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Centres of Excellence

There are ten Centres of Excellence (SFF) at the University of Oslo (UiO). Our research groups have been given the SFF-title for a period of ten years, and UiO's first three SFFs were established in 2003.

The Research Council of Norway has initiated a Centres of Excellence (SFF) scheme with the intention to establish time-limited research centres characterised by focused, long-term research efforts of a high international calibre, and where researcher training is an important aspect. High scientific quality is the main criterion for the selection of the centres.

There have been three SFF-calls: The first (SFF I) in 2002/3 - 13 centres were established all through Norway, UiO were granted 3 centres. The second call was in 2007 (SFF II) and 8 centres were established - 5 of which were awarded to UiO. And the third call (SFF III) resulted in 13 new centres, 4 were established at UiO.

MultiLing – Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (SFF III)

Today’s global mobility and technological advancements lead to increased cultural and linguistic flows and exchanges. MultiLing will generate state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on the linguistic consequences of globalization.The Center’s vision is to contribute to how society can deal with the opportunities and challenges of multilingualism through increased knowledge, promoting agency for individuals in society, and a better quality of life, no matter what linguistic and social background. MultiLing is led by Elizabeth Lanza.


At NORMENT we strive to find answers to why some people develop perceptual disturbances, delusions, deep depressions or elated, manic phases. NORMENT is led by Ole A. Andreassen.


The primary research objective of PluriCourts is to analyze and assess the legitimate present and future roles of the cascade of international courts and tribunals (ICTs) - an emerging global judiciary – in the international and domestic order. The centre is led by Andreas Føllesdal.

Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (SFF III)

Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) aims to explore the mechanisms that link volcanism and near-surface deformation with deep Earth processes. A main hypothesis to be tested is that mantle plumes are generated at the core-mantle boundary, probably from the edges of huge domains called "Large Low Shear wave Velocity Provinces" (LLSVP). CEED is led by Trond H. Torsvik.

Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance (SFF II)

Centre of Equality, Social Organization and Performance (ESOP) studies the links between equality, social organization and economic performance, both in rich and poor countries. ESOP was established in 2007. The Centre is led by Karl-Ove Moene.

Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (SFF II)

Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN) studies the place of the human mind in nature by studying different forms of normative behaviour related to rationality, communication and ethics.The Centre combines empirical and philosophical research. CSMN was established in 2007, and is led by Olav Gjelsvik.

Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (SFF II)

Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) began as a Nordic Centre of Excellence in 2002, under the coordination of EcoClim. The Centre is home to population ecologists, evolutionary biologists, geneticists and statisticians, and serves as an intellectual platform in the field of ecological and evolutionary research, with focus on the ecological system in both salt water and fresh water. CEES was established in 2007, and is led by Nils Chr.Stenseth.

Centre for Cancer Biomedicine (SFF II)

Centre for Cancer Biomedicine (CCB) is a joint-venture between basic researchers in cellular biology and translation researchers who analyse tumours to identify the gene that may be responsible for the type of cancer a patient has.In addition, statisticians participate to handle the large volumes of data that provide the basis for the research.CCB was established in 2007, and is led by Harald A. Stenmark.

Centre for Immune Regulation (SFF II)

Centre for Immune Regulation (CIR) tries to identify mechanisms of immune dysregulation that contribute to autoimmune disease and allergy. This work involves a combination of basic research, research using animal and human disease models, and student training, all of which is carried out by the multidiciplinary centre. CIR was established in 2007, and is led by Ludvig M. Sollid.

Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (SFF II)

Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (CTCC) is a decentralised centre, with a node at the University of Tromsø and a node at the University of Oslo, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The Oslo node is led by Trygve Helgaker.


Previous Centres of Excellence at UiO

Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience (SFF I)

Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience (CMBN) conducted molecular biology and neurological research.The Centre's goal was to become a world-class unit in the field of research on mechanisms in DNA repair and genome maintenance to prevent neurological disease and brain ageing. CBMN was established in 2003 ended  in 2013, the Centre was led by Tone Tønjum.

Centre for the Physics of Geological Processes (SFF I)

Centre for the Physics of Geological Processes (PGP) combines studies of geological processes with new research methods in the field of physics. The research combines field studies, experiments, modelling and theory. PGP was a centre at the Departement of Geosciences from 2003 to 201, the centre was led by Jens Feder and Bjørn Jamtveit.

Centre of Mathematics for Applications (SFF I)

Centre of Mathematics for Applications (CMA) conducts research that builds links between mathematical theory and software, to contribute to information and communication technology being able to help promote theory development and new research in the field of mathematics. CMA existed as a Norwegian Centre of Excellence (CoE) from 2003-13. From 2013-18 the CMA will operate as an internal centre under the Math department. CMA was led by Ragnar Winther.

Published Jun 10, 2010 03:27 PM - Last modified Sep 9, 2013 03:15 PM