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    A scientific paper on the coronavirus crisis and tourism written by Stefan Gössling at Western Norway Research Institute, has reached an all-time high of 43,000 downloads in a period of only 6 weeks. The level of interest exceeds anything the Journal of Sustainable Tourism has seen before.

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    "I am obviously quite absorbed", Svein Ølnes admits. For about a decade, most of the ICT researcher's time has been filled with Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency.

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    The world was at a tipping point in several ways even before coronavirus – so where do we go from here? Author and professor Dag O. Hessen will be one of the main speakers at this year's #Klimaomstilling, co-organised by Western Norway Research Institute, which will take place online on 23 September 2020.

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    If people in Norway and other European countries are asked not to travel abroad this summer, we risk risk inflicting far greater damage than the pandemic itself, says Stefan Gössling, Research Coordinator in tourism at Western Norway Research Institute.

  • International

    In order to best achieve the goals of our project, we have established an International Reference Group (IRG) and invited experts from different countries and institutions to join. The group involves high-level experts and organizations with advanced knowledge of climate change vulnerability assessments and adaptation in various decision-making contexts.

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    Gender imbalance is a key issue in the ICT research of Western Norway Research Institute. In a recent report, two researchers gather all available statistics on the participation of women in the ICT sector, which is expected to see rapid expansion in coming years. – We aim to fill the identified knowledge gaps through qualitative research, says Hilde G. Corneliussen.

  • Foto Technoport 2020

    Noradapt, a national research centre for climate change adaptation led by Western Norway Research Institute, was intended to contribute to this year's Technoport conference. The event brings more than 700 participants together to address how deep technology can help us build a more climate resilient society. Unfortunately, the conference was cancelled to prevent the spread of the corona virus in Norway.

  • Skisse av "Framtidas hyttegrend"

    Adhering to the principles of sustainability means that new mountain cabins should be energy and area efficient. How this may be solved has been addressed by architects, cabin developers, construction experts, and researchers in a research and development project seeking to plan mountain cabins for the future.

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    Research collaboration with Indian researchers may soon be a reality for Western Norway Research Institute, following the institute’s recent participation on an official, Norwegian delegation visit to India. One of the institute’s IT researchers, professor Rajendra Akerkar, travelled to New Delhi and Chennai in February, making new academic contacts.

  • Foto av Anna Maria Urbaniak-Brekke

    Anna Maria Urbaniak-Brekke recently accepted a permanent position at Western Norway Research Institute, following to years of employment, as part of the institute's plan to step up tourism research as well as internationalisation. Anna Maria is hoping to make use of the full range of her previous research and studies, and looks forward to coordinating international research projects.

  • Foto frå utstillinga Grüne Woche i Berlin i januar 2020.

    Western Norway Research Institute visited the International Green Week in Berlin as part of a regional study tour. In an ongoing process to establish a business cluster in the intersection between local food, outdoor activities, and tourism, the institute finds a role in research-based innovation and knowledge-building.

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    Otto Andersen, who worked as a researcher at Western Norway Research Institute, died on 28 December 2019 following a short period of illness.

  • Foto frå vegstenging i Jølster

    Norway's major roads face regular closures as a result of flooding, mud slides and similar incidents that are expected to occur more frequently because of climate change. A new study carried out by Vestlandsforsking and Menon Economics for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, indicates that unless a large-scale preventive effort is launched, the number of incidents and closures is going to increase dramatically in the coming decades.

  • Portrett Torbjørn Selseng

    No more than five months into his trainee year, Torbjørn Selseng was offered a permanent position as a researcher at Western Norway Research Institute. – I thoroughly enjoy working as a researcher, says Torbjørn.

  • Modellbilde av ViteMeir

    Vestlandforsking has assembled a working group of researchers who will contribute to the development of subject content at the new science center ViteMeir at Kaupanger.
    - The researchers here work on many topics that are both highly relevant and suitable for installations and practical experiences with ViteMeir, says Anders-Johan Almås, CEO.

  • Fem personer samtaler rundt et bord

    When the world-leading energy researcher Professor Benjamin Sovacool was appointed by Western Research, according to the research leader, it was as great as if Sogndal football had signed Ronaldo. This week saw the younger researchers in particular benefit from Sovacool's unique experience as a writer and publisher. They are very satisfied.

  • Konferansedeltakarar ser på skjerm

    175 schoolchildren from all over the county received many answers when IT-forum invited a conference in Loen on November 12-13. Can a good digital study technique eliminate or marginalize different learning difficulties? How can technology increase inclusion? How can a physical adventure game combining elements from the computer game world and the reality offer both an educational and exciting experience?

  • Unchain map partners

    A new method makes it easier to analyze climate risk together with people from the local communities and to find measures that can reduce the risk. Western Norway Research Institute will lead an EU project where local knowledge and residents are also invited to participate in the analysis work.

  • Axis

    The UNCHAIN project was presented at a start-up meeting for all projects which have received funding from the latest ERANET AXIS call.

  • Menneske saman i konferanserom

    Climate change makes it more difficult to grow food in large parts of the world, forcing farmers to adapt to new weather patterns. This is a common case for the Development Fund and Noradapt, as a recent meeting test with Vestlandsforsking to become better acquainted and consider future cooperation.