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NTNU Oceans is one of four strategic research areas at NTNU. Our vision is "Knowledge for a sustainable ocean".

Research Areas

Assessing consequences of harvesting plankton for fish feed (iCoast, Ø Leiknes).

Five sector-specific focus areas reflect the activities in the blue economy. One overarching area is concerned with the marine environment and society.

Maritime transport

Into the deep ocean

Polar science and technology

Sustainable seafood and marine bioresources

Marine minerals and renewables

Marine environment, society and sustainability


Research Infrastructure

Sealab histology lab. Photo: E Kjorsvik.

NTNU offers a wide range of specialised facilities for use in marine research and education. These include large marine model basins, experimental test facilities, analytical laboratories, field stations, a research vessel and a state-of-the-art instrumentation park.

Research Activities

Pilot Projects

Multidisciplinary and highly innovative research activities initiated by NTNU Oceans that deal with complex challenges in the ocean environment.

National Research Centres

European and International Projects

NTNU Oceans is involved in a number of research, innovation and coordination actions, in Horizon 2020, FP7 and other programmes.

National and Regional Projects

Marine and maritime activities are corner stones of the Norwegian economy. Main funding sources are The Research Council of Norway, regional funds and the industry itself.

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Director: Professor Ingrid Schjølberg

Coordinator: Alexandra Neyts

Representative at JPI Oceans: Anastasios Lekkas

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Ocean Week

Next edition of NTNU Ocean Week
9–12 May 2016, Trondheim, Norway


Oceans workshop in Brussels

NTNU Oceans held, in collaboration with the University in Bergen, a workshop on OCEAN SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY, at the occasion of the opening of NTNUs office in Brussels. Interesting presentations from researchers, industry and organisations stressed the value of collaboration across sectors, disciplines and stakeholder groups in the marine and maritime area. 


Testing of Kontiki at NTNU

As preperation for the Kontiki 2 expedition, models of new rafts were tested at the NTNU laboratories. Since it is not known exactly how the original rafts where shaped, and since the raft used by Thor Heyerdahl on his famous Kontiki expedition didn’t perform too well as a sailing craft, various design options were worked out by Higraff and his team in cooperation with ass. Prof. Håvard Holm and prof. Sverre Steen. NTNU is also cooperating with Kontiki 2 to equip the rafts with the latest in sensor technology and navigational instrumentation, and to collect large amounts of oceanographic data during the voyage in November.

International Energy Agency (IEA) meeting

Team up for a new task in the IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement, dealing with hydrogen in marine applications. Meet experts across the knowledge value chain in Oslo, Norway, on 20-21 January 2016. 

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