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Long-term science plan must break silos, say universities

The six thematic priorities in Norway’s long-term plan for research should be used to foster collaboration and bring institutions together, the country’s universities have said.

Research outcomes will not have the desired impact if the priority themes are isolated from each other, the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions said in a document published on 15 September. It was responding to a consultation on revising the government’s 10-year plan for research, which started in 2014.

Researchers focusing on three priority themes—oceans, climate change and public-sector renewal—should collaborate more with each other, the association said. The remaining priority areas are: enabling technologies, world-class research groups and an innovative industry.

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