PlagPART: A Norwegian-Russian-Chinese research and training network on the study of plague

About the project

PlagPART is a Norwegian-Russian-Chinese research and training network on the study of plague. The main objective of the project is to develop a highly visible international consortium under the leadership of the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), playing a central role in the training of PhD students in research on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases with an environmental reservoir, using plague as the focal model and study system. PI: Nils Chr. Stenseth.

The project received funding for 3 years (2016-2018) with a total budget of 4.5 million NOK. This will enable the project to organise the exchange of PhD students and researchers between Norway and Russia and China as well as to arrange workshops and guest lectures.

As part of this platform, joint papers of high international standards will be produced, the publication of which will further motivate the development and continuation of a long-term, international consortium.

The network, coordinated by CEES, involves the following main and associate partners:

  • Beijing Normal University, China
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Zhejiang University, China
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
  • Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology & Academy of Military Medical Science, China
  • Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China
  • State Research Center for Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Russia

In addition, the following key third-party partners are involved in the project, though not receiving funding from PlagPART:

  • National Center for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia, Georgia
  • National University of Mongolia, Department of Ecology, Mongolia
  • Republican Anti-Plague Station, Azerbaijan


This project is funded by INTPART (International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research), a collaboration between the SIU and the Research Council of Norway.

Tags: Ecology, Evolution, Plague, Infectious epidemic diseases, Training network, China, Russia
Published June 6, 2016 1:07 PM - Last modified Feb. 2, 2021 10:27 AM