High-profile visit to PoreLab labs at UiO!

The French Minister of Higher Education and Research Sylvie Retailleau and the Ambassadress of France in Norway Florence Robine came to visit Njord and PoreLab laboratories at the University of Oslo on April 18th, 2024.

Photo from left to right: Professor Olivier Galland, Pro-Rector Åse Gornitzka, Minister of Higher Education and Research of France Sylvie Retailleau, French ambassadress in Norway Florence Robine, Director for Njord Francois Renard, Dr. Joanna Dziadkowiec

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss top research and collaborations between UiO and France.

Centre director François Renard presented groundbreaking research projects and collaborations with France. He highlighted several joint projects between Njord, PoreLab and French researchers, such as the ERC DIME and BREAK, the INTPART project COLOSSAL, the International Research Project D-FFRACT co-funded by the CNRS, and students training in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme.

Photo: Centre director François Renard

Researcher Marcel Moura had 15 minutes sharp to show them a couple of experiments on viscous fingering and steady-state flows. Marcel says: “I learned that both the minister and ambassadress have background in physics and the minister was rector of the University Paris-Sud. She had a bunch of questions and seemed pretty interested so this was good fun”.

Overall, the visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase the groundbreaking research and collaborations between Norway and France taking place at Njord and PoreLab.

Photos: Researcher Marcel Moura presents experiments on the complexity of flow in porous media