CEES beyond 2017

Statement from the Chair of CEES

As you may know, Norwegian national Centres of Excellence (CoE) are established for a period of 10 years. CEES is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as a CoE this year, and this also means that CEES will no longer be a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway as of the 1st of October, 2017. However, CEES will continue to exist.
 
On March 9th, 2017, the Board of the Department of Biosciences decided that CEES should continue as a Centre and as an official unit at IBV for another 5 years.
On March 13th, 2017, the CEES Board expressed great pleasure in this decision. The CEES Board also discussed the evaluation from the CEES Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), and made the following statement: “The Board fully supports the SAB's informative and extremely positive evaluation (pdf) of CEES as a key player internationally in the life sciences, and believes an extension of these activities, and the working environment, to be extremely important. The Board therefore fully supports the resolution proposed in the thorough report of the Working Group (pdf, start at pdf-page 16) for the phasing in of Centre of Excellence CEES at the Biosciences Department. […] The Board would also like to point out that good local administrative support will be essential for efficient continued operation.” In other words, the CEES Board is dedicated to securing the further existence of CEES in more or less its present form.
 
On May 26th and 27th, 2017, the CEES SAB had a specially convened meeting with the aim of making recommendations as to how to best continue CEES.
 
Our Centre is getting more and more recognised internationally; CEES has become a trademark. I will personally, together with our many allies, do whatever I can to develop a good future for CEES and its staff and I am indeed very optimistic in that respect.
 
Nils Chr. Stenseth
Chair of CEES
(Updated 30th May 2017)
Published Apr. 7, 2017 2:02 PM - Last modified May 30, 2017 12:44 PM