Haakon Crown Prince of Norway visited NTNU stand

“Havet – Norway Ocean Summit” was hosted earlier this week at the Oslo Opera House, gathering top leaders, decision makers, entrepreneurs and experts from companies and organizations vested in the ocean space. MarMine’s samples from the Mohn’s Ridge were on display – and gathered quite a bit of attention, notably from the H.R.H. The Crown Prince Håkon. The samples recovered from the 2016 MarMine cruise are currently undergoing analysis, but were brought to the summit as part NTNU’s official showcase, and presented by representatives from the NTNU Oceans Pilot Programme on Deep Sea Mining.

Kronprinsen besøkte Havet-konferansen 2018

Kronprinsen, statsministeren og hav-folk fra inn- og utland fikk siste nytt, inspirasjon og kunnskap på Havet-konferansen i Operaen. #havetkonf

Publisert av Havet Tirsdag 16. oktober 2018


Visit from CUPB

IGP’s Head of Department, Egil Tjåland, welcomed a delegation from the China University of Petroleum Bejing earlier today. Professor Zhang Laibin, President of CUPB, led the delegation. The visit was part of a larger trip to NTNU, including meetings with the Department of Marine Technology. The delegation has also met with NTNU’s leadership, and a memorandum of understanding has been signed between President Zhang and Bjarne Foss, Pro-Rector for Research at NTNU. CUPB is first-tier national university of China, and focuses on education and research within both traditional energy fields, and new outreach to sustainable and renewable energy. We look forward to increased cooperation between our two institutions.


Friday, 28th of september is Researchers`Night! The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum are participating with the coolest sandbox in Trondheim!


This is a “hands on” sandbox that combines 3D visualization with real sand. Sandbox allows users to create topography models by forming true sand, which is then enhanced in real time with a high-color map, topographic contour lines and simulated water.

The aim is show geographical, geological and hydrological concepts.

Photo: NTNU/Per Henning

Visit to Titania Mine

This week geology and geotechnology students at NTNU visited Titania AS to learn about mineral production in the subject TGB4227 Mineral Production, Basic Course. There they received a tour of the mine and mineral processing plant.

They also got a good introduction to how mining the ilmenite takes place, and learn about the challenges they face in the various stages of production.

The students were very pleased with the visit and now have a good starting point for the rest of the course and further studies.

9 students and Associate Professor Kurt Aasly participated in the tour 17-18 September.

Photo: Kurt Aasly

Head of Department Egil Tjåland interviewed by enerWE

Head of Department Egil Tjåland is interviewed by enerWE.


He commented on the recruitment to petroleum studies and the BRU21 program,  that will prepare multidisciplinary specialists in the corresponding areas to increase efficiency, safety and environmental care in all operations in oil and gas activities.


Øystein Lid Opsal has completed final PhD exams

Øystein Lid Opsal received his PhD degree on Thursday, June 14th after having passed his doctoral thesis “Geological Parameters and Shear Strength of Dry Tills from the Southern Half of Norway in Relation to Bedrock Geology.” The theme of the trial lecture was “On the effect of fine content and relative density of granular materials in landslide initiation and development on steep slopes” – a task he solved excellent. The new doctor has already started working at Sweco in Bergen.


A very satisfied Øystein Lid Opsal flanked by his two equally pleased supervisors. Main supervisor Terje Bargel to the left and co-supervisor Randi Kalskin Ramstad to the right (Photo: Private).

State Secretary Rebekka Borsch opens Porelab-Conference

Porelab Centre of Excellence

On June 1, PoreLab-Porus Media Labaratory -the Center for Excellence Research hosted a conference, with State Secretary Rebekka Borsch (V) as the opening speaker.

Borsch: “Congratulates the center with formal status as an Norgwegian Center for Excellence research – and good luck with very important work in the years to come”

The center combines methods from physics, chemistry, geology and geophysics, knowledge that, among other things, is useful for efficient recovery of oil or clean water in the drying areas.

SFF PoreLab is shared between NTNU and the University of Oslo (UiO

Highest Number of Geoscience Applicants to NTNU

Applicant numbers from The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service are now published. Bachelor in Geology at NTNU received the most first-choice applicants within geosciences. On the third place comes our Geotechnology-programme. The largest percentage increase (17%) in the number of applicants received Petroleum Sciences and Engineering at NTNU.

The head of department Egil Tjåland states the following: I am pleased that our study programs have an increase in applicants. We also see that for the first time since 2013 there is an increase in the number of petroleum science applicants.