This event took place on the 4th of May 2015 and celebrated the culmination of a process that started in 2010 with the goal of establishing a National Norwegian NMR Platform (NNP) which would provide support for a wide variety of NMR-related sciences in Norway. The UiO with its eight superconducting magnets is one of the NNP nodes. NNP is funded by the Research Council of Norway and led to the installation of both a new Avance HDIII 400MHz and a new Avance HDIII Ascend 800MHz at UiO.
The event highlighted current science at the NNP nodes: the University of Bergen (UiB), the Norwegian University of Sciences and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Oslo (UiO). It included several presentations discussing current and new capabilities offered by the NNP infrastructure. In addition, the participants had the opportunity to visit the NMR-Center.
The UiO NMR-Center has existed since 1966 and has grown from its deep roots in organic chemistry to become a multi science center. The Center is an important part of the section for organic chemistry, and is serving many private companies in addition to providing NMR capability for the whole UiO institution as well as the Oslo University Hospital. Many external institutions are associated with the NMR-Center exemplified by the National Veterinary Institute (NVI) and the National Criminal Investigation Service (KRIPOS).
Ribbon-cut by Dr. Erics Kupce and Professor Frode Rise
The Norwegian NMR platform (NNP) was officially launched on the 16th of June 2016 in Bergen. The event was chaired by Manager Jarl Underhaug at Vilvite. Vice-Rector Anne Lise Fimreite and Vice-dean Eyvind Rødahl from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry gave some introduction words as well. Additionally, several national and international speakers participated on the event: Professor Angela Gronenborn, from the University of Pittsburgh; Professor Stefano Ciurli, from the University of Bologna; Reiner Kümmerle, President of Bruker BioSpin; Professor Bjørn Pedersen from University of Oslo; and Professor Finn Aachmann from NTNU Trondheim. They covered several aspects showing the great capabilities that NNP will offer to both modern research and industry.
After the round of exciting presentations, the audience visited the NNP-building that houses the Bruker Ascend HDIII 850MHz-spectrometer. After the ribbon-cutting, the audience celebrated the starting of the NNP by tasting specially designed cakes for the occasion and drinking sparkling wine.
Manager Jarl Underhaug is presenting the event at Vilvite.
At the new NMR lab in the NNP-building. From left to right: Prof. Angela Gronenborn, Prof. Aurora Martínez, Prof. Øyvind Halskau, NNP-manager Jarl Underhaug, and Vice-Rector Anne Lise Fimreite.
Ribbon-cutting at the NNP building. From left to right: NNP-Manager Jarl Underhaug, Dean of MATNAT, Helge K. Dahle, and Vice-Rector Anne Lise Fimreite.
The NT-NMR center at NTNU, which is one of the nodes of NNP, was recently renovated and its opening took place on the 10th of December 2015. The event was presented by Prof. Finn L. Aachmann, and Dean Anne Borg opened the center. Additionally, several invited speakers participated on the event, such as Prof. Norbert Muller from the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria; Prof. Hideo Iwai from the University of Helsinki, Finland; Prof. Christopher Owen Miles from the University of Oslo, Norway; and Dr. Manfred Spraul from Bruker Biospin, Germany. They covered different topics within NMR spectroscopy, providing inspiration for what the new equipment may be used for.
The NT-NMR at NTNU is one of the key nodes of the NNP and houses four NMR spectrometers, including the Bruker Ascend HDIII 800 MHz instrument.
Information about the event in Norwegian.