Kyoto International Forum for Environment and Energy (KIFEE)

Kyoto International Forum for Environment and Energy (KIFEE)



KIFEE was created by the universities in the Kyoto region to develop an international arena for strategic cooperation between universities working to develop a sustainable society, inspired by the Kyoto Protocol.


When the Bilateral Agreement on Technological Cooperation between Japan and Norway was signed in May 2004, there was a desire to build up a long-term research cooperation that could serve as a basis for industrial cooperation. Because of the long-lasting and good relations between the universities in the Kyoto region, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norwegian universities were invited to participate in KIFEE.

Since the bilateral agreement involves interactive research between energy and materials to provide new solutions to build a sustainable future, it was decided to utilize KIFEE as platform and arena for the strategic research cooperation. The Research Council of Norway allocated funds for the development of this arena, and Innovation Norway made their invaluable network available for the project.

Other associated partners have been included; universities and research institutes both from Japan and Norway. University of Oslo, University of Bergen, IFE and SINTEF have become permanent partners from Norway.

The KIFEE concept has created a unique scientific network involving many universities, research institutes and enterprises in Japan. The basis for more extensive collaboration and co-operating projects has to a large extent been realized.

The activity for the period 2016-2018 has been supported by the Research Council of Norway through the Intpart grogramme (Grant 249797)


Contact information

Contact information

Leader group, Japan (LG-J)

Koji Amezawa, Tohoku University (Chair)

Takuya Goto, Doshisha University, (Secretary)

Leader group, Norway (LG-N)

Bjørn E. Christensen, NTNU (Chair)

Geir Martin Haarberg, NTNU (Co-chair/Secretary)

Complete list of KIFEE leader groups

13 Jan 2020

Honored with the King's Medal of Merit

Honored with the King's Medal of Merit


Arne Bredesen. Photo: Maren Agdestein/NTNU20 June, 2016 - Professor emeritus Arne Mathias Bredesen (72), the first leader on the Norwegian side and key person in developing KIFEE, was on 20 June 2016 awarded the great honor of the King's Medal of Merit (Norwegian: Kongens fortjenstmedalje) for his contributions to the energy and environment field.

All KIFEE friends and colleagues cordially congratulate.