Copenhagen has Copenhagen Science City, London has the Knowledge Quarter and Boston has Kendall Square. Yesterday, Norway's first innovation district, Oslo Science City, was launched to the public.
Many cities have established innovation districts to stimulate the interaction between academia and business. And then excellent research is developed and thousands of jobs are developed, began a clearly happy Christine Wergeland Sørbye. She is the leader of what will be a unique partnership between some of Norway's leading knowledge institutions, business and Oslo municipality. The ambition is for Oslo Science City to develop from being Norway's most knowledge-dense area to becoming a world-leading innovation district.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg, City Councilor Raymond Johansen, UiO Rector Svein Stølen, Ferd owner Johan H. Andresen and other key business leaders attended the launch of Oslo Science City on Wednesday 19 August. SINTEF was represented by Executive Vice President Morten Dalsmo, who in his speech emphasized the role of business-oriented research in the major restructuring of Norway.
To the Prime Minister
Although our own figures and analyzes give reason for optimism, there are structural problems that we must take seriously. During the digital Arendal week last week, Abelia launched the Restructuring Barometer 2020. This year's barometer shows that Norway is weakened in several key areas for restructuring, including cutting-edge expertise, technology expertise, scope of the ICT sector and knowledge cooperation, said Morten Dalsmo and encouraged the Prime Minister to add facilitate good framework conditions so that knowledge building and business-oriented research give Norway more innovation.
The Prime Minister opened her speech by drawing the long lines and talking about people who are able to lead the way, think new and take chances to create development.
You do it here too, in Norway's first innovation district. I hope and believe that Oslo Science City will be the story of how the right competence, innovative power and venture capital merged, said the Prime Minister.
She also pointed out how the pandemic has had enormous consequences for both the Norwegian and international economy.
Norway's way out of the crisis is only through equipping ourselves even better for job creation and value creation, we will build a Norway that is greener, smarter and more sustainable. I believe that the ambitions you have presented today fit well into this picture, said the Prime Minister and added:
At the end of March, to meet the corona pandemic, we presented strong tools for research, development and innovation power in Norway. We have continued to do this through changes in the revised national budget and in the third phase package that we made before the summer. And we will continue. It is absolutely necessary, said Erna Solberg.
FACTS ABOUT OSLO SCIENCE CITY
What is Oslo Science City: Geographically, the area extends from Majorstuen via Marienlyst and Blindern to Gaustad and Ullevål stadium, as well as Campus Radiumhospitalet. In this area, there will be 30,000 students and 7,500 researchers, the country's best university, university hospital, world - class research institutes and over 300 companies.
This is Norway's most knowledge-intensive area, with great potential for innovation and new jobs in technology, health, life sciences, digitalisation, energy, mobility, climate, environment and sustainable solutions.