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Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)

Member Academies

Lerchendal gaard / 7491 Trondheim Norway


Professsor Torbjørn DIGERNES

Founding date: 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


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 2013/2017

Scope 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 2017/2018

– 28 March 2017 NTVA together with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Norwegian Research Council arranged a symposium were on Premises for Politics based on Science. There were many prominent speakers foreign as well as Norwegians. His Majesty Kong Harald took part in the symposium.
– NTVA held a seminar in Oslo 5 April 2017 in cooperation with IVA Väst. This was the third in row. seminar. The topic of was: The electricity supply: The Nordic Countries will be better off if they cooperate. The same seminar were held in Gothenberg with the same speakers.
– The Norwegian government asked for comments to their revision of the long time plan for research and higher education. The academy said that the research to the advantage for the small and medium seized businesses must have higher priority. NTVA discussed the need for developing the physical infrastructure for research. Bigger success with a systematic work for multidiscipline cooperation were another of many topics.