Ingunn W. Jolma is the project manager for the new network "Young Bright Minds" - Photo: IRIS/Elisabeth Tønnessen
New project: Young Bright Minds
17.12.2015The main objective behind the Young Bright Minds initative is to establish a network to inspire young people to have faith in their own
ideas and research skills. We also want to give them professional support to further develop and implement good ideas on an interdisciplinary basis, says IRIS-researcher and project manager of the network, Ingunn Jolma.
The target group of the project is youth (13-21 years) in Rogaland who is passionate about a specific topic, who are curious and want to find the answer to a problem that has a technical surplus, and/or who wants to meet other young people with similar interest.
- We believe that young research talents can get the inspiration they need to develop into good researchers by giving them the belief that their input and ideas are valuable and useful. We want to provide them professional support and inspiration to undertake their own research projects at a young age, says Ingunn Jolma.Together with her in the project is Ida Holth Mathisen from IRIS Social Science and Mari Mæland from IRIS Environment. -To establish a network in which youth can meet regularly and be inspired by each other and by adult researchers is something that could lead to more young people looking for a career as researchers, they say.
This will be a network that is free to enter, and open to all interested young people between 13 and 21 years.
The IRIS project group, consisting of young researchers from all its research departments, will cooperate with the Petroleum Museum in Stavanger. They have established a so-called 'Newton-room' in which all 9th graders will visit during the school year.
IRIS recently, along with Greater Stavanger, University of Stavanger and SUS, initiated a European Pumps & Pipes network. This is a network that arose in Houston that works to bring together leading professionals and researchers in various disciplines (medicine, energy, aerospace and academia) to share ideas and explore new technology transfers across the disiplines.
One of the main pillars of Pumps & Pipes is to strengthen the education of young scientists. The creation of Young Bright Minds will therefore make an important contribution into the Pumps & Pipes network. It will give the young bright minds the opportunity to meet professionals, but also give professionals the opportunity to meet young people with great ideas that will carry the research further.