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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.


Poster promoting the Michael Sars Symposium

Michael Sars Symposium 2023: Cells, organisms and their environment

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


A Closer Look at Life in the Sea

The Michael Sars Centre addresses universally important questions about the molecular and cellular biology of marine organisms. This film introduces some of the unique marine life we study and what we can learn from them. (Norwegian with English subtitles)

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.

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

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.