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The Research Council conference on ocean science

Scandic Lillestrøm
24.10.2018 10:00 CET
25.10.2018 15:00 CET
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Protecting the riches of the seas is vital for the climate and the environment, as well as for economic growth. The Research Council’s conference on ocean science will shed light on the role of research and what it is revealing about the current – and future – status of the ocean environment.

Both in Norway and internationally, increasing attention is being focused on the world’s oceans and seas. Norway has taken on an international leadership role in ocean-related issues, for example through the international high-level panel on sustainable ocean economy. This forms the basis of the conference’s opening session, in which the current status and challenges facing ocean research will be discussed in four keynote lectures:

  • Ocean conditions and critical thresholds, Carlos Duarte;
  • Humans – better than their reputation, Dag Hessen;
  • The UN’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, Peter Haugan;
  • The panel on sustainable ocean economy: we have work to do, Vidar Helgesen.

The opening session will be followed by brief presentations and a panel debate on opportunities for and obstacles to achieving goal 14 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

​The conference will conclude with popular science lectures on current marine-related issues and a quiz in connection with the poster exhibition. 

Conference programme (in Norwegian)

What’s new in marine research?

In Norway, marine research has an extensive scope. Day two of the conference will be dedicated to presenting new research that will have an impact on how to move forward to meet upcoming challenges and take advantage of potential opportunities in the years ahead. The project managers of all projects with funding under the Research Programme on Marine Resources and the Environment (MARINFORSK) will be invited to participate in a “researcher relay” to present the status and findings of their projects.  

Who can attend?

The conference targets researchers, industry actors, representatives of the public administration and organisations, as well as others interested in marine-related issues. Day two is targeted towards researchers to a larger degree. 

Conference registration

Register here (Norwegian only). The registration deadline is 18 September.