Centres and focus areas

The MN Faculty hosts one Centre for Excellence in Education (SFU). The SFU title is obtained in strong competition and is assigned for a period of up to ten years, with a minimum of five years.

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 MN Faculty hosts one Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) and plays an active part in four Centres hosted by other institutions. The SFI title is assigned for a period of eight years.


The MN Faculty plays an active part in three Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME). The FME title is assigned for a period of eight years.


The MN Faculty hosts two Nordic Centres of Excellence (NCoE) and plays an active part in two Centres hosted by other institutions in the Nordic countries. Each NCoE is assigned for a period of five years and is financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The Faculty has in collaboration with the Departments appointed a number of research groups for Strategic focus groups. Each focus group has a vision and a research plan for a topic that represents central and important problems up for discussion in the research strategies of the Departments and the Faculty. The focus groups were appointed in 2007 for a period of five years. A few of the groups have been appointed at a later date.

The MN Faculty has defined four overlying topics as the Faculty’s Thematic  focus areas. Much of the research activity at the Faculty can be placed under these areas. Academically speaking, there is no significant gap between the topics, and many of the research activities enter into several of the focus areas at hand.

The numbers are in. 222 students have applied to the Data Science master program, 133 of them with the Data Science program at their first choice.

(Norwegian) UiO-forskere utvikler nye metoder for å gi deg bedre tjeneste basert på klikkene dine og oppførselen ellers på nett.

Successful data science requires a mixture of statistics, computer science and domain knowledge. In DataScience@UiO, we bridge the first of these gaps by bringing statisticians and computer scientists from the Factulty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences together, and the other by bringing in industry-heavy research centers such as BigInsight and SIRIUS. In this blog-post, I want to say something about why I believe SIRIUS has a very important role to play in the current and future data science engagement at the University of Oslo.

Professor Sir Adrian Smith of the Royal Society has been appointed Institute Director for the Alan Turing Institute.

On May 21--22, the Data Science Institute at the University of Manchester will host a conference on Advances in Data Science at the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester. Several experts have been confirmed as invited speakers.

Data Scientists are in high demand across Europe, and the University of Oslo is helping fill the gap. The Data Scientist Master's program opens in the autumn of 2018.

On the 31st of October, all BigInsight partners met at the offices of Skatteetaten to share recent developments and plans for the road ahead.

Honorary Doctors Sylvia Richardson and Ian Horrocks.

Ian Horrocks (University of Oxford) and Sylvia Richardson (Cambridge University) have received Honorary Doctorates at the University of Oslo. The two Honorary Doctors have close ties to SIRIUS and BigInsight respectively.

Almost 150 people gathered in Realfagsbiblioteket in the evening of Friday June 16th, celebrating several happy and exciting data science events at the University of Oslo.

Annual reports from the data oriented SFIs BigInsight and SIRIUS have been published on the centres' websites. Both centres have seen much promising activity during their respective first full calendar years of operation.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has, in collaboration with the rector, allocated 100 million NOK to increase the Faculty's innovation capacity and interaction with business and industry.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences finances a cluster of 1 postdoctoral and 3 PhD research fellowships – each of 4 years – within studies and development of thermoelectric materials for industrial applications.

The cluster is headed by professor Truls Norby, hosted by the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN), comprises interdisciplinary research and degrees at Department of Physics and Department of Chemistry, collaboration with other Norwegian research institutions such as SINTEF and NTNU.

The University of Oslo is building up a research community in Data Science. Four PhD positions are allocated to this new initiative, producing top research at the crossroad between statistics, machine learning, logic and computer science, with a specific focus on innovative uses of big data in their research projects. 

The four research and innovation positions will be associated with the Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) – a national centre for biotechnology research and innovation. Through a transdisciplinary approach, the center’s researchers combine experimental and computational methods. DLN is a virtual centre, managed by a joint leadership network from NTNU, University of Bergen and University of Oslo.