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VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Challenges of the Science-Policy interface of Localizing the SDGs #LoVeSeSDG

Welcome to the first CET Virtual seminar! Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the University has closed its doors until Easter. This week we would like to test our weekly lunch seminar online. First out is Dorothy Dankel, CET Affiliate and research at the department of biological sciences.

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CET Lunch Seminars most Wednesdays at CET, Fosswinckels gt 6, 6th floor.
Dorothy Dankel

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Title: Challenges of the Science-Policy interface of Localizing the SDGs: Our #LoVeSeSDG case "From Whales to Rockets" in Andøy Muncipality, Vesterålen, Norway

The islands of Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja (LoVeSe) are home to the most famous fishing and cultural heritage site of Northern Europe. Fishing practices, boat building, as well as internationally-renown dried stockfish are parts of an integrated human-ecosystem heritage that has developed for over one thousand years. As the largest cod stock in the world, the Northeast Arctic cod fishery supports not just a millennial-old culture, but a thriving export business with landed value of 6.73 billion NOK in 2017, including a 15% increase in value from 2012. Our study region, Nordland County, has the highest number of fishers in Norway (2,763 = 25%) and the highest number of fishing vessels, most of these are located in our LoVeSe study site. But the future of this rich heritage is uncertain, due to unprecedented climate change and technology revolution that is unfolding before our very eyes.

Our overriding research question is: How can current scientific assessments in Norway be harmonized with the targets and indicators for SDG 2, 11, 13, 14 and 17 for sustainable cultural heritage?

Along with the rich heritage of LoVeSe comes the urgent responsibility of sustainable ecosystem management. In this presentation, I will outline the context of or case study of Andøy Kommune (municipality) and our consortium plans to analyze trade-offs in iterative dialogues through the socio-political lens of the SDGs. 

CET-affiliated researcher, Dorothy J. Dankel, applies Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) theories and methods in marine science-policy contexts. She is located in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Ocean Sustainability Bergen group at the University of Bergen campus at Marineholmen. Dorothy is also vice-Chair of the the Nordic Marine Think Tank and past-Chair and current member of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Working Group on Maritime Systems. Dorothy's research has been supported by research fellowships at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the School of Marine Science at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (SMAST). Dorothy is also on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). She currently leads the #LoVeSeSDG project on localizing the the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is involved in several other research projects that apply RRI in technology fields that include CRISPR gene-edited salmon, carbon capture and storage (CCS), aquaculture sensor systems, and trade-offs among aquaculture, fisheries and offshore wind technologies.

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Dorothy Dankel

Guidelines for the virtual seminar:

  • To enter the seminar use this "Join Microsoft Teams Meeting" , alternatively the link under (bottom of page). You can drop in at any time from 12pm. If you join after 12.15 please mute your microphone.
  • You do not need to have Microsoft Teams installed on your computer to enter the session. You can enter as a “guest”.
  • The sound quality is often better if you use a headset (reduces echo from the computer)
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    • When it is your turn to ask a question/comment the moderator will introduce you and you can unmute your microphone. Please introduce yourself before you ask your question.
  • Sit back and enjoy the seminar and connecting with the CET network!