The move would open up the sharing of research competence between the institutions in a more systematic manner, said Nofima.
“Nofima is an important actor in research involving Norwegian food production,” said Rector Pål A. Pedersen at the University of Nordland. “For the University of Nordland our research fellows, particularly in the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, can gain academic and practical use from this agreement …
“… but we hope that in time our social scientists and economists can also be covered by this collaboration agreement with Nofima, which we have a strong belief in.”
Good professional relations
Nofima’s managing director, Øyvind Fylling-Jensen, said the partnership would promote good professional relations, which would be displayed through joint project applications and offers.
“Through this collaboration agreement, Nofima and the University of Nordland have a unique opportunity to utilize our advantages as research institutions in the best manner possible including infrastructure, knowledge base and our general ability concerning compatibility, not least when it comes to research questions of an interdisciplinary nature,” said Fylling-Jensen.
Nofima’s research departments are dedicated to areas such as processing technology, food safety and quality and raw materials and process optimization.
Projects the organisation is currently working on include several on high pressure processing, an analysis of how to cut food waste and research into optimizing Norwegian foods for an ageing population. The last project is scheduled to conclude this month.