Two world-leading research communities
The national budget for 2015 allocated NOK 31.2 million to the University of Oslo to develop more world-leading research communities. Two of the five selected belong to the Faculty of Social Sciences.
On Tuesday 23 June the University Board reached a decision on the top research communities to be showcased. The academic communities to be prioritized form part of the university’s interdisciplinary focus.
The funds shall be used for recruitment of leading international scientists in order to strengthen the university’s academic communities and its research.
The communities selected are from the fields of medicine, economics, materials science and nanotechnology, psychology and linguistics.
- I am impressed and proud of our research communities, said Dean Fanny Duckert after the announcement was made.
She has been personally engaged in the process of making sure the two communities get the recognition they deserve, both the research couple Anders Fjell and Kristine Walhovd as well as the economists working with Professor Kalle Moene at ESOP.
- Now it’s time to follow up the intentions of this special funding and recruit internationally leading researchers to further strengthen these Groups.
The two world-leading research communities
Lifespan changes in brain and cognition (LCBC)
The Oslo-based Research Group for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition has been named as a world-class research group. At the same time the group’s founders, Anders Fjell and Kristine Walhovd, have just received the Research Prize for 2015 awarded by the University of Oslo.
Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization, and Performance (ESOP)
Researchers at the Department of Economics will receive a million grant for excellent research quality. The funds are earmarked recruitment of international top researchers.