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Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference 2020: Treasures from the Ocean

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


Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference 2020 - (stikkordversjon)

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Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference 2020: Treasures from the Ocean
Science, technology and management systems for a healthy and productive ocean

Broadcast directly from the University Aula in Bergen.
Registration is free and open to all.
Virtual doors open at 12:00 (local time), the conference proper starts at 13:00.

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

 Lise Øvreås, Scientific Director, Ocean Sustainability Bergen
 Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, University of Bergen
 Nikolai Astrup, Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Government of Norway: Mankind needs clean oceans. The time to act is now
13:15The Ocean Sustainability Bergen Lecture
 Ambassador Peter Thomson, Special Envoy for the Ocean, UN
13:35Treasures from the Ocean

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?


Each panellist will hold a 5 minute presentation. A 30 minute panel discussion will follow.

  1. Anya Waite, CEO, Ocean Frontier Institute, Dalhousie University: An Ocean of Information
  2. Fridtjof Unander, Executive Director - Oceans, Energy and Sustainability, Research Council of Norway: Knowledge needs for an ocean of opportunities
  3. Marit Reigstad, Professor, UiT the Arctic University of Norway: An ocean of unknowns. Building knowledge for changing systems
  4. Line Kjelstrup, Cluster Manager, Biotech North: New solutions with the help of marine biotechnology
  5. Per Grieg jr, Chairman of the Board, Grieg Seafood: Passion for Improvement
 Moderator: Professor Anne Lise Fimreite, University of Bergen
14:30Break and Student Poster Presentations
14:50From 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 to join forces in ensuring that ocean science brings greater benefits for ocean ecosystem and 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?


Each panellist will hold a 5 minute presentation. A 30 minute panel discussion will follow.

  1. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Assistant Director General of UNESCO: Motivation and Vision for the Ocean Decade, with invitation to brainstorm on how to contribute
  2. Martin Visbeck, Head of Research Unit Physical Oceanography, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel: From Ocean Observation towards Sustainable Development - Digital Twins of the Ocean
  3. Dorothy Jane Dankel, Researcher, University of Bergen: SDG synergies emerge when targeting sustainable development
  4. Fredrik Myhre, Senior Adviser, Fisheries & Marine Conservation at WWF, Executive Director, Hjelp Havets Haier: An ocean of problems & opportunities
  5. Birgit Kopainsky, Professor, University of Bergen: Connecting the Dots: Systems Thinking as a Unifying Language in Interdisciplinary Work
 Moderator: Professor Anne Lise Fimreite, University of Bergen
15:45Summing up
 Lise Øvreås, Scientific Director, Ocean Sustainability Bergen
 Edvard Hviding, Scientific Director, SDG Bergen Science Advice

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.