Presented research prize
On Monday, 20 April, His Majesty The King presented the Gunnar Randers Research Prize to Professor Roger Pynn. The award ceremony took place at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), where the King also officially opened the institutes new solar energy building.
Professor Pynn was awarded the prize for his pioneering work in the development of new neutron scattering methods and applications within the field of advanced materials science. Roger Pynn is currently a professor at the Department of Physics at Indiana University in Indiana, USA.
Gunnar Randers Research Prize
Established in 2001, the Gunnar Randers Research Prize is awarded every two years to honour efforts to promote development in fundamental materials science, innovation or technological breakthroughs within the field.
In her speech, Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education Tora Aasland pointed out that basic research on materials forms a vital basis for the development of solar cells, among other technology. She also emphasised that state-of-the-art laboratories and scientific equipment are essential if Norwegian research is to remain internationally competitive.
Later that day, King Harald officially opened the Institute of Energy Technologys new solar energy building, for which he had laid the cornerstone two years earlier.
The new building at Kjeller is IFEs largest investment to date. The aim is to provide current and future stakeholders in the Norwegian solar cell industry with access to leading technology and scientific expertise.
After the official opening, The King was accompanied on a guided tour of the facility by the head of the Solar Energy Department. The 1,000-m² construction houses some 650 m² of laboratory space.
The King and Queen opened the new MUNCH
"I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we have been looking forward to this day! It is finally possible for us to gather together, and soon the great doors will open up a new attraction – not just for our capital city, but for Norway, and for the world," said His Majesty The King.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.