Bergen Summer Research School

BSRS 2013 Roundtable Discussions

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Global Change, Food Security and Ethical Challenges

Tuesday 18 June, 16:00 - 17:00, Law Faculty, Auditorium 2

On this day 80 million barrels of oil will be pumped out of the ground. The ground water will decrease with half a billion cubic meters. There will be 140 square kilometres of forest lost. 330 square kilometres will turn into deserts. 200 000 more people will need food, safe drinking water, energy to cook. One hundred million tons of CO2 will be released into the atmosphere. Ocean and land temperatures will continue to rise, ice sheets melt, sea level rise, precipitation patterns change, extreme summer temperatures become more frequent, and droughts and crop failure will increasingly jeopardize the welfare of human beings.

Today one billion people are malnourished. At the same time 1.5 billion people eat too much. Persistent poverty, environmental degradation and poor governance are widespread but avoidable. What should be the responsibility of the powerful states, the intergovernmental organizations, the international corporations, the individual citizens, in achieving a more sustainable, equitable and harmonious world where basic needs are met for all human beings?

Discussion leader:

Professor Tore Furevik, Geophysics, Climate Dynamics,
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiB


  • Dr Ambekar E. Eknath, Director General of Network of Aquaculture Centres, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC
  • Dr Thomas Winfried Menko Pogge, Director of the Global Justice Program, Yale, USA
  • Dr A. Atiq Rahman, director of the Banglades



Is Seafood Good for You?

Tuesday 25 June, 16:00 - 17:00, Law Faculty, Auditorium 2

Dietary guidelines all over the world recommend consuming at least 2 portions of fish per week. Many species of fish are an excellent source of polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin D, among other nutrients. However, as with many dietary guidelines, a critical evaluation of this reveals that the scientific evidence underlying this recommendation can be disputed. Epidemiologists and toxicologists are able to discover fish consumers due to their higher levels of mercury and other persistent pollutants in their blood, which may limit any positive health effect of fish consumption. Therefore, we will discuss the positive and negative health effects of fish consumption in this roundtable discussion.

Discussion leader:

Professor Jutta Dierkes, Department of Clinical Medicine, Section Clinical Nutrition, UiB


  • Amund Måge, National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research
  • Anders Goksøyr, Department of Biology, UiB
  • To be announced, Department of Clinical Medicine, UiB



Challenges for young scientists

Thursday 27 June, 16:00 - 17:00, Law Faculty, Auditorium 2

At the final roundtable of BSRS 2013 a panel of experienced researchers will discuss a range of issues which are important for the future careers of young scientists:

ethical challenges, career options, networking and how to communicate with the public.

Discussion leader:

Inger Elisabeth Måren, Department of Geography, UiB


  • Peter Kareiva, The Nature Conservancy, USA
  • Gro Th. Lie, Academic Leader of UiB Global
  • Olanrewaju Olusoji Olujimi, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • Vigdis Vandvik, Department of Biology / Leader of BSRS 2013, UiB