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The EuroGOOS international conference

03.10.2017 - 05.10.2017

The EuroGOOS international conference takes place every three years. The conference provides a forum for a broad range of implementers and users of operational oceanography services, including marine scientists and technologists, private companies, and policymakers. The conference reviews the present ocean monitoring and forecasting capacities and oceanographic services, and identifies new science and technology priorities. It facilitates dialogue, experience sharing and future planning with both European and international partners and stakeholders, towards a more coordinated response to global challenges and societal needs related to seas and oceans.

Read more at eurogoos.imr.no

How much can we increase the sustainable harvest from the ocean?


The world needs more food. Today, only 2 % of what we eat comes from the oceans. The supply of seafood need to increase in the years ahead. Is it possible to harvest more and to use more of the seafood we already harvest for human consumption? On Day zero of NASF in Bergen, this is on the agenda.

We see many innovative projects coming up in the seafood industry both to use all parts of the fish caught and to harvest further down in the marine food chain. The primary bio production in the ocean is equal to that on land – giving a large potential for increased food supply from the ocean – food rich in proteins, fat and essential nutrients.

- Future food security will depend on a higher contribution from the marine ecosystems. We are  therefore proud to host this important seminar on different possibilities for increased harvest from the oceans, states Sissel Rogne, director of Institute of Marine Research.

The “lowest hanging fruit” is obviously to utilize fish offal and bycatch in world fisheries which today is mainly discarded at sea.  That might give an additional 15-20 million tons of marine fat and protein.

Another potential source are mesopelagic fish, a group of species living mainly between 200 and 1000 meters’ depth. This is probably the largest global fish resource, recently estimated at 10.000 million tons. A resource still not utilized and thus representing a large potential reserve for increased supply of marine oils and protein.

The possibilities for increased aquaculture production is great, given increased supplies of feed raw material – potentially from mesopelagic fish and plankton.

This side event is featuring the best knowledge and experience both from the industry, science and management. The focus will mainly be on the possibilities for increased food supply from the ocean through utilization of mesopelagic fish, discards and multi-tropical aquaculture.

Time: 7 March 2017 (09:00-16:00)
Venue: Radisson Blu Royal Hotell, Bergen

Contact persons and convener: Åsmund Bjordal, +47 906 96 701

FAO, UNIDO, the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), the National Institute for Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES) and the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries (fiskeridir).

Fskerifaglig forum: Annual meeting 2016

23.11.2016 - 24.11.2016

The Norwegian forum for development cooperation in fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic environment invites to the seminar:Private sector development in aquaculture; Potentials in developing countries

Venue: Scandic Bergen City Hotel, Bergen, Norway
Time: 23. og 24. November 2016

Programme and background


Inmartech 2016

04.10.2016 - 06.10.2016

The 10th International Marine Technician, INMARTECH 2016, Symposium will be held at Grieghallen, in Bergen, Norway 4.- 6.October 2016.  INMARTECH symposia were initiated with the purpose of providing a forum for marine technicians to meet and exchange knowledge and experiences, thereby aiming to improve equipment performance, deployment, and operational techniques during scientific cruises on research vessels.

The 17th Russian-Norwegian Symposium

16.03.2016 - 17.03.2016

The Symposium will be held in Bergen, Norway, March 16-17, 2016 at the Scandic Bergen City Hotel. Information about the hotel can be found at: www.scandichotels.com/Hotels/Norway/Bergen/Scandic-Bergen-City/

Thematic scope:

The main subject of the Symposium is the long-term sustainable management of living marine resources in the Northern Seas (Greenland, Iceland, Norwegian and Barents Seas). We invite contributions from scientists, managers, and stakeholders.

Theme session I: Evaluating long-term management plans

  • Current models for management strategy evaluations
  • New approaches for evaluating long term management plans
  • Parameterization, uncertainty and sensitivity

Theme session II: Harvest Control Rules in theory and in practice

  • Result and experiences from management strategy evaluations
  • Precautionary approach and maximum sustainable yield –guiding or binding?
  • Evaluations of the performance and compliance to long term management plans

Theme session III: Sustainable and optimal management

  • Multispecies and ecosystem considerations
  • Bioeconomical and social considerations
  • Balancing different objectives in determining harvest control rules beyond maximum sustainable yield considerations – views from stakeholders - scientists, managers and industry

Organizing Committee

Russia (PINRO): Konstantin Drevetnyak, Evgeny Shamray and Yury Kovalev

Norway (IMR): Bjarte Bogstad, Katja Enberg and Harald Gjøsæter

General Information

The symposium language is English (with no interpretations), and Proceedings of the symposium after editing by an editorial board will be published in the IMR/PINRO Joint Report Series. To be included in these proceedings, electronic Word versions of manuscripts with figures in jpg format must be submitted to Harald Gjøsæter and Yury Kovalev no later than March 30, 2016.

Travel expenses and accommodation shall be covered by participants.

New frontiers for blue growth


The future is in the oceans! Development has to be built on scientific knowledge! Norwegian marine science is a good match with European marine science! Where people meet, new relations are established.

Therefore, we take the opportunity to invite you to Norway House in Brussels on 20 October 2015 from 900 am to 1200 pm. We’ll present some of our strategic projects and we look forward to discuss with you.


0900 – 0955 Coffee and information
0955 – 1000 Welcome  Tore Nepstad 
1000 – 1030  Mareano, MarBank and Evidence Data; For Blue growth, Human & Ocean health – Kjersti Lie Gabrielsen  and Nils Olav Handegard  Download presentation
1030 – 1100 Technology for the future; Cutting edge on ecosystems and harvest – Espen Johnsen and Aud Vold  Download presentation
1100 – 1115  Aquaculture possibilities for Europe – can we learn from the Norwegian Atlantic salmon story? – Geir Lasse Taranger  Download presentation
1115 – 1130  The Arctic; Challenges for the future – Rolf Gradinger  Download presentation
1130 – 1145  New frontiers; Processes in coast and ocean – Svein Sundby  Download presentation
1145 – 1200 The Nansen program; for sustainable fisheries in developing countries – Åsmund Bjordal  Download presentation
1200   Lunch


FRAM Science Days

10.11.2015 - 11.11.2015

The 1st FRAM Science Days, taking place the 10-11th November 2015 in Tromsø, northern Norway, focus on the theme “Multi-stressors in the Arctic Marine Ecosystem”, and presents some of the research that have been performed during the first four years in the Fram Centre flagships programs.

The Arctic Ocean and its adjacent seas and coasts are currently undergoing unprecedented changes reflected in summer sea ice decline, warming, increased Atlantic water heat transport, freshening, retreat of glaciers, and ocean acidification. These changes are affecting the chemical and physical environment such as stratification, nutrient availability, air-sea gas exchange and light conditions. Consequently, these changes will impact the primary and secondary production and subsequently the whole marine ecosystem.

This year the organizing flagship programs are: “The Ocean Acidification”,” Coast and Fjord”, and “The Arctic Ocean” and will take place in Tromsø, northern Norway at the Fram Centre. Invited keynote speakers will introduce and describe several aspects of the occurring changes in the biogeochemical processes and the marine ecosystems in the Arctic Ocean, and in the transition zones such as the Barents Sea and high north coastal systems.

17th Russian-Norwegian Symposium

08.09.2015 - 10.09.2015

“Long-term sustainable management of living marine resources in the Northern Seas”

The 2015 Russian-Norwegian Fisheries Symposium, organized jointly by PINRO and IMR will be held in Bergen 8-10 September 2015 with the general topic of "Long-term sustainable management of living marine resources in the Northern Seas".

Further details regarding the three theme sessions, and registration information can be found in the downloadable pdf. Registration is open until 1 June 2015.

ICES to host an aquaculture dialogue meeting with stakeholders

01.06.2015 - 02.06.2015

The dialogue meeting will bring together policy-makers, managers, industry, and scientists, to identify the science and advisory needs for aquaculture.

The meeting, hosted by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), takes place 1-2 June in Bergen.

Read more and find registration info at ICEs website

Ocean Outlook

19.02.2015 - 20.02.2015

The pressures on the oceans of the world are increasing and at the same time climate models predict drastic changes in their composition and capacity with respect to biomass production, currents, temperature, salinity, chemistry, ice cover and so forth. In-depth knowledge about the oceans will be in high demand in the years to come in order to secure informed decision-making and best manage and safeguard marine resources and environments. This requires a firm grasp of the marine systems, their baseline conditions, the changes they are currently undergoing as well as those they will face in the time to come.

Meeting in Bergen

In the first Ocean Outlook meeting, which will alternate between Bergen and Woods Hole, we invite you to a 2-day meeting where we address healthy oceans in the face of the ongoing and anticipated climate change.

Johan Hjort Symposium 2014

06.10.2014 - 09.10.2014

On the 100 year anniversary of Johan Hjort's book "Fluctuations in the Great Fisheries of Northern Europe"  Bergen will be the host of the Johan Hjort Symposium on Recruitment Dynamics and Stock Variability.
This Symposium aims to summarise international state-of-the-art science on the topic of recruitment dynamics and stock variability in different waters.

read more: Johan Hjort Symposium 2014


17.09.2014 - 19.09.2014

The Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, and the Optimization Group of the Department of Informatics of the University of Bergen are organizing this workshop on applications of mathematical modelling, statistics and optimization in science and industry. 

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Future Oceans

23.06.2014 - 27.06.2014

The Integrated Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) Project will convene an Open Science Conference from 23-27 June 2014 in Bergen, Norway, with the goals of:

  •     highlighting research results from the IMBER project and activities
  •     promoting integrated syntheses of IMBER-relevant research
  •     developing a new global research agenda for marine biogeochemistry and ecosystems in the Anthropocene

The Call for Abstracts is open!  Deadline for abstract submission: 31 January 2014. Contributions are welcome from all marine research communities.

We encourage you to submit an abstract, and we look forward to meeting you in Bergen.

The International Project Office is located at and hosted by IMR, Bergen.

Read more about the programme, themes and speakes at the conferens homepage


48th Annual European Marine Biology Symposium

19.08.2013 - 23.08.2013

The European Marine Biology Symposium has been an annual event on the calendar of marine biologists since 1966. The EMBS has been hosted in 20 different European countries, this year it is held at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

The overarching theme of EMBS 48 is Biodiversity in a Changing Ocean. Research is proceeding actively on many fronts as we attempt to sustainably manage human activities in the ocean against a backdrop of climate change and ocean acidification.

We invite marine biologists of all codes to join us for stimulating symposium to be held in a collaborative atmosphere in the vibrant and welcoming city of Galway on Europe’s western margin.


French-Norwegian Marine Seminar

25.06.2013 - 26.06.2013

 The seminar will focus on the use of biosensors and physical sensors in marine environments, sustainable harvest, seafood safety and seafood processing technology. One of the objectives of the seminar is to strengthen Franco-Norwegian cooperation on marine issues.

The seminar is also being held to identify new topics and potential areas for collaboration under the HORIZON 2020 framework programme and to establish joint bilateral or European R&D projects. The seminar is open to all interested parties.

The seminar is hosted by the French Norwegian Foundation together with the Institute of Marine Research, the International Research Institute of Stavanger, Pôle Mer, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer and the French Embassy in Oslo.

Arctic Ocean Acidification

06.05.2013 - 09.05.2013

In May 2013 the International Conference on Arctic Ocean Acidification is in Bergen, the conferance takes a closer look at decline in pH. The change in marine ecosystems and biodiversity this will bring, creating new economic, social and policy challenges.

Program: http://amap.no/Conferences/aoa2013/ProvisionalProgramme.pdf

For those of you who has not yet registered, you are kindly asked to do so has soon as possible on the online registration: http://amap.no/Conferences/aoa2013/  Participants will receive a confirmation on final registration.

A group reservation has been made at the venue of the conference (Hotel Scandic Bergen City) which can bee bocked on a first-come-first-served basis before the cut-off date April 10, pls. see further information on how to book under item  “Hotel Accommodation” on the webpage.

North Atlantic Seafood 2013

05.03.2013 - 07.03.2013

The North Atlantic Seafood Forum is the world’s largest seafood business conference, and a leading executive meeting place for the seafood industry. In Bergen, March 5-7 2013, we expect 550-600 delegates from more than 30 countries and 350 companies to attend NASF.

NASF is a broad annual industry event covering all major facets of the seafood sectors. NASF focuses on the key network between cutting edge innovation, technology, research, policy, finance, trade and commercialisation. The 8th conference in 2013 is an exellent opportunity to meet and interact with the leading world seafood operators, and other key players, along with financial institutions from the world’s largest seafood capital market, all in the same venue. Around 100 speakers will present papers in 10 seminars over 3 days.

In 2013, we have an outstanding program, featuring more than 100 speakers in 10 seminars over 3 days, delivering real value to the delegates – our biggest and best yet! We welcome back for the 3rd time, 5 major European retailers to a unique seminar discussing consumer trends and the outlook for European retailing. We also continue our seminars on the Salmon, White Fish and Pelagic sectors, along with the MSC supported Sustainability Seminar.

A new feature is the “Marine Innovation Day” pre-conference seminar focusing on technical issues and cutting-edge themes for the aquaculture sector: “Global Aquaculture Solutions”. Another initiative is the “Global Fisheries Management and Policy” seminar involving key global players. Pareto is continuing the large investor and capital markets seminar involving the major stock exchange listed seafood company CEOs presenting their outlook.

Access to the JERICO Coastal Observatories and Calibration Facilities

14.01.2013 - 18.03.2013

The second call for access to the JERICO Coastal Observatories and Calibration Facilities is open from 14 January 2013 to 18 March 2013 with activities scheduled to start in the early summer of 2013 subsequent to a formal screening and selection process.

JERICO (Towards a Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatories) is a FP7 Project aiming at integrating European marine research infrastructures dedicated to automatic and sustained coastal observation (http://www.jerico-fp7.eu). As part of its Trans National Access (TNA) activity, JERICO offers opportunities to researchers or research teams (user groups) to access a selection of the facilities managed by the project’s consortium by organizing calls for research and technology development proposals.

The JERICO Consortium has just launched a second call offering TNA to different ferrybox lines in the Baltic Sea, the Greater North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, various fixed platforms and glider fleets based in the Greater North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Calibration laboratories are also being put up for access.

This is a unique opportunity for scientists and engineers to avail of high-quality, interlinked instrumented infrastructures operating in coastal and shelf-sea areas for carrying out research and/or testing activities. Interested users can request access to one or more facilities. JERICO will provide them with technical assistance, travel support and often many core measurements that may be necessary to their work. Visitors and projects will be selected on the basis of the quality and novelty of the proposed activities.

The P.I. and the majority of members of applying user groups, must be affiliated with institutions from EU Member States or States associated with the 7th Framework Programme. Members from outside the EU can also participate as long as they are not the majority in a group. The project duration has to be compatible with the available access quantity assigned to each facility.
(see http://www.jerico-fp7.eu/tna/calls-and-selection/second-call/access-facilities).

Please refer to the JERICO call page at http://www.jerico-fp7.eu/tna/calls-and-selection/second-call for details.

Arctic Frontiers 2013

20.01.2013 - 25.01.2013

Arctic Frontiers 2013 will be held at the University of Tromsø, Norway from Sunday 20 to Friday 25 January 2013.  The theme of the conference is 'Geopolitics and Marine Production  in a Changing Arctic'.

As with previous years the policy section will run for the first two days (Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 January 2013) followed by three days of science (Wednesday 23 January to Friday 25 January).  

Deadline for abstracts: 24. october 2012.

Systematic conservation planning

19.11.2012 - 20.11.2012

The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR) invites you to a seminar on Decision Support Tools for Monitoring and Evaluating Spatially Managed Marine Areas in Europe. Systematic conservation planning is a method for area prioritization whereby (1) a collection of sites designated as protected areas will be more likely effective in meeting conservation objectives, and (2) the “costs” (social, managerial, etc.) are minimised. A number of Decision Support Tools are available that can apply this approach in the marine environment. This Seminar will discuss the ways in which such Decision Support Tools can fit into planning processes generally, and specifically how they could be used to aid the tasks set out by the Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatially Managed Marine Areas (MESMA) Project.

Preliminary Program

Part I, 19 November

  • Key concepts in systematic conservation planning
  • What systematic conservation planning tools can and cannot do
  • Stakeholder interactions
  • Setting targets
  • Determining which costs to consider
  • Understanding, using, and communicating results from decision support tools
  • The Quest for “Good Environmental Status”: Can the systematic conservation method help us?

Part II, 20 November

  • Review of Day 1
  • Incorporating local knowledge into planning tools
  • Overview of common data issues
  • Goals and objectives of MESMA,
  • Discussion around MESMA data, data issues, and other considerations with regard to working with decision support tools.  

About the speaker

Jeff Ardron is President of the Board of PacMARA, the Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association, which is based in British Columbia, Canada, where he is from. (PacMARA is a leader in the development of good practices in the use of planning tools and has held instructional workshops throughout the world.) Currently, he lives in Germany working as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Sustainability (IASS), in Potsdam. His fellowship research is Maritime Governance in the Anthropocene. Previously, he was Director of the High Seas Program for the Marine Conservation Institute in Washington, DC. Before that, he was a senior scientific advisor on marine protected areas for the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. He has also consulted widely, recently for marine planning projects in West Africa, Canada, and Europe. A specialist in marine spatial planning, systematic conservation design, and international maritime policy, a central theme throughout his work is the bridging of marine science with policy development.


Ocean Outlook

19.02.2015 - 20.02.2015

The pressures on the oceans of the world are increasing and at the same time climate models predict drastic changes in their composition and capacity with respect to biomass production, currents, temperature, salinity, chemistry, ice cover and so forth. In-depth knowledge about the oceans will be in high demand in the years to come in order to secure informed decision-making and best manage and safeguard marine resources and environments. This requires a firm grasp of the marine systems, their baseline conditions, the changes they are currently undergoing as well as those they will face in the time to come.

Meeting in Bergen

In the first Ocean Outlook meeting, which will alternate between Bergen and Woods Hole, we invite you to a 2-day meeting where we address healthy oceans in the face of the ongoing and anticipated climate change.

Workshop:Acidification in aquatic environments

27.09.2011 - 29.09.2011

Workshop on acidification in aquatic environments: What can marine science learn from limnological studies of acid rain?Les mer om arrangementet:

Read more about the workshop: Acidification in aquatic environments

Arctic Frontiers 2015

18.01.2015 - 23.01.2015

Arctic Frontiers is an international arena on sustainable development in the Arctic. The conference addresses the management of opportunities and challenges to achieve viable economic growth with societal and environmental sustainability. The theme of Arctic Frontiers 2015 is Climate and Energy.

Time and venue: Tromsø, Norway, 18-23 jan 2015

More about the conference