Michael Sars Centre

Main content

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. Register now!

A view of the sea with the " Michael Sars Centre" logo in the middle

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)
Side-by side pictures of an acoel worm in EM (left) and in fluorescent situ hybridization (right)

Exploring the diversity within acid sensors

A new paper explores the diversity of pH-sensing receptors, revealing an unexpected range of functions for these crucial neuronal proteins.

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 Özge Gökdağ

Intern Özge Gökdağ from Turkey, talks about her time at the Michael Sars Centre.

Since 2018, over 100 students have participated in the Michael Sars internship program. "In general, what they enjoy about their internship at the Centre is that the tasks and projects they carry out are very different compared to what they are used to. Biology students are used to working in analysis labs, so doing basic science is very interesting to them," said Group Leader Marios Chatzigeorgiou.