Norwegian centres of excellence
The MN Faculty hosts five Norwegian Centres of Excellence (SFF) of which one is split between the Universities of Oslo and Tromsø. The MN Faculty also plays an active part in eight SFF hosted by other faculties at University of Oslo or other institutions. The SFF title is obtained in strong competition and is assigned for a period of up to ten years, with a minimum of five years.
The Research Council of Norway has initiated a Centres of Excellence (CoE) scheme with the intention of bringing more Norwegian researchers and research groups up to a high international standard. The centres are affiliated with Norway's top universities and premier independent research institutes.
SFF hosted by the MN Faculty:
Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics
The Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics is hosted by the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Oslo. The centre aims to understand how the Earths closest star actually works. Mats Carlsson is directing the centre, which is expected to start during Autumn of 2017.
Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences
The centre aims to give important contributions to the understanding of the biology, chemistry and physics of the molecules. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Oslo is hosting the centre. The Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences is expected to start during the Autumn of 2017.
The Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics
The Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) is hosted by the Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo, Norway. CEED aims to explore the mechanisms that link volcanism and near-surface deformation with deep Earth processes. CEED was established in 2013 and is directed by Professor Trond Torsvik.
SFF with participants from the MN Faculty:
Centre for Cancer Cell Reprogramming
The research centre is located at the Oslo University Hospital and the aim is to reprogram cancer cells in order to make ways for new kinds of cancer treatment. Centre for Cancer Cell Reprogramming is directed Harald Stenmark.
Developing an integrated open access organ on chip platform for drug discovery
The centre is developing a new technology which aims to make a new understanding of the organs of the body and how different types of treatments work. Developing an integrated open access organ on chip platform for drug discovery is located at the Faculty of Medicine and is directed by Stefan Krauss.
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion
Rythm is essential when we walk, dance and play, tell stories or we are trying to predict the future. Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion is located at the Department of Musicology. The centre is directed by Anne Danielsen and Alexander Jensenius.
Centre for Immune Regulation
Centre for Immune Regulation (CIR) is a research centre located at the University of Oslo and the Oslo University Hospital. The scientific goal of the centre is to identify mechanisms of immune dysregulation that contribute to autoimmune disease and allergy. CIR was established in 2007 and is directed by Professor Ludvig M. Sollid.
Centre for cancer biomedicine
Centre for cancer biomedicine (CCB) at University of Oslo aims towards a better understanding of the complex dynamics of cancer evolution, more accurate prediction of cancer prognosis and response to treatment, more powerful molecular based treatment – for the future benefit of the individual cancer patient. CCB was established in 2007 and is directed by Professor Harald A. Stenmark.
Centre for Biomedical Computing
Centre for Biomedical Computing (CBC) at Simula Research Laboratoryaims to develop and apply novel simulation technologies to reach new understanding of complex physical processes affecting human health. The center target selected medical problems where insight from mathematical modeling can contribute to changing clinical practice. CBC was established in 2007 and is directed by Professor Hans Petter Langtangen.
Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis
Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) integrates interdisciplinary scientific fields to study ecological and evolutionary processes. Understanding how living organisms respond and adapt to environmental changes remains a major and urgent scientific challenge. CEES was established in 2007 and completed in 2017. The centre was directed by Professor Nils Christian Stenseth.
Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (CTCC) is split between the Universities of Oslo and Tromsø. CTCC aims at being an internationally reknown contributor to the development and application of quantum-mechanical modeling in chemistry and materials science. CTCC was established in 2007 and completed in 2017. The Oslo-part was directed by Professor Trygve Helgaker.
Physics of Geological Processes
Physics of Geological Processes (PGP) was hosted by the MN Faculty at the University of Oslo. It was a cross-disciplinary research centre, involving numerous physicists and Earth scientists. The objective of PGP was to obtain a fundamental and quantitative understanding of the complex patterns and processes of the earth. PGP was established in 2003 and completed in 2013. The centre was directed by Professor Bjørn Jamtveit.
Centre of Mathematics for Applications
Centre of Mathematics for Applications (CMA) was hosted by the MN Faculty at the University of Oslo. It was a cross-disciplinary research centre, involving mathematicians and computer scientists, but also scientists in physics, astronomy and economy. A main principal of CMA was that ground-breaking research depends on strong links between theory and applications. Classical theorists and numerical analysts with a strong commitment to theory were merged in the centre, the main focus being on topics which can lead to the future development of computational mathematics. CMA was established in 2003 and completed in 2013. It was directed by Professor Ragnar Winther.
International Centre of Geohazards
International Centre of Geohazards (ICG) was hosted by Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI). ICG carried out research on the assessment, prevention and mitigation of geohazards, including risk of landslide in soil and rock due to rainfall, flooding, earthquakes and human intervention, and the geological risks in deep waters, especially underwater slides. ICG was established in 2003 and completed in 2013. The centre was directed by senior scientist Farrokh Nadim.
Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience
Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience (CMBN) was a research centre located at the University of Oslo and Rikshospitalet, Oslo University Hospital. CMBN aimed to take on a leading role in elucidating the role of DNA repair and genome maintenance mechanisms in preventing neurological disease and brain ageing. CMBN was established in 2003 and completed in 2013. It was directed by Professor Tone Tønjum.