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Jarl Giske speaks at HAVlunsj.
Jarl Giske, Marine Dean at University of Bergen, spoke about the importance of marine development at HAVlunsj.

From global trends to local opportunities

What opportunities and challenges will the ocean industry meet in 2018? How can the co-location at Marineholmen generate increased value creation for the companies and research institutions in the area? These were some of the questions addressed at HAVlunsj 12th December.

HAVlunsj is an informal meeting place for the ocean industries, with a special focus on competence building and networking. The events are popular, and more than 100 people attended the last HAVlunsj of 2017.

Great potential

The main speaker was Professor Jarl Giske, Marine Dean at University of Bergen (UiB). Giske addressed the great opportunities for the marine sector, and said that he believes that marine development will be even more important in the future.

– Marine development is not only important for us, but it is important for the whole world. Many of the global challenges cannot be solved without using the ocean, he said.

The University has a long-standing history and a great presence at Marineholmen, with several research facilities situated in the area. They are currently establishing a Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Innovations (CSAI) at Marineholmen, and in 2016, they opened the Norwegian Ocean Laboratory together with The Institute of Marine Research and Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. Through shared facilities, the owners will focus on cooperation and innovation.

– Marineholmen is unique. Many actors with a high level of competence in the marine discipline are gathered in a small area, and the potential is great, Giske told the audience.

More than 150 companies and institutions, including more than 5000 employees, are currently situated at Marineholmen. The entire marine value chain is represented – from education and research to innovation and industry. The latter will be strengthened in 2018, when the big marine companies Lerøy and Cargill are moving to Marineholmen. Both companies were invited to HAVlunsj to talk about why they are moving to Marineholmen and what they hope to achieve. We welcome them, and look forward to cooperate in the time to come.

Helping the industry

Together with some of the leading institutions on research and innovation in our region, BTO are currently working on the project MobiFORSK on behalf of Hordaland Fylkeskommune and the Research Council of Norway. Kari Øritsland, Senior Buisness Developer at BTO, talked about how we can help industry to find funding opportunities and research partners for their marine projects.

– The co-localisation allows us to work closer together to address the challenges in the ocean industry, said Øritsland.

The project’s main objective is to strengthen and mobilize companies and clusters of companies in Hordaland to make greater use of research-based innovation. Within the field of bioeconomy, we will help companies to identify and define R&D challenges in development projects – and to connect them to the best-suited R&D competence. Read more about the project here.

About HAVlunsj

HAVlunsj is a series of lunch meetings organized by Bergen Teknologioverføring (BTO), Maritime Bergen, GCE Subsea, NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster, NCE Maritime CleanTech and Marineholmen. HAVlunsj is organized once a month, usually on a Thursday.

The lunch meetings are open for everyone, and is a great arena to meet others in the ocean industry. We serve free lunch to all attendees.  Follow us on Facebook to stay updated on the coming events!