Meeting with the Norwegian K.G. Jebsen Centres
The recent meeting with Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen and the Norwegian K.G. Jebsen Centres displayed excellence in science, music and food. Like science, excellent cooking and piano playing necessitates hard work and passion. So does development of an inspirational haven, as found in Austevoll.
Leif Ove Andsnes
In October we met with Stiftelsen K.G. Jebsen and the Norwegian K.G. Jebsen Centres at Bekkjarvik, Austevoll. The main theme was research entrepreneurship, and a conclusion was that there are many ways by which research can serve society. The British Biochemist Philip Cohen presented a model where the mutual benefits from close collaborations with pharmaceutical industry could fuel productive development of the economy for a whole city. His example from Dundee was inspiring in this respect. Several of the K.G. Jebsen Centres also have sound experiences with commercialization of research, and it is useful to learn from each other.
The meeting was located to Bekkjarvik in Austevoll, in surroundings illustrating both the beauty and hardship of life on the Norwegian coastline. Passion and hard work has brought the acclaimed Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri to existence, and certainly also the Bocure d'Or Lyon gold to chef Ørjan Johannessen. During the stay, we also had the great pleasure of hearing Leif Ove Andsnes perform selected piano pieces by Sibelius, Chopin and more. His performance again detests to the results made possible by hard work and passion, and inspired continued efforts in applying the same principles to our scientific endeavours.