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Ocean Sustainability Bergen

Ocean Sustainability Bergen is a virtual centre at the University of Bergen (UiB), working with partner institutions worldwide in ocean science and education. The aim is to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDSs) and the centre is part of the university's strategic initiative SDG Bergen, which presents scientific advice to governments and international bodies to aid them in decision-making processes.

Ocean Sustainability Bergen takes care of day to day activities in relation to UiB's status as the Hub for SDG 14: Life below water as appointed by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and is also the SDG 14 representative in the International Association of Universities (IAU) SDG Cluster.

Our three main areas of interest are:

SDG14 | LIFE BELOW WATER

Connecting student active learning with the UN system

A unique course on SDG14 brings together student active learning and an interdisciplinary approach on how to engage with sustainability issues and how science can provide knowledge for a sustainable Ocean. We have produced three videos showing what makes the course special.

LAWS OF THE OCEAN
A small coral reef ecosystem with fishes. An important part of the biodiversity below water.

Finding the balance for a sustainable Ocean

A seminar in Bergen explores how the Ocean can be better regulated to ensure the balance between the harvesting of natural resources and the need for conservation.

SDG 14
A student from the University of Bergen holds a starfish found in the waters close to Bergen, Norway.

UiB becomes official UN ocean science Hub

The University of Bergen has taken on a leadership role on SDG 14, Life below water, for United Nations Academic Impact, and will act to inspire and motivate partners worldwide to create greater knowledge towards a sustainable ocean.

SUSTAINABLE OCEAN
Professor Lise Øvrreås, Academic Director of Ocean Sustainability Bergen at the University of Bergen in Norway.

New director for Ocean Sustainability Bergen

Professor Lise Øvreås takes over from Peter M. Haugan as Academic Director of Ocean Sustainability Bergen, UiB's centre for sustainable ocean research, with scientific advice being one of the main tasks in her portfolio.

SDG 14
The University of Bergen's Rector Dag Rune Olsen at the opening of the inaugural SDG Conference Bergen in February 2018.

UiB given SDG14 leadership role by IAU

The University of Bergen has been announced as part of the International Association of Universities SDG Cluster, with special responsibility and leadership for SDG14, Life Below Water.

Photo of the United Nations building in New York, with clouds and the sun reflecting. Used to illustrate article about science diplomacy.

Between 5 and 9 June 2017, the University of Bergen participated at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York. Among the university's activities at the conference were the presentation of voluntary commitments with partner institutions in South Africa and the Pacific.