities and research institutions. In addition to the thematic areas covered last year: Sustainable Urban Development/Smart Cities; Decarbonization and Ocean Technologies; we will look into Medical and Health Technologies this year.
The core cluster of universities and institutes constituting the Science Week include National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) from Singapore, and the University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the Arctic University of Norway (UiT) and SINTEF Ocean/SINTEF Community from Norway. In addition, the NSSW engages additional IHL (Institutes of higher learning), government agencies and companies to compliment the discussions on research cooperation to address relevant societal challenges, and to translate research outcome to commercial opportunities.
Although the pandemic has severely restricted student and faculty mobility and thus made initiation of research projects more difficult, we observe increasing interest in exploring and expanding collaboration across a wide number of areas:
- Aqua- and agriculture: from cage and land-based systems; via fish health and efficiency feed production to use of digital technologies; sensors and data analytics.
- Decarbonization: low-carbon energy carriers such as hydrogen and ammonia, carbon capture and utilization; zero-emission maritime and land transport
- Sustainable urban development: digital technologies – digital districts; zero-emission buildings and neighbourhood; smart mobility and circular resource management
- Ocean space: autonomous vessels; smart and green shipping; ocean energy from wind and solar
If you want to learn more about Science Week 2021, please get in touch with Dr Per Christer Lund, Science and Technology Counsellor at the Embassy/Innovation Norway.