COPPE ocean laboratory in Brazil - Photo: IRIS
IRIS-visit to Brazil
16.12.2015IRIS and UiS were represented both in the Norwegian government’s delegation and at the SINOS November conference in Brazil in November 2015.
In November, a large business delegation headed by Crown prince Haakon of Norway and minister of Trade and Industry, Monica Mæland, visited Brazil. As part of the delegation, The Ministry of Education and Research organised a program headed by the deputy minister Bjørn Haugstad. The main purpose was to increase the exchange between Norway and Brazil within education and research.
Ying Guo, Research director at IRIS IOR group, represented both IRIS and UiS in the Norwegian delegation who visited, among a number of institutions, PUC-Rio, Petrobras research centre, CENPES, PUC-Rio and UFRJ / COPPE (Albert Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering). The general impression of the visit is that there is a high level of education and research in Brazil thanks to the Petroleum industry and the tax incentives for education and research.
The deep offshore oil and gas industry has clearly benefitted from the research and the highly educated human resources. The Science without Boarders program has resulted in many Brazilian students abroad at international universities, also in Norway. There are also a number of Norwegian exchange students, for example from NTNU, NMBU, studying in Brazil, but the number could usefully have been higher.
The 3rd SINOS November conference was organised by Innovation Norway the week after, with participants from both the Norwegian and the Brazilian Research Council, Norwegian SINOS partners (SINTEF, NTNU, IRIS, IFE, SIMULAR) and Brazilian universities and innovation companies, totally approximately 150 participants. The 2-day conference was a very useful and important arena for the research councils to communicate the funding mechanisms, to exchange the experiences on the collaboration between Norway and Brazil in research and innovation, and to discuss the potential of new projects with new partners. The Norwegian and Brazilian research council announced the joint research program for 2016 within the areas of Subsea, IOR and Environment – see more details at forskningsradet.no.
The main topics discussed in the parallel sessions were IOR, Integrated Operation, Exploration, Environment and Multiphase flow. With the close relationship between Brazil and Norway and the common industries such as Oil & Gas, marine technology, fishery, biotechnology, this conference provides great opportunities for the future collaboration between these two countries.
Together with Ying Guo from IRIS Energy were also Steinar Sanni, IRIS Environment and UiS, and Leon Moodley and Thierry Baussant, IRIS Environment.