Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability (SEAS)

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Grafikk med marine dyr og marin teknologi

SEAS is a career and mobility fellowship programme for 37 postdoctoral research fellows within marine sustainability. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034309.

Marine and coastal areas face multifaceted challenges, threatening biodiversity and humanity on a global scale. To have an impact on marine sustainability, there is an urgent need to integrate perspectives and insights from a diverse range of fields and sectors.

The SEAS programme brings together a variety of aspects of marine sustainability, involving all UiB faculties, and many academic and non-academic partners.

We have had four calls for a total of 37 fellowships (in 2021, 2022, 2023 and the latest with application deadline January 2024). We have one final Call open now (deadline June 10th, 2024), for one single fellowship the Law faculty.

You can find information about our current SEAS fellows here

Professor Katja Enberg holder åpningsforelesningen ved årets samling for SEAS-forskerne.

Shaping the next generation of ocean research leaders

Just around the corner from where Johan Hjort did part of his groundbreaking research on herring, the next generation of ocean research leaders are gathered for the first time.


Creating future research leaders for marine sustainability

The UN Ocean Science Decade gets off to a flying start through the University of Bergen’s new interdisciplinary SEAS Fellowship Programme. For the next 5 years, UiB will be training a new generation of marine research leaders and decision makers to ensure sustainable oceans.

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.


Partners of UiB's SEAS programme

The SEAS programme has a wide range of partner organisations, including research and technological organisations and parties from the industrial sector.

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Midnattsol på forskningstokt i Norskehavet, august 2016. Foto: Emil Jeansson

UiB among top ocean universities

Once again, the University of Bergen is ranked among the top ten oceanography universities in the world.

SEAS will facilitate international mobility of high-potential, experienced researchers, and provide exposure to world-class international working environments, networks, supervision, and training. The postdoctoral research fellows will be part of a support and training scheme that will give the opportunity to build highly valued competencies in the competitive international academic and non-academic job markets.

Marine collaboration among the academic, business, government, and civil society (e.g., NGOs) sectors is particularly strong in the Bergen region, given the city’s long history as a maritime port and trading centre. UiB’s campus-area, Marineholmen, is a marine hotspot in Europe, with over 150 companies and organisations collaborating in seafood, energy, subsea technology, and other maritime activities. Many of these are partners of the SEAS programme and can provide mentoring, secondments, and collaboration opportunities.

The SEAS programme will boost UiB’s long-standing cooperation with industry partners and public institutions, united in their support to accelerate “blue growth” and enhance the region’s potential to create marine jobs and innovations within a guiding framework of sustainable marine development.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034309.