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Linking the world’s top marine research centres

Bergen Marine Research Cluster and Ocean Outlook have received funding to exchange students and conduct research with two of the most important marine research institutions in USA.

Øyvind Paasche og Kjetil Våge are leading the project Ocean Outlook. The project is now supported by SIU.
SUPPORTED: Øyvind Paasche og Kjetil Våge are leading the project Ocean Outlook. The project is now supported by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU).
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Solfrid T. Langeland

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“We have been working on this project since 2011 and we are delighted to receive this economic support to continue our work,” says Øyvind Paasche, leader at Bergen Marine Research Cluster and the project Ocean Outlook.

 Ocean Outlook has received funding of 1.5 million NOK for a three-year period from the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU). The money will be used to support student exchange and to develop the collaboration between Bergen Marine Research Cluster and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts. MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is also involved.

Complementary knowledge

The first Ocean Outlook conference was arranged in Bergen last year. The plan is to have this conference in Bergen and Woods Hole every second year.

The support from SIU is important to build this relationship further.

 “The knowledge from this collaboration complements the knowledge we already have and the students and researchers get the possibility to build networks,” says Paasche.

Exciting exchange

PhD Candidate Lisbeth Håvik at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen (UiB) is currently on an exchange programme at WHOI.

“This stay has been very instructive and exciting. It is especially interesting to be part of a big research institution that is specialized on oceanography on both a smaller and a bigger scale,” says Håvik.

Marine robotics

Researcher Kjetil Våge at the Geophysical Institute is also involved in the Ocean Outlook-project. He has part of his education from WHOI and has recently been on a scholarship stay there.

“Both WHOI and MIT can contribute with invaluable opportunities for students and researchers in Bergen, such as their advanced knowledge about linking sea health to human health,” says Våge.

He also points out the widespread use of technology in research – like the Center for marine robotics in WHOI. The collaboration also opens doors to the world of American science and mutual projects with American researchers and access to international research money.

The next Ocean Outlook will be 7-8 April in Woods Hole. The theme will be Icy Oceans and the students from Norway and USA are attending a course to learn more about ecosystem modelling in the ocean.