Deep sea mining in Japan

Ingrid Schjølberg, Steinar Løve Ellefmo and Patrick Reurink from NTNU were in Japan the first week of March to attend a special seminar on Norwegian activities on Deep Sea Mining at the Norwegian Embassy with the Ocean Mining Industry Promotion Round Table in Tokyo. Managing Director for the Research Institute of Ocean Economics, Hiroyuki Nakahara presented the latest on activities on deep sea mining in Japan, while the delegation presented the last within ocean research, deep sea mining activities and learning potential between the petroleum industry and the emerging deep sea mining industry.

During the trip the University of Tokyo with the Maki Laboratory of Underwater Platform Systems and JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology) were visited and collaboration discussed.


Alle photos: Steinar Løve Ellefmo

Visit from RWTH Aachen and TU Delft

Wednesday 22 March, the Department received the visit of the director Bernd Lottermoser and senior engineer Tobias Braun at the Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Possible establishment of Master in European Mining, Minerals and Environmental Programme (EMMEP) between RWTH Aachen, TU Delft and NTNU were discussed.

Picture: Prof. Rune Berg-Edland Larsen, Ass.Prof. Bjørn Eske Sørensen,  Senior Engineer Tobias Braun ( RWTH Aachen), Prof. Bernd Lottermoser (RWTH Achen), Prof. Suzanne McEnroe

Read more about EMMEP program here

Visit from Ambassador of India to Norway

Monday 20 March the Ambassador of India to Norway, Mr. Debraj Pradhan visited Trondheim and NTNU, including our department. Potential collaboration between Norway and India were discussed, and ongoing research work within marine mineral exploration, mineral processing and geophysics was presented.

In the picture: Professor Ståle E. Johansen, Head of department Egil Tjåland, Professor Hanumantha Rao Kota, His Excellence Mr. Debraj Pradhan, Honorary Consul of India Rita Kumar and Professor Martin Landrø. Research Coordinator Patrick Reurink also attended the meeting.

Visit from EMAS

Friday March 17th, the Department received visit from European Microbeam Analysis Society (EMAS), which examined the possibility of arranging EMAS meeting in Trondheim in 2019. We had a nice discussion, and presented EM lab we have in collaboration with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The meeting is also highly relevant for our third partner in mineral characterization probing CAMOC, NGU.


We hope to be chosen as a host!

Read more about EMAS here

Our department is partner in a new Norwegian Centre of Excellence

The Research Council decided yesterday on 10 new Norwegian Centres of Excellence (SFF). One of these is Porous Media Laboratory at NTNU, where our department is research partner and Professor Ole Torsæter is in the team that have developed the project proposal. Professor Alex Hansen at Department of Physics is Centre Leader. As many as 120 applications were sent to the Research Council in round 1. These were reduced to 34 for the second round, and finally 10 were granted status as SFF yesterday.  The centres will be funded for 10 years and have focus on basic research related to flow in porous media, with emphasis on Ph.D. and Post doc researchers and extensive international collaboration. Congratulations Alex and Ole!