MAR-ECO Second International Workshop will be held in Bergen from 11-13 January 2003. Members of the press are invited to attend an informal presentation by some of the key participants in Scandic Hotel, at 11:30, Monday 13 January.
MAR-ECO is a large international research project that began in 2001. The project is undertaking a challenging exploration of the deep waters of the northern mid-Atlantic ocean. The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and the University of Bergen are joint co-ordinators of the project.
This year's second MAR-ECO Workshop will include 54 participants from 15 different countries around the North Atlantic. The workshop's programme reflects that the project is approaching the end of its planning phase and entering its field phase. The workshop discussions will largely focus on practical issues relating to the work of the field phase. The scientific plans and descriptions of component projects are available on project's web site (www.mar-eco.no). Public Outreach initiatives are also coming along including plans for a full-length documentary and a collaborative initiative with Norwegian artist Ørnulf Opdahl.
A major task for the workshop will be cruise planning, including the two-month cruise during the summer 2004 on the Norwegian state-of-the-art research vessel, the G.O. Sars, which will be launched during the spring of 2003. Preliminary plans for this cruise can be found on the project's web site. A series of 'one-pagers' about different aspects of the project are also available.
Please contact one of the following for further information:
Elinor Bartle, tel. 55 58 31 80
Odd Aksel Bergstad, tel. 37 05 90 19
Jo Høyer, tel. 55 23 85 21