NTNU Approved as First Norwegian Partner in Climate-KIC

NTNU Approved as First Norwegian Partner in Climate-KIC


Introducing NTNU

Climate-KIC Nordic is pleased to announce that our first Norwegian partner has now been approved. This is the very first KIC collaboration in Norway. 

As part of Climate-KIC Nordic’s expansion strategy in 2015 we are in dialogue with three top academic institutions in Norway, Finland and Sweden. NTNU - The Norwegian University of Science and Technology is the first new partner to join this year.

NTNU is based in Trondheim and is the second largest university in Norway with 23 000 students and 5000 employees. As of 2016 NTNU will merge with three smaller Norwegian university colleges and will subsequently be Norway’s largest university with 37 000 students and 6500 employees. 

NTNU has a national responsibility for technology research and education in Norway and educates 85 % of the Master of Technology candidates and 90 % of the technology Ph.D. candidates in Norway. NTNU’s main profile is in technology and the sciences, but the university also encompasses social science, humanities, art, architecture and medicine.

Consequently, NTNU has special opportunities and a specific mandate from the Norwegian government to engage in cross-disciplinary research and education. This includes to a very large degree also the climate area where long-term university-wide strategic programmes are running. 

Key Areas of Expertise of NTNU – Smart Cities, Energy Systems and The Built Environment

Both Energy and Sustainability are key areas of expertise at NTNU, the cross-disciplinary strategic fields covering all the Climate KIC thematic platforms. NTNU is especially strong in the smart cities area, the energy efficiency field and in energy systems analyses – NTNU is hosting long-term national excellence centers and offers International Master’s and Ph.D. Programmes in these areas. 

NTNU is working on improving the built environment by developing competitive products and solutions for existing and new buildings. The goal is to achieve market penetration of buildings that have zero emissions of greenhouse gases related to material use, operation and demolition, with activities ranging from development of new materials e.g. nano insulation materials to realizing full scale demonstration buildings. For more details please visit The NTNU Centre for Zero Emission Building: www.zeb.no

With its broad scope of disciplines in technology and social sciences, NTNU is aptly fit to contribute to the emerging field of smart cities and communities in a creative and innovative manner, and help solve complex urban challenges involving energy, climate, environment, mobility, economy, planning processes and citizens on the road to a low-carbon society. Find out more about the Smart Cities Initiative at NTNU: www.ntnu.edu/smartcities

NTNU engage in the development of sustainable energy solutions and policy support for transitions of the energy system through studies of energy economics, energy systems analysis, energy policy, energy markets, innovation and commercialization, socialization and domestication, energy cultures, energy efficiency and public engagement. The NTNU Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies: www.ntnu.no/censes

NTNU and the Corporate World

NTNU has close collaboration with industrial partners and a strong emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. In the newly published U-Multirank NTNU received a top score of A on indicators such as external funding and cooperation with industrial partners. NTNU has for subsequent years also been one of the highest ranked institutions in the Leiden ranking of universities collaborating with industry.

The NTNU innovation ecosystem includes the NTNU Technology Transfer AS, on-campus incubator, the NTNU School of Entrepreneurship, the NTNU Entrepreneurship Center, the Norwegian Research School in Innovation, student’s initiatives such as Start NTNU and venture cups and regional triple helix cooperation. Approximately 20 spin-outs come out of NTNU every year. 

NTNU offers some 40 international master programmes especially suitable for international recruitment and international collaboration. Mandatory entrepreneurship courses are included in all master programmes.   

NTNU and Climate-KIC

NTNU is already involved in Climate-KIC activities as national coordinator for the ClimateLaunchpad competition. We are now moving ahead with activities in all areas with the newly appointed NTNU Climate-KIC Coordinator already liaising with the Leads of the Nordic office.

Susanne Pedersen, Director of Climate-KIC Nordic is very pleased to welcome NTNU as our first Norwegian partner:
“NTNU has since we initiated the dialogue shown utmost engagement and dedication – they have worked hard to establish an internal organization to handle Climate-KIC activities as efficiently as possible and we congratulate NTNU on their well-deserved success as the first partner to join this year. 

We see NTNU as a key partner in our endeavors to penetrate the national turf. In close cooperation with NTNU we have been determining our road map in Norway in terms of which industrial partners to invite into Climate-KIC.

Together with NTNU we are now pushing forward and strive to include one or two major cities with climate ambitious agendas in to the community as well as four to five corporate partners within the coming year. This will give added value to the existing and expanding Nordic network – and to Climate-KIC as a whole.”

For any further questions regarding NTNU as a new partner, please contact Nina or Irina.

Nina Sindre
Coordinator of International Affairs, Rector’s Office
Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU
Office: + 47 73 59 80 17
Mobile: + 47 908 65 688
www.ntnu.no  |  www.ntnu.edu

Irina Nystén
Partner Coordinator
Climate-KIC Nordic 
Office:  + 45 4525 1258
Mobile: + 45 9351 1250

What is Climate-KIC?

What is Climate-KIC?

Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change, consisting of dynamic companies, the best academic institutions and the public sector.

Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is an EU body whose mission is to create sustainable growth.