State secretary opened new office building for the Nansen-Zhu Centre

- We are indeed impressed and happy to see that the Nansen-Zhu Centre has developed into a strong, internationally recognized climate center, Norwegian state secretary Rebekka Borsch stated. She was the responsible for the official opening of the Nansen-Zhu International Research Centre's (NZC) new office building in Beijing yesterday afternoon. This happened in connection with the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Center and Norwegian-Chinese research collaboration this week.

State secretary Rebekka Borsch: opened Nansen-Zhu CentreState secretary Rebekka Borsch: opened Nansen-Zhu Centre

The staff at the center and representatives from the Norwegian and Chinese partners (IAP / CAS, The Nansen Center in Bergen, University of Bergen, NORCE (former Uni Research) Peking University, Nanjing University) were gathered for the official opening of state secretary Borsch. As a representative on behalf of the Norwegian government, she conducted the solemn opening of the Nansen-Zhu International Research Center (NZC) new office building in Beijing yesterday afternoon. NZC was officially opened in 2003 by former environmental minister Børge Brende.

State secretary Borsch highlighted several features of the NZC`s success during these 15 years. - Since 2003 we have witnessed 272 visits and an impressive number of scientific papers and candidates, she said and listed:

  • 272 visits (106 China to Norway, 166 Norway to China),
  • 8 summer schools
  • 739 Peer reviewed Publications (529 SCI-indexed)
  • 73 PhD students graduated
  • 21 MsC students graduated

In addition to this the state secretary stated that there are already documented significant societal impact from this activity in the sense that the Nansen-Zhu Centre delivers research results to the National Climate Center for improving the climate prediction in China. - The Nansen-Zhu Centre's research results are also used by decision makers. These are truly impressive numbers and I take this opportunity to congratulate the partners with these achievements. The above-mentioned results may be labelled “direct return of investments”, Borsch said.

The representative from the Norwegian government also emphasized the importance of the bilateral collaboration through NZC fosters other qualities. The state secretary pointed out:

  • Personal friendship, trust, respect, 
  • Exchange of experience and ideas
  • Sharing of data, methods and results
  • Identification of common research challenges
  • Academic debate, mutual understanding of each other’s cultures

Anniversary speech to the NZC and the partners: Held by state secretary Rebekka BorschAnniversary speech to the NZC and the partners: Held by state secretary Rebekka Borsch

- These qualities bring up other dimensions and effects of bilateral science collaboration. Difficult to measure, but definitely extremely important. I am sure these qualities have strongly contributed to the fact that the Nansen-Zhu Centre continued with a strong and active collaboration through difficult political times, Borsch said.

The state secretary also acknowledged the Institute for Academic Physics (IAP), for the hospitality and generosity they have shown – as well as for the economic efforts, infrastructure and premises provided that have been absolutely essential for the center. - On the Norwegian side we will do our best to follow up, and we will stay in close contact/dialogue with the Norwegian partners to secure that, Borsch stated. 

In the end of her speech wished the best of luck with the upcoming anniversary program and its exciting program that covers a broad range of topics in natural climate sciences. - As you already have proven, this is very important research which benefit our two countries, Rebekka Borsch said.

After the state secretary´s speech, she unveiled the nameplate of the Nansen-Zhu International Research Center at the entrance to their office building. Afterwards she got a tour of the building before she finally signed an anniversary book.

State secretary Rebekka Borsch: signing anniversary bookState secretary Rebekka Borsch: signing anniversary book