Scientific Advisory Board pleased with Lighthouse's work

"Lighthouse research is world leading in several fields." That is one of the opinions from members of the Scientific Advisory Board, which had its annual meeting in Gothenburg this week, where they went through the past year's work within Lighthouse first phase on research and education. A full report will come later this winter, but their first impressions were positive.

Parts of the Scientific Advisory board on the second day of the meeting, where they worked on the coming report. From left coordinator Olle Rutgersson, board members Siri Strandenes, Attila Incecik and Malek Pourzanjani.

Lighthouse Scientific Advisory Board consists of international and national professors and experts, whose work is to analyse and give input on the research and education being done within Lighthouse first phase, and in the future the work of the new phase. This year´s Board consists of Malek Pourzanjani from The Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology, Siri Strandenes, Norwegian School of Economics, Attila Incecik at the University of Strathclyde, Scott MacKinnon, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Lisa Svensson from the Swedish Ministry of the Environment. Professor Olle Rutgersson is the coordinator for the Board.

- It's imposing what has been built up here in Gothenburg over the nine years that Lighthouse has been running. The research is world leading in many fields, says Professor Attila Incecik.
Professor Siri Strandenes was a newcomer to the Scientific Advisory Board.
- I'm impressed with the width of the research and education, that it has so many elements. However, my first impression is that they could have worked even more interdisciplinary, she says.

The main concern for the future for both Attila Incecik and Siri Strandenes is to maintain financing of the basic research that is done.
- It's hard and take time to build up this great research environment, but it can be quickly dissolved, says Strandenes.