SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT 10 YEARS IN 2013
Japan and Norway signed an agreement on cooperation in science and technology in 2003. The agreement was signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Yoriko Kawaguchi from the Japanese side and by Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. Ansgar Gabrielsen from the Norwegian side.
On the occasion of the 10 years anniversary of the bilateral science and technology agreement the first Japan-Norway Science Week was organized with a number of seminars, workshops, meetings and university and institute visits.
In Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for following up the agreement, with involvement from relevant ministries, including The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science & Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, etc.
In Norway the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Education and Research are jointly responsible for following up the agreement.
A Joint Committee consisting of responsible ministries and agencies are meeting regularly, usually bi-annually to discuss the progress of the cooperation activities. Last committee meeting was held in Tokyo in June 2012.
The cooperation has been given thematic priorities based on mutual interests in both countries:
- Energy and Environment Technology
- Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials
- Seafood Safety
- Polar and Space Science
Research cooperation activities have been on joint projects, joint workshops/seminars, co-authored articles/papers, joint use of research infrastructure and exchange of researchers and students.
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT TECHNOLOGY
There is a wide specter of collaboration activities in this area where two research networks have been particularly active: The “Kyoto International Forum for Environment and Energy” (KIFEE) and between National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), SINTEF and Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), all also members of KIFEE. Cooperation is typically within renewable energy technologies such as solar and offshore wind, hydrogen technologies, Carbon Capture and Storage, process engineering including heat pumps and on energy systems.
Being two marine nations, seafood and marine technology research collaboration has been ongoing for many years between a number of universities and institutes on both sides. Research areas have been focusing on:
- Food safety and food chain traceability within the mackerel food chain between Norway and Japan
- Toxicity of dietary mercury to cultured fish: implications for fish health, seafood safety and the influence of dietary selenium
- Sustainable seafood production and aquaculture
NANOTECHNOLOGY AND ADVANCED MATERIALS
There is considerable collaboration activity in this area and a great deal of research on materials is related to energy technology applications:
- Hydrogen embrittlement
- Advanced aluminum alloys
- Advanced inorganic materials for energy and electronic applications
- Advanced biological materials
POLAR AND SPACE SCIENCE
Research collaboration has long traditions, both in the Arctic as well as in the Antarctic, both bilaterally as well as through multilateral settings. Several MoUs have been signed between key parties over the years and bilateral workshops/seminars held both in Japan and Norway. Research areas of particular interest have been:
- Polar atmospheric research
- Arctic climate changes including ecosystem studies
Polar research infrastructure collaboration of particular importance:
Cooperation between the two countries also takes place within other multilateral frameworks and international research infrastructure:
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FOR RESEARCH AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Both countries have research and higher education agencies to promote international collaboration.
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