IRIS - International Research Institute of Stavanger - is a recognised research institute with high focus on applied research, equally owned by the University of Stavanger and the regional foundation Rogalandsforskning. IRIS was established in 2006, as a result of a technical re-structuring of the ownership of Rogaland Research. Rogaland Research was established in 1973, and the continuation of its activities in IRIS provides IRIS with a long and proud history right from the start. Research activities started in the area of social science, but quickly developed to include petroleum. Today IRIS remains an independent research institute with research and research-related activities in petroleum, new energy, marine environment, biotechnology and social science and business development.