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UNESCO chair established at the University of Bergen

The UNESCO Chair will focus on Sustainable Heritage and Environmental Management, Nature and Culture.

BIOSPHERE AREA: The northern part of Hordaland is promoted as a Biosphere Area.
Eivind Senneset


After several years of planning the University of Bergen (UiB) establishes an UNESCO Chair with Sustainable Heritage and Environmental Management, Nature and Culture as its central themes.

The chair is connected to experience from several cross-disciplinary research projects at UiB, and the ongoing work on establishing the first Norwegian biosphere area.

UiB’s application for the UNESCO Chair is written in consultation with Laval University, Canada, which has had an UNESCO Chair of Cultural Heritage for several years.

The UNESCO Chair at UiB will establish one professorship, as well as part positions at five of UiB’s departments.

The professorship will be part of UNESCO’s international network UNITWIN, which spans close to 800 universities world wide and a range of disciplines. Through this network, higher education and research institutions all over the globe pool their resources, to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies. In many instances, the Networks and Chairs serve as think tanks and as bridge builders between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making.

The biosphere programme Man and the Biosphere is central to the UNESCO Chair at UiB. The northern part of Hordaland county is now promoted as a possible first Norwegian biosphere area. The UNESCO conventions The World Heritage List, The Intangible Cultural Heritage and The Diversity of Cultural Expressions are natural fields of research for the UNESCO Chair at UiB.