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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.


Portrait of Michael Sars

The Michael Sars Centre: a new name to honour a pioneer

The Sars International Center for Marine Molecular Biology is changing its name to the Michael Sars Center to honor the extraordinary contribution to science of one of Norway's most significant marine biologists. The center will now become part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Portrait of researcher Maria Sachkova

Heading for the next challenge at the University of Bristol after a postdoc at the Sars Centre

Maria Sachkova will build her own research group after accepting a position as lecturer at the University of Bristol.

Drawings of sea slugs and crustaceans on book pages

Searching for Michael Sars in the Rare Books Collection

Famous Bergen scientist Michael Sars made a lasting impact on the field of marine biology during his prolific career in the 1800's. We explored the Rare Books Collection at the University of Bergen in search of his original publications and beautiful naturalist illustrations.

Portrait of Chiara Castelletti and Vincenzo Perria

Coming to us from Italy, PhD students researching our local Ciona.

Chiara Castelletti and Vincenzo Perria are here in Bergen to reveal the secrets of Ciona’s development and its resilience to climate change.  

Four Fritillaria in their houses colored in yellow, red, green and blue

Towards a new larvacean model system

Most of what is known of larvacean biology today comes from the study of a single species - Oikopleura dioica. A new report from Daniel Chourrout’s group introduces the very first long-term culture of the larvacean Fritillaria borealis, finding major differences to well-studied