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The Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics

The Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics conducts cross-disciplinary research of natural and human-induced changes in the ocean with the aim of increasing the sustainable harvest of marine living resources. Since climate change and other drivers alter the marine environment at unprecedented rates, our ability to predict marine ecosystem dynamics in the near and longer future hinges on a thorough understanding of the mechanisms that govern species dynamics and interactions. Through a partnership between institutions having complementary strengths and competences, the Hjort Centre is in an ideal position to address this challenge.

The Hjort Centre is a collaboration between the Institute of Marine Research, the University of Bergen, Uni Research, and the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center and is located in Bergen, Norway. It was opened in February 2014 by the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg.

Johan Hjort Symposium on Recruitment Dynamics and Stock Variability

The Hjort Symposium was attended by 130 participants from 23 countries across the world. Their expertise covered a broad range of disciplines of marine research, ranging from fundamental biology via stock assessment methodology to large scale oceanographic modeling, making it possible within this symposium to address recent progresses made within several of those novel theories postulated by Dr Hjort 100 years ago. A special funding program was included to stimulate participation from early career members of this research community, both within and outside Europe. In line with Hjort’s classical 1914 book, the six single sessions were run consecutively to make it possible to integrate knowledge across themes to better address in a holistic way this challenging field of research.

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Hjort Scholars – deadline December 1, 2014

The deadline has now passed and a committee will evaluate the received applications as soon as possible. Hjort Scholars intend to increase co-operation between Hjort scientists and reputable scientists internationally whose research is deemed to promote scientific innovation and understanding of marine ecosystems, with the ultimate aim of increasing the sustainable harvest of living resources. 

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