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UiO’s new life science building, soon a reality


The Government will grant NOK 50 million for the new life science building at the University of Oslo from the 2018 national budget.

The total price tag for the building is expected to lie in the region of NOK 6.8 billion and it will be Norway’s largest research and education building. Researchers will work together across traditional disciplinary borders on some of the health and environmental challenges facing society. UiO researchers will also work more closely with health enterprises, local government and the private sector in order to achieve a higher degree of innovation from research that will benefit patients and society.

Earlier this fall, Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen visited UiO today with promises of a start-up grant for UiO’s new life science building. Both Røe Isaksen and UiO’s Rector, Svein Stølen, emphasised that it is not just the building which is important – its content and the meeting places which it will facilitate are equally important.

It has been the Government’s aim to develop a life science building in line with its Long-term plan for research and higher education. Thanks to this grant construction will now be able to commence in a couple of years’ time. The building and its equipment park will be a resource for the entire Oslo region, located at the heart of Oslo Life Science City.

Planned completion of the building is 2024.

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