“SFI LEO could be the next large-scale research program in our industry. We encourage our companies to take part in the process,” says Tom Fidjeland, CEO of GCE NODE.

SFI LEO is a potential Center for Research-based Innovation (SFI) for Life Extensions of Offshore Assets (LEO). On 26 April, the research partners behind SFI LEO invite industry partners to attend an innovation workshop in Kristiansand as part of an application process.

“SFI LEO will address some key issues for the offshore industries. If successful, it will lead to advances in offshore wind, oil and gas, aquaculture, and other industries. Findings will likely also affect some onshore industries,” says Fidjeland.

The University of Agder is an integral part of SFI LEO, together with the University in Stavanger, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and NORCE Norwegian Research Center.

“SFI LEO will build on our region’s leading position within the field of mechatronics. The former SFI – Offshore Mechatronics (2015-2023) – produced 10 PhDs, increasing the width and depth of competence in and around our industry. SFI LEO could add to this,” says Fidjeland.

The innovation workshop will be held at the Kristiansand campus of the University of Agder.

“Whether you work in offshore, marine, or maritime sectors, this is a unique opportunity to participate in a creative and knowledgeable forum. This will be a dynamic and interactive workshop where we can collectively shape the future of SFI LEO,” says Kjell Robbersmyr, Professor at the University of Agder.

Workshop agenda:

  1. Development of research and innovation challenges: Together, we will formulate the most relevant challenges for our user partners.
  2. Feedback on topics and approach: Share your thoughts and receive valuable input from fellow participants.
  3. Center organization and operation: Discuss how we can optimize the center’s structure and functioning.
  4. User partner recruitment: Join us in building a strong network of engaged partners.

Read more and sign up here!