The project's consortium has been formed to be able to handle all tasks involved in the project and at the same time get available all expertise needed for the successful project execution. The consortium in this project brings together the resources of 2 participating organizations, including Polish research institution of the ceramic sector and a Norwegian partner with previous experience in product environmental impact assessment based on the whole Life Cycle Analysis.
Parties concluded the Partnership Agreement, which specifies (with respect to the Project) the relationship among the Parties, in particular concerning the organisation of the work between the Parties, the management of the Project and the rights and obligations of the Parties concerning, inter alia, liability, Access Rights and dispute resolution.
The Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials is a lasting and important part of the Polish research and development community that combines a high level of scientific research with an implementation of its achievements in the industrial practice.
The range of the Institute's research is wery wide and includes the total of technical sciences related to ceramics and glass. The global development of science and technology has influenced the scope of the Institute's activity, shaping the structure of its research facilities and the undertaken research projects. This has resulted, for example, in a dynamic development of studies in the area of bioceramics or nanoceramics.
Over years of co-operation, a strong bond has developed between the Polish industry of ceramics, glass products and building materials, and the scientific community of the Institute. Mutual trust and good results of co-operation make it possible to react promptly to the needs of industry with respect to the technology of material processing and manufacturing of modern products that satisfy market requirements. Tradition, modernity, scientific inquisitiveness and reliability in the execution of research and development projects underlie a good reputation and a recognizable trademark of the Institute and its staff.
Apart from the scientific and research work, the Institute undertakes industrial production of special, small-scale and unique products, filling recognized market niches. We find solutions to problems that are too difficult or unattractive for others.
Vestlandsforsking is an assignment-based research institute. The institute is organised as a foundation and was established on 6 March 1985. Sogn and Fjordane county municipality was the formal founder. The institute is located in Sogndal, by the Sognefjord in the western part of Norway. The institute has 30 employees and an annual turnover of approximately 27 million NOK.
Regional knowledge intersection
Together, Vestlandsforsking and Sogn and Fjordane University College constitute a collective specialist community, with approximately 200 academic posts. Researchers from the College also participate in projects carried out by Vestlandsforsking.
Vestlandsforsking is an international research institute with regional entrenchment. Our vision is the promotion of knowledge development and sharing.
Vestlandsforsking shall carry out critical and independent research. Transparency is a prerequisite for our knowledge development and sharing. High quality shall be a distinguishing characteristic of all of our activities.
Vestlandsforsking shall provide contributions of knowledge of a high quality which shall contribute to greater insight into and innovation and development of policy, administration and value creation. Vestlandsforsking shall participate at the forefront of national and international research, and be an active participant in development in Western Norway.
Project revenues finance the ordinary operation of Vestlandsforsking. Contributions in the form of basic subsidies shall be dedicated to academic development, project development and quality assurance. At the time of establishment in 1985, Sogn and Fjordane county municipality, the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, and 62 banks, companies, municipalities and organisations in the county provided 4 million NOK in founding capital.
Vestlandsforsking is headed by a board comprising seven members. Sogn and Fjordane county municipality elects the majority of these, while the Research Council of Norway elects one. The director is responsible for the daily management of the institute. The research areas are organised thematically and are headed by research directors and administrative group leaders.
Vestlandsforsking has competence in the academic fields of social studies, natural sciences, technology and the humanities.
Quality assurance is performed by way of academic supervision and control and through a separate internal quality management system for the execution of projects.