CIENS – Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research

CIENS is a strategic research collaboration between four independent research institutes and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, the University of Oslo and the Oslo Metropolitan University.

CIENS’ vision is to be a leading collaborative arena for research-based knowledge production to promote the green shift and sustainability.

CIENS represents an arena for collaborative interdisciplinary research on environmental and social issues. It spans a range of disciplines across the natural and social sciences, covering both basic and applied research as well as innovation, communication and collaboration with users and the public.

The CIENS strategy for 2018-2022 has identified sustainable urbanization as a main theme for collaboration. Additional research includes issues on climate, energy, and pollution, regional development and transport, as well as natural diversity, ecosystem services, and the cultural heritage. Applied research on these topics link to several of the UN sustainable development goals.

CIENS conducts various communication activities to encourage dialogue between researchers, users and media on environmental issues, including breakfast seminars and conferences, a web site, and ad-hoc events. CIENS provides user-oriented syntheses on selected environmental topics.

CIENS is located in the Oslo Science Park, next to the University of Oslo, and close to downtown Oslo.

You can read CIENS’s strategy 2022 – 2026 here.

PEER member

CIENS is a member of the Partnership for European Environmental Research. PEER represents eight large, interdisciplinary environmental research centres in Europe. PEER’s vision is to be a world leader in integrating knowledge and expertise for sustainable development.

PEER member centres carry out basic and applied research combining different disciplines from natural and social sciences. Research covers all fields of the environment, particularly addressing the interaction between man and nature.

Read more about the partnership at