Norges miljø-og biovitenskapelige universitet (NMBU, Norwegian University of Life Sciences) history begins with the establishment of an agricultural college at Ås in 1859. In 1897 the college was promoted to a “research college”. In 2005 the college attained full university status and in 2014 the university merged with the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science.
The Faculty of Science and Technology of the Norwegian University of Life Science focuses on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development. They educate engineers and science teachers and offer courses in practical-pedagogical education (PPU), mathematics, information science and physics.
Within the Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK), the research group for Sustainable Infrastructure and Timber Structures has a long tradition of research in the field of structural and environmental engineering. The group has a strong focus on construction of buildings and related infrastructure adapted to the expected climate changes (increased environmental impact and new stresses on structures) and future requirements for reduced CO2 emissions and reuse of resources. Their expertise covers urban climate, building microclimate, material degradation and characterization, structural assessment of existing buildings, and retrofitting of historical and heritage structures.
Within e-SAFE, thanks to their expertise in the field of sustainable timber structures, NMBU is actively involved in conceiving and prototyping the e-SAFE technologies (WP3), where they have a central role in carrying out experimental structural tests, to be performed in their laboratories. NMBU is also involved in communication, dissemination and training, and in particular in scientific dissemination activities.