Michael Sars Centre

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!

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Symposium overview

The environment has shaped the evolution of organisms, cells and microbial communities since the origin of life. Organisms have evolved a diversity of cell types, cellular structures and cell-cell communication strategies to react and adapt to a variety of environmental changes. The symposium aims to bring together speakers working on the development, evolution and ecology of animals, plants and microorganisms to understand how a challenging environment has shaped their past and will impact their future. 

Session topics

  • Neuroscience & motility 

  • Plants & their environment 

  • Microbial ecosystems & evolution 

About the Michael Sars Centre

Aerial view of the Michael Sars Centre

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. The Michael Sars Centre focuses on excellent basic research and training in the broad field of Marine Life Sciences ranging from molecular, cellular, and developmental biology to neuroscience, genomics, systems biology, and evolution. 

Our scientists deploy diverse and cutting-edge techniques and approaches including custom-made animal cultures, electron and light microscopy, quantitative image analysis, genome editing, and genomics, including from single cells. As one of the first EMBL partners, the internationally connected 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.

About Bergen

Ciona collecting in Bergen
Melanie Burford

As a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture nestled between fjords and mountains, Bergen has the ideal combination of nature, culture and exciting urban life year around. The city is an international centre for aquaculture, shipping, the offshore petroleum industry and subsea technology, and a vibrant hub for marine research.

Bergen is located in a typical West Norwegian landscape with high mountains, fjords, bays and thousands of small and large islands and skerries. The rich diversity of animals encountered on the Bergen coast effectively complements the in-house aquaculture facilities, thus broadening the scope of research projects that can be implemented at the Centre.