Midway evaluation FME SUCCESS
The research centres for environmentally-friendly energy (the FMEs) are financed on a 5+3 years basis. This means that the Research Council at halftime will evaluate each centre to decide if funding will be given for the last three years. This process is now running, even though this is a little early for the SUCCESS centre, as we started one year later than most others.
The Research Council has appointed an evaluation panel to look into the scientific and organizational results so far. Last fall the centre and all its research and industry partners delivered self-evaluations, and on March 13th (the day after our winter seminar) the centre met with the panel.
The meeting consisted of three sessions. In the morning the panel discussed the project with the the scientific leaders and the work package leaders. Later on it met with the PhD students, and the last session had representatives from the management and the partner institutions.
The panel consists of four international experts. Two of these are generalists partaking in all center evaluations, professor emeritus Per Stenius from Finland (chair) and Mattias Lundberg from the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova. The other two are specialists on the specific centre topic, in our case Christian Bernstone from Vattenfall in Sweden and Vit Hladik from the Czech Geological Survey.
The meetings with the panel took place in a friendly atmosphere, and we are now looking forward to the panel’s report – and of course the decision of the Research Council regarding further funding.
For SUCCESS the process of self-evaluation has been fruitful, and we are sure that the panel will deliver constructive input on how we can improve our work and become a real success.
Photo: From the first of the evaluation sessions. The expert panel and representatives from the Research Council to the left, and the scientific leaders of the SUCCESS centre to the right. Chairman of the SUCCESS Board, Kåre Vagle (ConcocoPhillips), at the far end. (Photo: Gudmund A: Dalsbø, University of Oslo).