Oslo Life Science – a catalyst for regional interaction and development

Not much can measure up to seeing the results of hard, purposeful work. Autumn 2015 was intense and motivating. UiO:Life Science was initiated with two important intermediate aims; we were to point out the strategy for the upcoming new building (I will get back to this), and we wanted to establish an important national meeting point for everybody who is interested in research, education, innovation, business and politics – with life science as the subject. The result was Oslo Life Science.

This year’s conference is held from February 15.-17., and the main theme is Building the Life Science City. To me this grand arrangement is an essential part of the commitment. Yes, excellent science is the main goal, but we also want the University of Oslo to be a strong driving force in bringing out the great knowledge potential/science potential in the region. This potential was the subject for a blog post (unfortunately only in Norwegian) before last year’s Arendalsuka.

To a much larger extent than today, UiO must function as a catalyst accommodating for the region’s total proficiency to play better together, be utilized and traded into growth - broadly defined. We must take advantage of the closeness to Oslo University Hospital, Helse Sør-Øst (the regional health enterprise) and Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).

We hope that students, scientists and delegates from business, bureaucracy and politics seize the opportunity. We hope for an open conference that illuminates and explores the possibilities within life science concerning excellent science, education and business in Oslo and Norway.

Oslo Life Science is brought to life in cooperation with Oslo University Hospital (OUS),  The Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry In Norway (LMI) and the City of Oslo. The Research Council of Norway (BIOTEK2021) is giving financial support. We appreciate the cooperation. We aim to be important to UiO, but not limited to UiO. Our expressed aim is to evolve the region as a leading knowledge-hub in life science – and we are on our way.

And while I, as Chair of the Board, was deeply involved in the opening conference, now I can calmly look forward to three exciting days in February - with interesting lectures in splendid surroundings. I am also looking forward to the reception in the Oslo City Hall February 16, where we can raise our glasses and celebrate what we have achieved until now.

You can sign up for the conference here.

PS! We are already looking towards the conference in 2018. While the profile this year is bio medicine, next year we will enlighten other facets of the interdisciplinary commitment UiO:Life Science.