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IMBER and the Hjort Centre join forces


The IMBER International Project Office (IPO) and the Hjort Centre Secretariat recently celebrated their co-location at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway.

On 19 March 2015, with about 30 guests, good food and drinks, speeches and singing, the international IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research, http://www.imber.info) project and the Bergen Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics (http://www.hjortcentre.no) marked the co-location of their leadership at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen, Norway. Both have overall objectives of understanding and quantifying the dynamics of marine and coastal ecosystems, describing their state, and (as far as possible) predicting and projecting changes including developing future scenarios based on options for human interference under varying and changing weather and climate. This will contribute to secure productive, healthy and sustainable ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations.

IMBER and the Hjort Centre are complimentary. The core of the “Hjort-scientists” are from Bergen (IMR, UiB, NERSC, Uni Res) and focus mainly on the northern Atlantic and the Arctic Oceans, while IMBER integrates and coordinates researchers and research around the globe. This creates possibilities to compare processes and mechanisms in different ecosystems to evaluate which are general and which are site specific. While the Hjort Centre also investigates the potential for harvesting more food from the ocean in a sustainable way, IMBER has a clear goal to integrate marine science with research on social, political, governance and economic mechanisms, and most importantly, communicating marine and human research with stake holders and the general public. This includes motivating and educating students and early career marine scientists.

By co-locating we will contribute to:

  1. faster progress in understanding marine ecology
  2. a faster and improved approach towards ecosystem-based marine management
  3. improving the international visibility of IMBER research and the Hjort Centre
  4. improving our participation in the debate on global marine challenges
  5. improving the impact of research on policy and implementation
  6. improving the recruitment of, and job opportunities, for early career scientists
IMBER & Hjort Centre

The IMBER IPO is lead by the director Einar Svendsen, pictured on the left (einar@imr.no) greatly supported by Lisa Maddison (lisa.maddison@imr.no), Veslemoy Kjersti Villanger (veslemoy.kjersti.villanger@imr.no) and Bernard Avril (bernard.avril@imr.no) (with guidance from the Scientific Steering Commitee of 15 researchers around the globe, chaired by Eileen Hofmann, USA). The Hjort Centre secretariat is led by director Olav Sigurd Kjesbu (olav.sigurd.kjesbu@imr.no) greatly supported by Silje Seim (silje.elisabeth.seim@imr.no) (with guidance from a “core group” of researchers at the individual institutes).