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IRIS - International Research Institute of Stavanger - is a recognised research institute with high focus on applied research, equally owned by the University of Stavanger and the regional foundation Rogalandsforskning. IRIS was established in 2006, as a result of a technical re-structuring of the ownership of Rogaland Research.

Rogaland Research was established in 1973, and the continuation of its activities in IRIS provides IRIS with a long and proud history right from the start. Research activities started in the area of social science, but quickly developed to include petroleum.

Today IRIS remains an independent research institute with research and research-related activities in petroleum, new energy, marine environment, biotechnology and social science and business development.


By challenging the known and exploring the unknown, obtain a position among the three most recognised international research institutes within dedicated areas by the year 2020.


  • 210 employees of 25 different nationalities, teaming up with scientific personnel at UiS make a combined team of 750 scientists
  • Head office in Stavanger, branch offices in Bergen, Mekjarvik and Oslo
  • Emphasis on applied research and commercialisation of research results
  • Unique laboratory and full scale testing facilities at Ullrigg Drilling & Well Centre
  • Unique state-of-the-art ecotoxicological research facilities
  • An HSE philiosophy of zero accidents and certified in accordance with NS-EN-ISO 9001:2000 and NS-EN ISO 14001:2004



  • Ambition and routines to deliver work of high quality and relevance while maintaining a strong interaction with our customers
  • Professional conduct
  • High attention to sensitive information (internal and external)
  • Continuous improvement

Influence and responsibility
  • Delegation of authority
  • Good communication, openness, clear feedback
  • Flexibility
  • Well being, inclusive, creativity, enthusiasm
  • Guidance, support and fostering

Ability to act and deliver
  • Legitimate and transparent processes
  • Make decisions
  • Project delivery at the right time and of high quality
  • Dedicated loyal team work


›  Automated drilling
›  Improved oil recovery
›  Integrated marine environmental monitoring


IRIS presents a dynamic research environment in three research departments:

›  Energy
›  Environment
›  Social Science
+47 51 87 50 00
+47 51 87 52 00

General email address:

P.O. Box 8046, N-4068 Stavanger, Norway
Prof. Olav Hanssensvei 15, 4021 Stavanger

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