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Underwater images of marine life

The Michael Sars Centre at the University of Bergen, is an international community of scientists using advanced technologies to study the unique molecular and cellular biology of marine organisms in a changing environment for broad societal impact.

As one of the first EMBL partners, the Michael Sars Centre is rooted in the Bergen academic community and serves as a national strategical asset for Norwegian marine life sciences. We aim to establish, strengthen, and leverage local, national, and international networks through specific activities, including collaborative research, joint training, and scientific exchange.


Alexandre Jan explains in the facility

Hydrozoan Society Workshop hosted for the first time in the Nordic countries

The international workshop that occurs every three years attracted over 50 participants who gathered in Bergen to share the latest advances in the field. Michael Sars Centre aquarist Alexandre Jan was an Invited Speaker and also gave a tour of the Centre's state-of-the-art facilities.

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Discovery challenges our understanding of nervous systems and their evolution

A new article published in Science suggests fundamental differences of nerve net architecture that challenges our previous understanding on the evolution of nervous systems and how they transmit information.

Portrait of Eivind Valen

Prof. Eivind Valen wins the ERC Consolidator Grant.

For the next five years, the ERC grant will allow Prof. Eivind Valen to develop new informatics methods to explore a basic molecular biology mystery that remains unsolved: the cap code.

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Michael Sars Symposium 2023: Cells, organisms and their environment

The second edition of the Michael Sars Symposium will take place at Media City Bergen on June 1st, 2023 in Bergen, Norway.

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DeuteroNoise: How marine organisms hold the secret to a quieter ocean

A year ago, scientists from across Europe came together concerned about how noise pollution was impacting not only marine life but the health of our oceans. Together they built a consortium that aims to understand how noise produced by humans, or anthropogenic noise, affects marine life.