Establishment of projects in MoST

Three types of projects will be run under the auspices of the lab.

Student projects. This includes bachelor's and master's as well as PhD projects. The first two will typically take place in the spring, while the PhD projects will last over 3 to 4 years. The projects will be organized with a team of supervisors from NTNU together with one or more contact persons from the Environmental Packages or underlying specialist in these projects.

Community arena projects. If change is to be created, MoST must be visible in greater Trondheim's cityscape. The Abelsgate festival is an example of an arena project under the aegis of MoST. The same is the Ursa Major autumn school.

Development projects. Part of the dynamics of a "living lab" is the opportunity to take on more adhoc-based development projects for which the parties wish to receive assistance. Examples of this could be that NTNU wants research assistance for a mobility solution at the Gløshaugen campus, or that Trodheim municipality wants input on what the world's most sustainable mobility solutions for Ski WC 2025 should look like. Such projects are not within the current framework for MoST. Separate agreements must therefore be drawn up if such projects are to be initiated under the auspices of the lab.

Another fantastic encounter with Ursa Major

This time MoST traveled with Hurtigruten for three days, stopping for a longer stay in Ålesund along the route from Bergen to Trondheim.

The topics we talked about were "Experience with knowledge transfer to urban stakeholders", "Technology and multidisciplinary research for smart cities: How to connect research approaches to quantitative and qualitative sciences", "Looking for the future of smart city: Barriers, citizen engagement", and overall solutions".

Tromsø, Norway

URSA MAJOR Young Scientist School 2023 (UMYSS)

October 23-November 24, 2023

The URSA MAJOR Young Scientist School 2023 (UMYSS) will expose a new generation of researchers to cutting-edge topics in urban, societal, environmental, and computational sciences. To support sustainable development pathways in smart cities, the emphasis is on digital communications, massive environmental monitoring, and integrated urban system modeling. Participants will learn about the most recent advances and challenges in urban system research, high-resolution climate modeling, observations (including ground-based and remote sensing), and data analysis, as well as modern approaches to communicating about socio-environmental interactions through web-based geoinformation systems, storytelling, and virtual and augmented reality technologies.

The program consists of a series of conceptual and theoretical lectures as well as concrete practical exercises. Each student will work in a group to complete a small-scale research project that will culminate in an online presentation to school lecturers and participants, as well as eventual peer-reviewed research publication(s).

The curriculum is divided into four areas of expertise: Turbulence line, Natural line, Satellite observations and GIS line, and Social line.

MoST sent two representatives this year. Mahgol Afshari, MoST project manager works on the Social line, and Aashish Adhikari, one of MoST's Ph.D. candidates works on the Turbulence (PALM) line.

Photos by Jenny Turton from Arctic Frontiers

Program for Fagdag: Friday 1.September

Levende Abels gate 2023

On the first and second of September, the district festival Levende Abels Gate is organized in Elgeseter. We continue several of last year's successes such as neighborhood breakfast, second-hand market, activities for children, and "artist for a day" and this year we will also have Friday ​​as a professional day.

Would you like to take part in carrying out activities and contribute to a festival that will strengthen the sense of belonging to Elgeseter and facilitate a better neighborhood with a main focus on the mobility situation? Then we would like to have you on the team.

Send an email to if you want to contribute as a volunteer during the festival.

More info to come...

Photos by Javad Montazeri

Project goal

Better urban environment

Idea concept

Abels gate was named after the mathematician Niels Henrik Abel (1808-1929). This laid the foundation for a concept where mathematics was to be a recurring theme in the measures. The mathematics appeared in the numbers in dragon paradise, painting formulas on the asphalt, and will be an identity bearer in the street art in Abels gate. Mathematics is also rooted in the design of the toy tram.

Levende Abels gate 2023


Bøker og bylab, Abels gate and

surroundings in Elgeseter gate


Friday ​​and Saturday 1st and 2nd of September

Project manager

Mahgol Afshari

A brief description of the project

Levende Abels Gate 3 is based on the past 2 years' experiences and evaluations. Everyone who took part last year has called for a new neighborhood festival. The festival organizes Friday and Saturday, the first and second of September with activities and measures from morning to evening indoors and outdoors. Levende Abels gate aimed to create life in Elgeseter in the summer of 2023, while having a long-term perspective on sustainable urban development and focusing on mobility solutions.

Half of the residents in the Elgeseter district are students, while the other half are adults who live and work in the region. Thousands of people work in the company during the day, but the streets are deserted after hours and the businesses on the first floor are closed. An evaluation of the last 2 Levende Abels Gate - which is the basis for this year's festival - has also been carried out.

Elgeseter is a district facing a major transformation when NTNU expands and selects the area as an innovation district. The proportion of students and staff at NTNU will increase by 10-15,000, and the interest from businesses to establish themselves in the area has increased enormously in recent years. KLP and Entra start the shop development stage in Teknobyen. Elgeseter gate must also be repaired. All these reasons make this project so interesting.

Levende Abels gate festival

Levende Abels Gate 2 is based on last year's experiences and evaluations. The event was organized on 4 September, with activities and measures from morning to evening, both indoors and outdoors. Levende Abels gate aims to create life in Elgeseter in the summer of 2022, and at the same time have a long-term perspective on sustainable urban development. Furthermore, it aims to increase social, environmental and economic sustainability while at the same time creating networks and trust among the district's actors. This year, 1,500-2,000 people attended the festival.

Project manager:

Mahgol Afshari

Autumn school 2022
Ursa Major

Urban sustainability in the Arctic cities

Photos by Javad Montazeri

Main organizer:

Alenka Temeljotov-Salaj

Co-organizer and mentor:

Mahgol Afshari 

Other projects:

  • SmartRVU

  • Interpretable Models with Graph Neural Networks to support the Green Transition of Critical Infrastructures

  • A Smart Mobility Service using Digital Navigation Model of the Built Environment

  • Railway track health monitoring and predictive maintenance measured data from a train in regular traffic

  • Data-driven multi-disciplinary diagnosis and solutions for settlement-induced railway damage