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Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)



Lerchendal gaard

7491 Trondheim Norway

T. +47 73 59 54 63 | F. +47 73 59 08 30

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Founding date: 9 September 1955
Number of members: 535
Number foreign members: 25
Management and Staff: 1.5
Annual Budget: 320.000 € (2.400.000 NOK)
Financing and sources: Government Support • 1.100.000 NOK
Industry • 1.100.000 NOK
Other • 200.000 NOK


Professsor Torbjørn DIGERNES



The objectives of the Academy are:

  • To promote research, education and development within the fields of technology and the natural sciences,
  • Stimulate international cooperation within these fields,  
  • Promote the understanding of technology and natural sciences among the authorities and the public, 

to the benefit of  Norwegian society and industrial development in Norway.

A National Energy Strategy

2013_NTVA_strategy2013-17Scope and framework
NTVA’s strategy for energy issues encompasses the entire energy system in domestic and international contexts. The strategy has been prepared by a committee appointed by NTVA, and constitutes the basis for our dialogue with the ministries, research and educational institutes, industry, research institutes, academies and other partners.
The strategy was passed by the Board on 15 May 2013, and is valid for five years (2013 – 2017). However, as both domestic and international energy systems are in a constant state of change it may be necessary to revise the strategy within this five-year period.

After reviewing the international energy situation and Norway’s special status, NTVA considers that the unique opportunities in Norway’s natural energy resources must be further developed. This will involve the following;
1) adequate investment must be made in research areas where Norway has a distinct advantage and can potentially bring financial and environmental benefits
2) coordination of energy-related research must be prioritized and the entire energy system must be the focus of research activities
3) priority must be given to basic research that will provide Norway with a considerable head start in terms of knowledge and innovation.


Committees / Main working groups

  • Energy group
  • Aquaculture group
  • NTVA has published a report on "Value created from productive oceans in 2050"

    Highlights 2015

    • Celebration of our 60 years anniversary
      The Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA) was founded in Trondheim in 1955. From a modest start the academy has developed into an organization of considerable size, with more than 550 individual members. The academy arranges every year about 40 meetings or seminars in 6 different cities. In 2015 NTVA   organized seminars in 4 cities to mark our anniversary, on education and research, and on the challenging situation resulting from the low oil price and falling investment activities in the oil and gas industry.

    • A book on Energy, technology and climate.
      NTVA published in the autumn of 2015 a book of 11 chapters with contributions from almost 20 different experts, most of them members of the academy. The idea was to give a fact-based description of the political and economic challenges connected with an efficient and climate friendly development, the general public, and our politicians in particular, being the target group.

    • Expanding meeting activities to new cities and a broader public
      Norway is a country of long distances and a geographically distributed population and industry. The academy organizes 6-7 yearly meetings in the four biggest cities. In 2015 NTVA took initiatives to add Kristiansand and Tromsoe to the list. Through new forms of arrangements – meetings and seminars on university campuses etc - the academy endeavors to get into contact with a broader public. 


Annual Report 2014-2015