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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

Partnership on Sustainable Hydropower in Canada and Norway

Alternative title: Norsk-kanadisk partnerskap for miljøvennlig vannkraft

Awarded: NOK 4.0 mill.

HYCANOR is a partnership between three Norwegian and three Canadian scientific institutions, aiming at educating excellent scientists within the topic of sustainable hydropower. Through this partnership, PhD-students from Norway and Canada will get world-leading experts as supervisors and collaborators, access unique laboratory facilities at each other?s institutions, and learn top-notch methods. Two main thematic areas will be the core of HYCANOR; (1) fish migrations and fish passages in regulated rivers and (2) effects of artificial water level fluctuations in hydropower reservoirs. The partnership will center around six types of joint activities: seminars, fieldwork, supervision, publications, course development and reciprocal mobility stays. In addition, HYCANOR plans to organize site visits to hydropower sites in Canada and Norway. HYCANOR is linked to the HydroCen (Norwegian Research Center for Hydropower Technology), which has >50 national and international partners including industry, research institutes and universities.

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HYCANOR - Partnership on Sustainable Hydropower in Canada and Norway - is planned as a formalized partnership between three Norwegian and three Canadian excellent institutions. It will be linked to the FME HydroCen Norwegian Research Center for Hydropower Technology, which has >50 national and international partners including industry, research institutes and universities. The HYCANOR partnership will focus on environmental effects of hydropower production, thereby addressing the INTPART priority of Canada and industry partnership (FME). The attention will be towards educating excellent PhD students from both countries, guided by experienced senior scientists that are experts within their respective methodology. Through mutual exchange of topnotch methods, data, tools and analytical approaches, and through involvement of industry and public sector, HYCANOR aims to create groups of world-leading scientists within sustainable hydropower, with international experience and familiarity of collaboration with industry and management. Two main thematic areas will be the core of HYCANOR; fish migrations and fish passages in regulated rivers and effects of artificial water level fluctuations in hydropower reservoirs. The partnership will center around six types of joint activities: seminars, fieldwork, supervision, publications, course development and reciprocal mobility stays. In addition HYCANOR plans to organize site visits to hydropower sites in Canada and Norway, publish a special issue in a scientific journal and submit at least one joint research proposal with all five partners involved.

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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research