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Highlights of 2016

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SAFETY CULTURE, OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND ACCIDENTS IN NORWEGIAN AGRICULTURE

 Researchers at IRIS, in cooperation with the Norsk senter for Bygdeforskning/Centre for Rural Research, Norway in Trondheim and the Department of Occupational Medicine at St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, have studied studying the culture of safety in Norwegian agriculture. One of the results found is that nearly half (44%) of the farmers surveyed in the study worked more than 1,700 hours (more than one industrial FTE). 
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WORKING IMMIGRANTS’ INTERACTION WITH THE NORWAY SOCIAL WELFARE STATE

 In the PAR Migration Navigator project, the research team at IRIS collaborated with researchers from Gdansk and Warsaw concerning Polish labour migration to Rogaland. and how this affects family life. The researchers at IRIS have specifically studied the families’ interaction with various municipal services. 
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SPECIAL ISSUE IN EUROPEAN PLANNING STUDIES 1

 Innovation researchers at IRIS closely cooperate with international researchers and researchers at UiS, UiA, the Agder Research Institute and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, concerning regional innovation studies. With a foundation based on the VRI Project, these researchers have contributed a full 12 articles to the publication of a special issue of the European Planning Studies journal.
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SIGNIFICANT INTEREST IN THIS YEAR’S DRILLWELL SEMINAR 2016

 The annual DrillWell seminar held at the Sola Strand Hotel brought together more than 80 participants, thus setting a new record for participation. This was the first time the seminar was open to participants outside the Centre, who were able to experience two days full of interesting lectures in the field of drilling and well technology. 
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FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT WITH STATOIL

 In June 2016, IRIS and Statoil signed a framework agreement for research and development in the areas of energy, the biophysical environment, and the society. Both IRIS and Statoil expect the agreement to pave the way for increased joint cooperation and more joint projects. “We need to reduce the costs associated with launching new projects, and in areas such as automated drilling and plugging and abandonment of wells, it is quite natural that we utilise IRIS with their expertise in the area,” remarked Elisabeth B. Kvalheim, Chief Technology Officer at Statoil. 
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FOCUS ON DATA FOR DRILLING AUTOMATION

 In May, IRIS organised a seminar around the theme “data for drilling automation” where more than 50 participants from the industry, the academic word, and governmental agencies participated. John Macpherson (senior technical advisor) from Baker Hughes held a presentation on data ownership in drilling automation, and Eric Cayeux (Research Manager) from IRIS talked about challenges concerning the collection of data. 
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PHD STUDENT IRENE RINGEN RECEIVES THE FIRST SKJÆVELAND AWARD

 The Skjæveland Award was awarded for the first time during the annual IOR NORWAY conference held at the University of Stavanger campus in May. PhD student Irene Ringen at IRIS was the lucky recipient, for her presentation during the conference where she presented her research theme in a clear and easy-to-understand way. 
 
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IRIS COLLABORATION WITH MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM RESEARCH INSTITUTE RESEARCHERS FROM CALIFORNIA

 The MBARI Environmental Sampling Processor (ESP) was developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and is a monitoring instrument that can detect microscopic oil spills in salt water. This highly advanced instrument was tested for the first time in Europe at IRIS Environment’s laboratory in Mekjarvik during spring 2016.
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SUREAQUA - NORDIC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE WITHIN THE NORDIC BIOECONOMY PROGRAMME

 In December, IRIS was awarded approx. NOK 30 million to finance a new centre for research in bioeconomics, SUREAQUA - Nordic Centre of Excellence for Sustainable and Resilient Aquatic Production. The Centre will be headed by senior researcher Fiona Provan at IRIS Environment, and its goal is to acquire new knowledge about how we can stimulate and develop the transition to a society in the Nordic countries based on bioeconomics.
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BLUE GREEN SHIFT IN RISAVIKA

 In November, it became clear that the technology centre Risavika Gas Centre in Sola Municipality was to be reorganised, switching from gas technology to a national centre for biotechnology. Norwegian Shell sells the technology centre to the state company Siva for NOK 37 million. Siva leases the facilities to the IRIS company Biosentrum AS, which is responsible for its day-to-day operations. In the picture: Torkell Gjerstad, IRIS Forskningsinvest and Jan Soppeland, Shell.