Ocean Sustainability Bergen


Through Ocean Sustainability Bergen (OSB), the University of Bergen has taken on a leading role internationally in the work to promote knowledge and understanding of a sustainable ocean. Our three main areas of interest are:

The University of Bergen is Norway's biggest marine university. Marine research and education is one of three prioritised focus areas at the university.

    Ocean Sustainability Bergen (OSB) is a virtual ocean research centre at the University of Bergen. The centre takes care of the 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). The University of Bergen is also the SDG 14 lead university in the International Association of Universities' (IAU) SDG Cluster.

    Postdoctoral Fellow Joanna Siekiera from the University of Bergen at a science diplomacy workshop in Bergen in February 2020.

    Taking water diplomacy to the ocean science decade

    At the Diplomacy 2.0 event, Joanna Siekiera from the University of Bergen spoke on the subject of water diplomacy as a field of science diplomacy.

    The UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson, giving the annual Ocean Sustainability Bergen Lecture at the Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference 2020.

    Ocean literacy key to progress for a sustainable ocean

    How can scientific knowledge on the treasures of the ocean contribute to informing policy? This was the key topic at the second Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference.

    A student at the University of Bergen in the fish laboratory.

    Celebrating 2 years as ocean science hub

    On UN Day 2018 – 24 October, the University of Bergen was announced as the official UNAI Hub for SDG14 – Life below water. Two years on, we look at what has been achieved during this time.

    Biology students from the University of Bergen during field work north of Bergen on the west coast of Norway.

    A contribution to the ocean science decade

    A new interdisciplinary project to create research leaders for marine sustainability is a prime part of the University of Bergen’s engagement with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

    Marine microorganisms in a a watertank at the Sars Centre at the University of Bergen.

    Ocean science in the age of Covid-19

    How can the ocean provide knowledge and research for the medicine and food of the future? The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the world community that biodiversity is key to securing solutions for the future and how dependent we are of the secrets of the ocean.

    UNAI logo wheel

    In October 2018, the University of Bergen was appointed official Hub for SDG 14: Life below water by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). Read more about this.