Ocean Sustainability Bergen

Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference 2020: Treasures from the Sea

Science, technology and management systems for healthy and productive oceans are the topics for the second Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference on 11 November 2020.

OSB Conference 2020
Åshild Nylund

In this second Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference we are emphasising on ocean resources and how these may include solutions for a growing population and livelihood for coastal communities.

  • The official conference hashtag: #OSB2020

The conference invites scholars and decision-makers to discuss:

  • How can we enhance knowledge production and knowledge sharing and collaboration across sectors and borders to secure a sustainable and efficient use of ocean resources?
  • How can we collaborate across institutions, borders and across North-South to secure that the ocean is predictable, clean, safe and healthy?
  • How can science play a stronger role in the management and extraction of resources from the ocean?
  • What role can universities play to increase ocean literacy in a broader sense?
  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, what treasures does the ocean hide in the search for new medicines?



Opening remarks

 Scientific Director Lise Øvreås, Ocean Sustainability Bergen
 Rector Dag Rune Olsen, University of Bergen
 Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Nikolai Astrup, Government of Norway
13:15The Ocean Sustainability Bergen Lecture
 Ambassador Peter Thomson, Special Envoy for the Ocean, UN
13:35Treasures from the Sea

The global population is growing and consequently also demand for food. Only a small portion of human consumption stems from the Ocean which even in 2020 to a large extent remains unexplored. In addition, the ocean carries vast energy and mineral resources and may be key in finding new medicines.

What are the scenarios for ocean health in relation to sustainable ocean food, mineral and energy production? How can the ocean provide us with new medicine? How do we ensure genetic resources from the ocean are shared as a common good?


Panellist: Fridtjof Unander, Executive Director, Research Council of Norway
Panellist: Christofer Troedsson, CEO, Ocean Tunicell AS
Panellist: Per Grieg jr, Chairman of the Board, Grieg Seafood

More Panellists TBA


Moderator: Professor Anne Lise Fimreite, University of Bergen

14:20Break and Student Poster Presentations
14:40From Pins to Action

As society moves into the Anthropocene, the concept of “transformative change” has entered the policy discourse, and thus the ocean is key to achieving important societal goals. The Decade of Ocean Science is approaching calling for scientists, policy makers, managers, and service users join forces in ensuring that ocean science brings greater benefits for the ocean ecosystem and for society alike.

Enforcing the science-policy interface and building on a greater range of ocean knowledge will be of great importance. As will closing the knowledge gaps amongst countries and taking into consideration the needs of coastal communities.

How can knowledge sharing, and open data facilitate good management along the coasts? What are the positive and negative effects of ecosystem-based management?   Why are global consumption levels unsustainable?


Panellist: Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and Assistant Director General of UNESCO
Panellist: Martin Visbeck, Prof, Dr., Head of the Research Unit Physical Oceanography, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Panellist: Dorothy Jane Dankel, Researcher, University of Bergen
Panellist: Birgit Kopainsky, Professor, University of Bergen

More Panellists TBA

 Moderator: Anne Lise Fimreite, Professor, University of Bergen
15:35Summing up
 Lise Øvreås, Scientific Director, Ocean Sustainability Bergen
 Edvard Hviding, Professor, University of Bergen

In 2021 the International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development will start calling for collaboration and sharing of data and knowledge across sectors, borders and levels. In 2020 a number of targets in the Sustainable Development Goals are to be delivered upon and countries started the year discussing how to reach these targets. This year’s maturing targets deal to a large extent with biodiversity, one of the many challenges facing the world. These targets and the Decade of Ocean Science will form the backdrop for the conference.

The conference is free of charge

Online from The University Aula, Bergen

The virtual door opens at 12.00