From 8 to 10 August 2018 had the first edition of the Summer School on Research in Aluminuim Production in Trondheim, Norway. This summer school was organized as part of the Norwegian-Canadian Partnership Project on Research and Education in the Primary Production of Aluminium. This event is the beginning of a large collaboration between Canadian and Norwegian researchers working on topics related to the aluminuim industry.
For a whole week, a group of students, postdoctoral fellows and professors from Laval University’s Aluminum Research Centre (REGAL) participated in a program covering a wide range of topics related to the production of aluminum. On the Norwegian side, professors and students from the Norvegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, SINTEF researchers and industry representatives attended this summer school.
In the summer school program, various courses were presented by Prof. Tor Grande, Prof. Ann Mari Svensson and other NTNU teachers. Dr. Arne Petter Ratvik and Dr. Egil Skybakmoen shared their research experiences at SINTEF. The participating students presented their respective master’s and PhD research projects and the representatives of Norsk Hydro, Alcoa Mosjøen and Elkem presented the advanced techniques already applied in the plants as well as the needs in terms of developments and the challenges of the future.
This Norwegian-Canadian partnership will last three years. Exchanges are on the agenda throughout this period. Internships are planned to allow students on both sides of the Atlantic to benefit from the expertise developed at REGAL and NTNU. The next edition of the summer school will take place in 2019 and will be organized by REGAL at Laval University.