About us

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) is to contribute to food security and safety, sustainable resource management, innovation and value creation through research and knowledge production within food, forestry and other biobased industries.

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Macro algae. Photo: Erling Fløistad
Bioeconomy is an economy that exploits biological resources from land and sea, as well as waste, as inputs for food, energy and other goods and services. NIBIO is to become the leading national centre for the development of knowledge within the field of bioeconomy.

The goal of the Institute is to contribute to food security, sustainable resource management, innovation and value creation through research and knowledge production within food, forestry and other biobased industries. NIBIO delivers research, managerial support and knowledge for use in national preparedness, as well as for businesses and the society at large. Approximately 700 employees are present in all parts of the country. The main office is located at Ås in Akershus, just outside Oslo.

NIBIO is subject to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food as an administrative agency with special authorization and its own supervisory board.

Publications

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Brochure in English about NIBIO. NIBIO contributes to food security and safety, sustainable resource management, innovation and value creation through research and knowledge production. Multi-disciplinary and integrated activities Science-policy-stakeholder interactions

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Foreword The United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form an important framework for social development nationally and globally. However, it can sometimes feel as if the concept of ‘sustainability’ is simply being bandied about with no thought for what it actually involves. To NIBIO, the concept means a lot, and we are committed to making it tangible by using the knowledge we develop and manage, both in Norway and through our activities abroad. Our diverse and specialized activities have made it possible for NIBIO to meet many of the 17 SDGs. The wide range and huge diversity of our specialist expertise, projects, types of assignments, relationships, people, presence and geography make NIBIO unique. Our focus is on ensuring that our knowledge will be of benefit and can be used to meet the needs of public administration and industry. In an institute with over 1,000 ongoing specialist projects, it is impossible to present a comprehensive and complete picture. Yet we can convey representative aspects. This is the purpose of this edition of Green Knowledge. It provides a selection of 37 individual issues, which represent a cross section of the varied activities at our institute. We hope that it sparks your interest and spurs you to find out more about NIBIO and our specialized activities.

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[Foreword] With a team of 700 employees and offices all over Norway, NIBIO is involved in a diverse range of projects in a number of places. The NIBIO team—distributed across five divisions and 16 locations, including Campus Ås— supports governmental bodies, public authorities, and industry by delivering research, analyses and reports, data, calculations, and decision-making tools. All this is carried out with a focus on value creation and sustainability—the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a key driver of many of NIBIO’s professional activities.

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NIBIO – the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research - develops knowledge on what the Norwegian bioeconomy actually is. NIBIO has a strong focus on sustainability, value creation and the primary industries’ knowledge requirements. At the same time, the environment, resource base and climate are core areas in our work. This gives us a unique combination of expertise, with which we can integrate questions of production with environmental challenges, and where economic and social dimensions are included. Basic knowledge of biology and biological processes linked to advanced technology provides us with opportunities for new understanding, new solutions and increased value creation. It is important for NIBIO that our knowledge is of use for industry, the administration, decision makers and other research institutions. NIBIO - Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research was established July 1 2015 as a merger between the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, the Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute and Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute. In this brochure we present a taste of the projects we have worked on in NIBO’s first year, examples that show the institute’s breadth and potential.