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2021 OSB CONFERENCE

Climate change, the ocean and its people: Unprecedented challenges, workable solutions and a sustainable future

The third Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference takes place Thursday 21 October 1:00pm-3:45pm (CET). The conference is online and will soon open for registration.

Photo from the 2020 Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference, broadcast live from the University Aula in Bergen.
OCEAN RESILIENCE: From the 2020 Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference, broadcast live from the University Aula in Bergen.
Photo:
Eivind Senneset for University of Bergen

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The annual Ocean Sustainability Bergen (OSB) Conference offers a platform for students, researchers, and practitioners from around the world to come together and discuss the biggest threats facing our ocean, and explore innovative and practical solutions to combat these threats. The conference also serves to promote knowledge and activities related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular the work of the University of Bergen and other universities in Norway and around the world. This year, the OSB Conference aims to highlight one of the largest, and most complex, threats facing our ocean today: climate change.

The global sustainable future depends on the state of the ocean. The health of the ocean and human health are interconnected. Anthropogenic activities and their consequences impact, sometimes irreversibly, the ocean which in turn affects the health and well-being of the humans who depend on it. This delicate cycle is challenged ever more with the growing threat of climate change, and we are now in a race against ourselves to adapt to an unprecedented future.

PROGRAMME

13:00 Opening remarks

Professor Lise Øvreås, Scientific Director Ocean Sustainability Bergen, University of Bergen
Vice-Rector for Global Relations Annelin Eriksen, University of Bergen
Final opening remarks speaker TBC (10 minutes) TBC

13:20 The Ocean Sustainability Lecture

Keynote: TBC

13:40 Panel discussion 1

The problem of climate change and biodiversity loss is vast and multifaceted. There are many intricacies for its causes and impacts, which reflect the intricacies of the human world that is responsible for this problem. There is much about the ocean, its biological diversity and physical processes that are unknown, and equally challenging is understanding the People that rely on these biological and physical processes for their lives and livelihoods. In this discussion we will bring the ocean and its people to the forefront of the climate change problem, by focusing on three sub-themes:

  1. How climate change will affect marine biodiversity and ocean economy
  2. Climate change and the socioeconomic impacts of a rising ocean
  3. How climate change has a social impact on people living by the sea

Each panellist will hold a 3-minute introduction. A 30-minute moderated panel discussion will follow. 
Panellists TBC:

Moderator: Professor Tor Eldevik, Head of the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen

14:25 Break

Video presentation of Design Thinking workshop with 30 master students from the University of Bergen, NHH Norwegian School of Economics and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

14:45 Panel discussion 2

The future of our ocean depends on everyone’s effort. How can we focus on solutions rather than conflicts/problems?

Each panellist will hold a 3-minute presentation. A 30-minute moderated panel discussion will follow.

Panellists TBC:

Moderator: Professor Tor Eldevik, Head of the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen

15:30 Closing remarks

Professor Lise Øvreås, Scientific Director Ocean Sustainability Bergen, University of Bergen