Making social relevance of education clearer to students is one of the ambitions BIO has through its own strategy and in bioCEED. We do this by connecting the workplace into our study programs, as lecturers and seminar participants, and with internships and projects related to management, NGOs and the private sector. In some cases, the industry is interested in research on specific issues, for example through linking master students to selected projects. This also provides exciting opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship, as the new integrated masters program in aquaculture and seafood intends to support (see nice article in today’s BT).
This is excellent, but it also requires a steady hand in the administrative handling. It is important that our academic staff have in mind that all cooperation between industry and the department must have an agreement or contract as the basis. In addition, one should consider whether it needs a non-disclosure agreement if the research group is working on projects for various companies or is working on internal innovation, where there is knowledge that one does not want to spread. In the master contracts, there is a possibility to specify rights issues in a separate Annex, if the master project is part of a partnership with the private sector. In all these cases, it is important that budgets are specified and quality assured so that it is clear what the commercial partner will pay for.
The ocean has been in focus also this week. Marineholmen as the hub of the marine cluster in Bergen is being increasingly realized. Mattilsynet (the Food Safety Authority) has decided to move into the new building of DNV GL, which opens in September, and earlier this week it became clear that Lerøy Seafood Group moves its headquarters to Marineholmen. On Wednesday June 8, World Oceans Day, our new neighbor, DNV GL, invited to a seminar on the Ocean Space where Jonas Gahr Støre called for increased efforts into the health of the oceans. It seems that we have a bipartisan consensus that the ocean is important!
Congratulations on SPIRE funds for Nils Kåre Birkeland and Vigdis Vandvik. SPIRE is the University’s Strategic Programme for research and educational cooperation, and is awarded to (1) international network and partnership cooperation, and (2) Visiting researcher funds. A useful addition to internationalization at BIO.