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VISTA - an exceptional partnership

VISTA was established in 1985 as a collaborative partnership between Statoil and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. VISTA's overall vision is to stimulate basic mathematical and scientific research related to the exploitation and management of Norway's petroleum resources.

Sleipner. Photo: Dag Myrestrand/StatoilSleipner. Photo: Dag Myrestrand/Statoil

VISTA's strategic goals:

  • Increase knowledge about the exploitation and management of Norway's petroleum resources 
  • Support research in mathematics and the natural sciences that helps provide a basis for improved, safe exploitation of Norway's petroleum resources in the future 
  • Support the development of knowledge that will form the foundation for future technologies for exploration, recovery, development and operation 
  • Increase competencies related to exploitation and management within the bounds of good environmental stewardship


The priority areas are:

  • Exploration
  • Improved recovery
  • Future development and operations
  • Environment


What does VISTA support?

VISTA supports PhD and Post Doc projects, and one VISTA professorship. All VISTA projects are required to have a dedicated scholar and a project manager approved by VISTA and by the scholar's host institution. The project reports annualy to VISTA. VISTA pays salaries and covers project operation costs for PhD and Post Doc projects.

VISTA funds highly competent researchers to facilitate full-time research in their field of expertise. Among previous VISTA Professors is Ivar Giæver, Nobel Laureate in Physics in 1973.

VISTA aims to fund approximately 20 projects on PhD and Post Doc level, in addition to a VISTA professorships, each year. 

In 2013 the Academy’s secretary general, Øyvind Andersen, and Bård Krokan, chairman of the VISTA board, signed a new 5-year contract that contributes NOK 20 million annually to petroleum related basic research. Photo: Eirik F. BaardsenIn 2013 the Academy’s secretary general, Øyvind Andersen, and Bård Krokan, chairman of the VISTA board, signed a new 5-year contract that contributes NOK 20 million annually to petroleum related basic research. Photo: Eirik F. Baardsen

Since 1985 Statoil has contributed with more than NOK 250 million to the VISTA-programme. In 2013, Statoil and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters signed a new 5-year contract that will contribute NOK 20 million annually for the period 2014 - 2019 to petroleum related basic research.

From 1985 - 2014 VISTA had funded a total of 247 PhD and Post Doc projects. VISTA has also funded 7 VISTA professorships. Throughout VISTA's 30 years of operation, there have been more than 950 publications in international journals, among others in Nature and Science.

VISTA organizes two annual events; the VISTA-day at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the Scholars' day at Statoil's research center, Rotvoll, that brings together young scientists from VISTA projects.

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