The Fridtjof Nansen Lectures on Ocean Life 2016

Welcome! Among others, the marine biologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Sylvia A. Earle will tell about "Exploring the Deep Frontier". Open for all.

This is the launch of a new annual lecture series in support of international research on sustainable use of marine systems.

As part of this event we will celebrate the success of the Nordic Centre of Excellence NorMER.

All are welcome! The event is held in English.


Monday 20 June. Start at 10.15, end at 13.15.


Nils Chr. Stenseth, Chair of NorMER
"Presentation of the NorMER final Report"

Main lecture

Sylvia A. Earle, Marine biologist
"Exploring the Deep Frontier"

Abstract: More has been learned about the nature of life in the sea in the past century than during all preceding history, and the pace is picking up. At the same time, more dramatic changes have taken place owing to human activities that have altered the chemistry and composition of marine ecosystems. New technologies will be described that provide unprecedented access - and insight - into the nature of the ocean, into changes taking place, and to the consequences that affect the future of humankind.

Bio: Sylvia Alice Earle (born August 30, 1935) is an American marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998. Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998. Source: Wikipedia. See also Sylvia A. Earle's National Geographic profile.

Video presentations:

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
"International cooperation to address global marine issues" (video presentation)

Simon Levin, Princeton University, and member of the NorMER Centre Advisory Panel
"Nordic marine research" (video presentation)

James Hurrell, NorMER Centre Advisory Panel
"Honoring Fridtjof Nansen" (video presentation)



Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir, NORDSTAR Leader/ University of Iceland
"NorMER and Beyond the Added Nordic Value"

Anne Maria Eikeset, CEES Researcher
"Marine research: A Broader Context and Life Sciences"

Jostein Sundet, NordForsk
"How the Nordic Region Aims to Meet Global Challenges"

Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector of the University of Oslo
"Carrying the legacy of Nansen at UiO"

Panel discussion

Chaired by Siri Lill Mannes


Published May 13, 2016 1:40 PM - Last modified Mar. 8, 2021 1:03 PM