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THE OCEAN is initiated by a broad range of partners aiming to provide the most important and relevant event for new discoveries, connections and collaborations across ocean industries. 

The 2021 partners: University of Bergen, Institute of Marine Research, GCE Ocean Technology, NCE Seafood Innovation, VIS, NORCE, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, DNB, City of Bergen, PwC, NCE Maritime CleanTech, Invest in Bergen, Blue Days and Haltenbanken.

Steering Commitee

Owe Hagesæther, GCE Ocean Technology  (Leader)
Nina Stangeland , NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster
Geir Lasse Taranger,  Havforskningsinstituttet
Elin Sjødin Drange,  Bergen kommune
Nils Gunnar Kvamstø, Universitetet i Bergen
Stine Fiksdal, VIS
Leif Håkonsen, DNB

Irmelin Grønevik, Project Manager

Programme Commitee

  • Nina Stangeland (Leader), NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster
  • Krister Hoaas, Lerøy Seafood
  • Kai Stoltz, GCE Ocean Technology
  • Torleif Gustavsen, Aanderaa Data Instruments
  • Tove Ormevik, Aker BP
  • Dag Raymond Rask, DOF Subsea
  • Michelle Williams, Grieg Logistics
  • Geir Lasse Taranger, Havforskningsinstituttet
  • Nils Gunnar Kvamstø, Universitetet i Bergen
  • John Tveit, Høgskulen på Vestlandet
  • Birgitte Sørheim, Benchmark
  • Iselin Solberg, DNB
  • Andre Akse, North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF)
  • Hogne Tyssøy
  • Lars Jacob Engelsen, Norled
  • Rolf Røssland, NUI
  • Maria Hanedalen Bøthun, DNB
  • Hans Kleivdal, NORCE
  • Hege Økland, NCE Martime Cleantech
  • Dag Finne, VIS
  • Vidar Århus, Bergen kommune
  • Torbjørn Torsvik, PwC


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.”

Nina Stangeland

Managing Director, NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster and Leader of the Program Committee

“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.”

Nils Gunnar 

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.”

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.”

Leif Håkonsen

SVP, Head of Strategic Business Support, Ocean Industries, DNB Corporate Banking

“The Ocean has been an important part of Norwegian business life for generations and DNB has long traditions as a global leading seafood, energy and maritime Bank. We see growth in research and innovation with positive impact on healthy oceans and the need to speed this up even more. Complex projects demand strong collaborative arenas across industry clusters, research, private and public sector. The OCEAN is such an arena where ideas can lead to new opportunities and solutions.»

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