Steering Committee | THE OCEAN 2020

Nils Gunnar Kvamstø
Professor and Marine Dean, University of Bergen

“The University of Bergen wants to contribute to innovative solutions for sustainable use of marine resources. For many years we have had marine sciences and sustainability as focus areas. As the largest institution for marine research and education in Norway, we see THE OCEAN as a very important meeting place.”

Nina Stangeland
Managing Director, NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster

“The Seafood Innovation Cluster´s vision is to enable sustainable seafood growth. Our mission is to build an ecosystem for growth and competitiveness in Norwegian seafood. THE OCEAN focus on sustainable growth of the ocean industries. The event gathers actors with dedication to cutting-edge technology and a vision that sharing knowledge across ocean industries gives new opportunities and growth.”

Geir Lasse Taranger
Vice Director and Research Director, Institute of Marine Research

“The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, which has a key role as an scientific knowledge provider and advisor both for government and ocean industries, see THE OCEAN conference in Bergen as an important meeting place between the ocean industries, science and ocean managers to share ideas and foster new solutions for sustainable ocean use.”

Solveig Holm
Project Manager THE OCEAN 2020 and Senior Advisor in NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster

“With THE OCEAN, we will facilitate sharing of knowledge and interaction that provides new discoveries, connections and collaborations. We will enable the development of innovative solutions and technologies across the ocean industries as well as highlighting existing solutions, products and services that contribute to increased value creation in the ocean economy.”

Owe Hagesæther
CEO, GCE Ocean Technology and Leader of the Steering Committee

“GCE Ocean Technology believes that by creating an arena where the ocean industries come together, we will all increase our ability to share technology and competence. THE OCEAN enables us to expand our networks and sharing new ideas and solutions across the different sectors.”

Stine Fiksdal

“It´s important that we combine research and innovation when we develop new sustainable solutions for the ocean. VIS connects research institutions, entrepreneurs, industry and the public sector. Together we develop research based innovation projects that makes an impact on industry and society. The OCEAN is a venue that contributes to connect these stakeholders.”

Elin Sjødin Drange
Head of Business Development, City of Bergen

“The ocean industries - marine, maritime and energy - are the most important basic industries for Bergen, the Bergen region and Western Norway. We want to contribute in making our strong knowledge, innovation and business environments within the ocean industries known to the world. THE OCEAN becomes an important collaborative arena, also contributing to the visibility of our world-leading environments locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.”