Norwegian Research Center (NORCE)

Agderforskning AS, Christian Michelsen Research AS, International Research Institute of Stavanger AS, Teknova AS and Uni Research AS are merging into the new research institute NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS this autumn.

NORCE will be one of Norway's largest independent research institutes, with 700 employees, 1 500 projects, an annual turnover of approx NOK 900 million, and some 500 scientific publications per year. 

If we include NORCE's subsidiaries, the group has 800 employees from around the world. The group's knowledge is represented in several countries, and its turnover is over NOK 1 billion.

We deliver research and innovation in energy, health, climate, environment, society and technology. Our solutions address key challenges for society and contribute to value creation on the local, national and global levels.

All employees are transferred to the new company. In this way, the professional expertise and focus areas will remain the same.

NORCE's main office is in Bergen, and the group has a strong presence in Haugesund, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Grimstad and Oslo.

NORCE is owned by the University of Bergen, with 51% of the shares and Stavanger Research Holding AS (owned by the Rogalandsforskning Foundation and the University of Stavanger), Agder Research Holding AS (owned by the University of Agder et al.) and other researchers in research and business with smaller owners.Existing contracts with the merging companies will be transferred to the new company.

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Larsen has experience covering unicellular eukaryotes, prokaryotes and virus, and integrates field and experimental studies of the marine pelagic community. She is one of the two PI’s of MicroPolar and member of the Molecular Ecology Research Group at UniResearch which, in addition to basic marine research involved in applied marine research related to environmental monitoring, and use of alternative marine resources. The group employs traditional taxonomical and ecological methods, in a novel combination with metabarcoding and metagenomics for biodiversity, trophic interaction and ecosystem state assessments. Larsen will contribute with data from MicroPolar and integrating these results with TaxMArc data.