For more than a decade, researchers at the University of Minnesota have built connections and collaborated with peers across the Atlantic through the Norwegian Centennial Chair Program. Established in 2006, this multi-institution agreement brings together researchers from the University of Oslo and Norwegian University of Life Sciences with faculty at the University of Minnesota to collaborate on bioenergy, genomics and food safety research. All three institutions recently renewed their support of the collaboration which will continue the program for an additional four years.
“The Norwegian Centennial Chair is an incredible opportunity that not only helps our faculty exchange ideas and research with colleagues around the world, but also opens doors for our undergraduate and graduate students to further their research efforts,” says College of Biological Sciences Dean Valery Forbes. “I look forward to seeing what the next four years of this program bring us in these key areas of scientific research.”
Among the current research efforts supported by the Norwegian Centennial Chair Program, CBS-affiliated faculty members Tim Griffin (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics) Lincoln Potter (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics) and Daniel Bond (Plant and Microbial Biology) are currently taking part in research endeavors focused on areas ranging from antimicrobial resistance to cardiovascular disease. Future projects will continue building on key areas of scientific research including robotics and manufacturing to sustainable energy and global health.