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CIRiS - Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space
CIRiS is a department of NTNU Samfunnsforskning AS with the mandate to promote and perform research and development relevant to the human exploration of space. The main activities are related to research activities onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The International Space Station (ISS)

The ISS is an international accomplishment that Norway, through the European Space Agency (ESA), is proudly taking part of. At CIRiS we contribute on a daily basis to this endeavor through support to the utilization and operation of the ISS research facilities, experiments and technology development.ISS current config dec 2014.jpg
The international Space Station (ISS) Photo Credit: NASA


Our control centre – the N-USOC (Norwegian User Support and Operations Centre) – is one of ESA’s seven Control Centers that are part of the ISS programme. Our experiments in space demand thorough planning, development and testing of equipment, highly specified procedures and training of console personnel. The execution of space experiments includes use of advanced technology, in addition to communication and cooperation between both the astronauts onboard the ISS, the ground segment and between the different the different Control Centres located in several parts of the world. More information can be found at

The N-USOC Control Centre at Dragvoll, Trondheim. Photo Credit: CIRiS

Regenerative life support systems and Agricultural Research

The vast distances to be travelled when exploring space, makes it both economically and practically necessary to develop new concepts to supply the required consumables to the astronauts. CIRiS work with developing new concepts and technologies for closed regenerative life support systems where water and nutrients can be recycled and plant health can be monitored. Food production solutions for space exploration have strong synergies with terrestrial food production solutions. 

CIRiS also perform agricultural research and development. Together with established partners we perform chemical, biological and microbiological analyses of plant material. We contribute to a better understanding of plant health and crop yield through field and greenhouse experiments and research facilities with controlled environments.

Greenhouse. Photo Credit: CIRiS