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Romanian delegation visits SINTEF

On Thursday November 3, SINTEF was visited by a Romanian delegation led by State Secretary Anton Anton, who is in charge of Romania’s research sector.

From the left: Dr. Liviu Jalba of Microelectrica S.A., general director Ionel Andrei of the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research, State Secretary Anton Anton of the Ministry of Education and Research, vice president research Ernst H. Kristiansen and senior scientist Ovidiu Vermesan. Dag Ausen and Anders Stølan were not present when the photo was taken.

The other members of the delegation included Anamaria Almasen, Romania’s acting ambassador to Norway, Ionel Andrei, head of the Department for European Programmes in the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research, and Dr. Liviu Jalba, manager of Microelectrica S.A.

On SINTEF’s side of the table sat vice president research Ernst H. Kristiansen, senior scientist Ovidiu Vermesan, senior adviser Dag Ausen and research director Andres Stølan.

The background for the visit is that Microelectrica and SINTEF are participants of the EU-funded HASTAC project. At the project steering committee meeting in Bucharest earlier this autumn, research in Romania was presented and discussed. Following this discussion, Ernst Kristiansen invited representatives of Romania’s R & D authorities to visit Norway and SINTEF in order to study how SINTEF and the Norwegian authorities organise R & D in this country.

The meeting commenced with a presentation of SINTEF and of how we operate, continuing with a presentation of our internationalisation strategy by Anders Stølan of SINTEF’s Department of International Operations. The visit was rounded off with a visit to MiNaLab.

As the host institution, SINTEF took the delegation on visits to the Research Council of Norway and the Ministry of Trade and Industry in order to offer its members an integrated view of industrially oriented research in Norway.

Text and photo: Jan Helstad