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Strategy and goals


  • Maintain and develop a world leading cross-disciplinary research center in physical sciences at UiO with focus on a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of fluid-solid systems with Earth-like complexity.
  • Build the next generation of computational competences and experimental laboratory facilities for the study of processes in fluid-rock / fluid porous-media systems in 4D from molecular to field scales.
  • Provide a unique basis for making predictions relevant for CO2-sequestration, exploration and exploitation of natural resources, transport of contaminants in geo-systems, avalanches, landslides, and other geohazards.
  • Generate an outstanding environment for research-based education at the Masters and PhD levels.
  • Make complex Earth systems visible in the public sphere.
  • Submit one successful ERC Advanced or Synergy grant and one ERC Startup or Consolidator grants within the first 5 year period, and establish a new CoE with a NJORD PI within the next 10 years.

Research strategyRock face in dry area.

  • To create an interactive co-localized organization of geoscientist and physicists conducting field geology, theory, numerical modeling and experiments in concert
  • Be an active and often leading partner in international Collaborations
  • Participate in international projects (IODP, ICDP, Inter-Reg MAXIVESSFUN) and be a user of large-scale national and international facilities where Norway is a partner (ESRF, ESS, IFE, IOR).

Education strategy

  • Research based education – learning by doing. Close collaboration with the Center for Computation in Science Education directed by Anders MaltheSørenssen.
  • NJORD staff members will normally participate in the education at all levels at 3 their respective Departments with the normal workload associated with teaching at UiO. Exceptions may apply to staff involved in CoE’s and staff in leading roles. Impact through outreach and innovation
  • Collaborations with leading artists, including composer Natasha Barrett and visual artist Ellen Karin Mæhlum, to produce joint exhibits and hosting artists in our laboratories.
  • Frequent presence in the media.
  • Extend existing collaborations with the private sector (Statoil, Total, VBPR, IRIS) through joint participations in research projects. • Provide competences and resources to develop the Physical Sciences at UiO in the future.
Published Dec. 14, 2018 11:40 AM - Last modified July 4, 2019 10:50 AM