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NTNU becomes partner in GCE Subsea

NTNU is joining GCE-Subsea because we see an increased need for companies, academia and R&D institutions to collaborate to develop world leading and cost-effective subsea solutions, says...

NTNU is joining GCE-Subsea because we see an increased need for companies, academia and R&D institutions to collaborate to develop world leading and cost-effective subsea solutions, says Director of Ocean Science and Technology NTNU, Professor Ingrid Schjølberg.

There is also a large potential for increasing the number of bachelor and master thesis within this area. We expect GCE Subsea to be visible in the student community and encourage collaboration with our student organisations. We believe that GCE Subsea will prove to be a useful forum for exchange of both industry and research ideas and results. Our partnership will give us more opportunities for research collaboration with other R&D institutions and the companies in the industry, Professor Schjølberg concludes.

For more information, see GCE Subsea web site

Nature and Science articles about NTNU research on Arctic polar night

  NTNU Professor Geir Johnsen  and colleagues found out that during the polar nights, when light levels from the atmosphere are extremely low, bioluminescent organisms...

 

NTNU Professor Geir Johnsen and colleagues found out that during the polar nights, when light levels from the atmosphere are extremely low, bioluminescent organisms take over and become a determining factor in the marine ecology structure.

Read about the groundbreaking findings in their new article in Nature's "Science Reports": "Bioluminescence as an ecological factor during high Arctic polar night" (2 November 2016)

BBC features the discovery and interviewed one of the partner researchers, Prof. Mark Moline: "The ocean organisms that 'light up' when agitated" (3 November 2016)

Science Magazine also covers the findings: "In the polar ‘twilight zone,’ these unusual sea creatures outshine the starlight" (4 November 2016)

Discover the wonders of the dark seas yourself and visit the polar night exhibition at the NTNU University Museum in Trondheim!

Two Centres for Excellence in Education Initiative at NTNU

The Centres for Excellence in Education Initiative ('SFU-ordningen' in Norwegian) is a prestigious national initiative for higher education. SFU status is awarded to academic communities that...

The Centres for Excellence in Education Initiative ('SFU-ordningen' in Norwegian) is a prestigious national initiative for higher education.

SFU status is awarded to academic communities that have already demonstrated excellent quality and innovative practices in education and that have plans in place for further development and innovation. One of the important requirements the centres have to meet is that they must disseminate their results and knowledge.

On 1 November 2016, SFU status was awarded to four new centers, two of which hosted by NTNU: 

 

National children's TV at NTNUs Research vessel

The Norwegian TV documentary series "Litt av en jobb!" (What a job!) let children try different types of jobs. This episode shows Johanna and Sivert on board of NTNUs research...

The Norwegian TV documentary series "Litt av en jobb!" (What a job!) let children try different types of jobs. This episode shows Johanna and Sivert on board of NTNUs research vessel Gunnerus. They send down an underwater robot (ROV) in the Trondheimsfjord to look for corals and other exciting marine life in the dark depths of the sea.

DNV GL COMPIT Award 2016 to NTNU researcher

DNV GL COMPIT Award 2016 to NTNU researcher NTNU Ålesund Prof. Henrique M. Gaspar was awarded the DNV GL COMPIT Award 2016. The Brazilian CAD (computational aided design)...

DNV GL COMPIT Award 2016 to NTNU researcher

NTNU Ålesund Prof. Henrique M. Gaspar was awarded the DNV GL COMPIT Award 2016. The Brazilian CAD (computational aided design) expert was honoured for his work on merging innovative digital technologies in ship design and operation.

“Professor Gaspar’s work merges innovative technologies and promotes open, transparent cooperation in the maritime industries,” says COMPIT organizer Volker Bertram from DNV GL. “His work is an interesting contribution to the development of the digital twin, combining state-of-the-art visualization technology with engineering simulation software to mimic ships in sea states.”

See article 

The Forum of Young Scholars in Sustainability (FYSS) Meeting

Welcome to the meeting for FYSS, NTNUs team of young scholars interested in research related to sustainability. Date: Wednesday October 26 Time: 14:30 (Place: Room 1164) 14:30...

Welcome to the meeting for FYSS, NTNUs team of young scholars interested in research related to sustainability.

Date: Wednesday October 26
Time: 14:30 (Place: Room 1164)

14:30 Welcome (Paritosh Deshpande, FYSS)
14:40 Sustainability and young researchers at NTNU (Professor Annik Magerholm Fet, Director NTNU Sustainability)
14:55 Circular Ocean: How interdisciplinary principles of sustainability can bring Green dimensions to the blue oceans (Laura Brodbeck, Researcher at the EU project Circular Ocean)
15:15 Break – Coffee and waffles
15:30 The future focus of FYSS (Discussion)

Please register here by Tuesday 25th October.
Welcome!

Methods for registration of salmon escapees

Interactions between wild and farmed salmon can have an impact on the genetic composition of wild salmon stocks, and can impair the expected growth of aquaculture in Norway. A...

Methods for registration of salmon escapees

Interactions between wild and farmed salmon can have an impact on the genetic composition of wild salmon stocks, and can impair the expected growth of aquaculture in Norway. A reliable method for monitoring the amount of escaped salmon in rivers is therefore of uttermost importance. 

NTNU professors Yngvar Olsen and Stig Omholt are amongst the experts who have evaluated the currently used monitoring methods. In total, the panel was composed of experts in statistics, ecology, monitoring methods and genetics. The methods for registration and documentation of 1) numbers of escaped salmon in inland waters, and 2) genetic influence of wild salmon from farmed salmon. The report proposes a change of surveillance methodology, requiring a focus towards more reliable methods and better documentation. The Panel also suggests to further develop the work on the so-called agent-based genetic models.

The entire report can be downloaded here (in Norwegian).

Trondheimsfjorden et utmerket testområde

Skal Norge på nytt bli en stormakt innen skipsfart, må det tenkes nytt. Målet er mer miljøvennlige båter, sikrere båter og båter som er billigere i drift. Vi har fagmiljøene, utstyret og fjorden...

Trondheimsfjorden et utmerket testområde

Skal Norge på nytt bli en stormakt innen skipsfart, må det tenkes nytt. Målet er mer miljøvennlige båter, sikrere båter og båter som er billigere i drift. Vi har fagmiljøene, utstyret og fjorden for å få dette til.

30.september ble grunnsteinen lagt og sjøfartsdirektør Olav Akselsen kunne erklære Trondheim og Trondheimsfjorden som det første testområdet for autonome skip. Med både Kystverket og Sjøfartsdirektoratet i ryggen kan fagmiljøene på NTNU, Marintek, Kongsberg Seatex og Marine Robotics skrive et nytt kapittel i norsk skipsfarshistorie. Dette er et eksempel på at bredt samarbeid gir resultater.

Førerløse skip

Et autonomt skip er et skip som kan styre seg selv og ta egne beslutninger. Graden av autonomi øker også i det maritime, ved at enkle beslutninger tas automatisk i programvaren, basert på økende antall avanserte algoritmer og nye sensortyper.

Selvlærende systemer, adaptive systemer, kunstig intelligens, vil bli en del av neste generasjon beslutningsstøttesystemer. Sagt på en litt enklere måte: Ny teknologi i båten, under vann og på land, utvikles og sammenstilles. Det samme gjør de praktiske forutsetninger for å kunne teste og etter hvert ta i bruk slike skip.

 

Billig i drift

Fordelen er at autonome skip kan bygges uten boligkvarter. Det vil ikke være nødvendig å ta med for eksempel vanntanker til mannskap. Det betyr at det kan bygges annerledes, og driftskostnadene blir lavere. Dette er skip som også kan kjøre langt saktere enn tradisjonelle båter, fordi en ikke er styrt av mannskap som mønstrer av og på.

I utgangspunktet høres det kanskje ikke spesielt forlokkende ut at fjorden skal være full av førerløse båter. Så la meg bare slå fast det med en gang; – det skal den ikke! Autonome skip kan kjøre i egne traséer slik som fly gjør. Å sørge for at sikkerheten er godt ivaretatt, er selvfølgelig en helt vesentlig del av dette nybrottsarbeidet.

 

Ferger vil mest sannsynlig alltid være bemannet, da det er passasjerer om bord. Men framtidas ferger vil kunne ha ulike autonome funksjoner, – slik som for eksempel å legge til kai. Da vil man forhindre både menneskelige feil og ulykker. For å komme dit, vil det nok være behov for ny infrastruktur – muligens ombygging av både ferger og kai.

Færre ulykker

De fleste ulykker med skip involvert skyldes menneskelig svikt. Målet er å redusere slike ulykker. Deler av sjømannskapet vil ha sin arbeidsplass på land. Her skal styring, overvåking og kontroll foregå.

Selvstyrte skip vil kreve nytt regelverk. Det vil helt sikkert ta tid før vi får noe slikt på plass. Sjøfarten er internasjonal og utfordringene mange. Men det å være ledende på kunnskap, teknologiutvikling og testing, gir oss mange muligheter. Norge kan være med på å sette standarden for sikkerhet, systemintegrasjon og sammenstilling av en slik selvstyrt båt. Hvilke komponenter skal inngå? Hvordan sikre kollisjonshåndtering? Hva må nye regelverk ta hensyn til? Hvilken teknologi har vi og hvilken må vi utvikle? Hva blir oppgavene til morgendagens sjøfolk? Hvilke skip er egnet? Hvilken last er egnet? Og hvilke strekninger er egnet?

Nå har vi en erklæring og en samarbeidsavtale. Det betyr at nå er det bare å brette opp ermene. Vi må lage et ordentlig prosjekt. Vi må definere et senter. Vi må gjøre jobben som skal til, før de første førerløse skipene kan kaste loss i Trondheimsfjorden. Skip o hoi!

 

Dette blogginnlegget er skrevet av professor Ingrid Schjølberg, som er direktør for NTNU havromsvitenskap og teknologi

Bridgehead Aquaculture conference (6 October)

The annual Bridgehead Autumn Conference is taking place in Frøya on Thursday 6 October. The theme of the technical seminar is "Aquaculture and environment - a sustainable...

The annual Bridgehead Autumn Conference is taking place in Frøya on Thursday 6 October. The theme of the technical seminar is "Aquaculture and environment - a sustainable interaction?". Results from newly performed environmental and fish health related studies will be presented and discussed among researchers, aquaculture producers and interest groups.

See the programme for more information (in Norwegian)

Changing ice properties in the Arctic

Changing ice properties in the Arctic Research shows that ice can become stronger as it melts. This phenomenon can create problems for those planning to intensify maritime...

Changing ice properties in the Arctic

Research shows that ice can become stronger as it melts. This phenomenon can create problems for those planning to intensify maritime transport in the Arctic during the summer season. Read about the SAMCoT expedition last summer. 

New research project on sensor network

The Norwegian Research Council funded a new project to develop a real-time sensor network in arctic conditions. This technology is aimed to provide more safety and minimise risks for oil...

The Norwegian Research Council funded a new project to develop a real-time sensor network in arctic conditions. This technology is aimed to provide more safety and minimise risks for oil spills in the extreme environment in the North. In the project, NTNU collaborates with Nortek (coordinator), Kongsberg Martime, Statoil and SINTEF. 

Other approved PETROMAKS projects, where NTNU is in the lead: 

  • A Combined Surface-Colloid Chemical and Rock-Fluid Interaction Approach towards more Efficient Enhanced Oil Recovery Strategies 
  • Multiphase flows with viscous oil
  • Enabling High-Performance Safety-Critical Offshore and Subsea Automatic Control Systems using Embedded Optimization

New research project on sensor network

The Norwegian Research Council funded a new project to develop a real-time sensor network in arctic conditions. This technology is aimed to provide more safety and minimise risks for oil...

The Norwegian Research Council funded a new project to develop a real-time sensor network in arctic conditions. This technology is aimed to provide more safety and minimise risks for oil spills in the extreme environment in the North. In the project, NTNU collaborates with Nortek (coordinator), Kongsberg Martime, Statoil and SINTEF. 

Other approved PETROMAKS projects, where NTNU is in the lead: 

  • A Combined Surface-Colloid Chemical and Rock-Fluid Interaction Approach towards more Efficient Enhanced Oil Recovery Strategies 
  • Multiphase flows with viscous oil
  • Enabling High-Performance Safety-Critical Offshore and Subsea Automatic Control Systems using Embedded Optimization

Research cruise will map mineral resources at sea

On 19 August, the cruise departed with researchers from NTNU and the University of Bergen to the Mid-Atlantic ridge, North of Jan Mayen. Earlier investigations have shown that this area contains...

On 19 August, the cruise departed with researchers from NTNU and the University of Bergen to the Mid-Atlantic ridge, North of Jan Mayen. Earlier investigations have shown that this area contains geological formations which might be rich in copper, zinc, gold and silver. Researchers hope this cruise will provide enough data to solve a number of scientific questions on deep sea minerals. 

See article and video (in Norwegian). 

Live blog from the Oden Icebreaker

Researchers and PhD candidates from the Dept. of Marine Technology and the  Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems at  NTNU are currently on a research...

Researchers and PhD candidates from the Dept. of Marine Technology and the Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems at NTNU are currently on a research cruise in the Arctic with the Oden Icebreaker.

Read the daily blog from PhD candidate Runa Skarbø!

Watch the cruise video

Circular Ocean conference in Ålesund

The Circular Ocean project organises a conference on 1 and 2 September on d eveloping a circular economy for fishing nets and ropes (FNRs) in the Northern Periphery and...

The Circular Ocean project organises a conference on 1 and 2 September on developing a circular economy for fishing nets and ropes (FNRs) in the Northern Periphery and Arctic Region (NPA). 

Day 1 focuses on the status and opportunities to facilitate circular economy of FNRs in Norway, whereas presenters of day 2 will look at innovation and implementation of FNR recycling and reuse.

For more information and registration, see the project web site

 

Successful seminar at "Arendalsuka"

A lunch seminar was organised by NTNU and NCE NODE during Arendalsuke (19 August), focusing on Ocean Technologies. It elaborated the opportunities new enabling...

A lunch seminar was organised by NTNU and NCE NODE during Arendalsuke (19 August), focusing on Ocean Technologies. It elaborated the opportunities new enabling technologies provide for the next generation vessels and ocean operations, and how these can contribute to growth and innovation.

Speakers were Prof. Ingrid Schjølberg (NTNU), Tore Ulstein (NHO), Gard Ueland (Kongsberg Seatex), Ørnulf Rødseth (MARINTEK), Anne Grete Ellingsen (GCE NODE), Christoffer Jørgenvåg (Red Rock) and Tom Løwehr (Telenor Maritime).

More information on the Arendalsuka web page

NTNU at Nor-Fishing

Nor-Fishing is the industry’s most important meeting place. NTNU had a booth together with SINTEF in Hall D, where we met a lot of colleagues, company representatives, students and...

Nor-Fishing is the industry’s most important meeting place.

NTNU had a booth together with SINTEF in Hall D, where we met a lot of colleagues, company representatives, students and other interesting people!

The Student Day was designed to bring the industry closer to students – and students closer to the industry. The seminar and speed date with exhibitors provided the students with interesting perspectives and new contacts. 

The research vessel Gunnerus was open for visiting on Thursday 18 August (at Pir II, place 6). Contact captain Arve Knudsen for more information.

NCE status to AquaTech Cluster

The AquaTech cluster of companies and institutions supplying technology, services and competence to the aquaculture sector was appointed the status of Norwegian Centre of Expertise. This was...

The AquaTech cluster of companies and institutions supplying technology, services and competence to the aquaculture sector was appointed the status of Norwegian Centre of Expertise. This was announced by the minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Jan Tore Sanner.

NTNU is an important contributor to the AquaTech cluster as a provider of candidates to many of the aquaculture technology and service providing companies. Together with the other members, more than 100 in total, AquaTech will take a leading position on a global scale in aquaculture technology research and innovation. 


 

AQUAEXCEL2020 - call for proposals

Second AQUAEXCEL 2020  Call for Access Opens 13 June: Fully EC-Funded Access to Top-Class Aquaculture Research Infrastructures NTNU offers access to the following...

Second AQUAEXCEL2020 Call for Access Opens 13 June: Fully EC-Funded Access to Top-Class Aquaculture Research Infrastructures

NTNU offers access to the following facilities:

  • CodTech lab: start-feeding rig consisting of 16 tanks of 160 l each, especially designed for controlled experiments with marine pelagic fish larvae. For more information, see here
  • Marine Cybernetics lab: a wave basin, suited for, amongst others, tests of motion control systems and hydrodynamic tests of marine structures. For more information, see here

Discovering munition from WWII

Dumping of ammunition and bombs was not unusual in Norway after the second World War. This is also the case in the Trondheimsfjord. Some of these munition depots have become...

Dumping of ammunition and bombs was not unusual in Norway after the second World War. This is also the case in the Trondheimsfjord. Some of these munition depots have become natural, living laboratories for studying the development of cold water reefs. 

Watch the video from the latest NTNU cruise with RV Gunnerus. 

Read the NRK article (in Norwegian)

Snake robots for underwater operations

For more than ten years, NTNU and SINTEF have performed research with the aim to develop snake robots. The start-up company Eelume has now taken the brand new snake robots to...

For more than ten years, NTNU and SINTEF have performed research with the aim to develop snake robots. The start-up company Eelume has now taken the brand new snake robots to the market, where they can revolutionize inspection and maintenance of sub-sea oil and gas installations. The swimming robots can operate at depths of several hundred metres. 

See the video here

The salmon genome published in Nature

For almost 10 years, an international team of researchers has worked to map the genome of Atlantic salmon. Now, the goal has been achieved and the results have been...

For almost 10 years, an international team of researchers has worked to map the genome of Atlantic salmon. Now, the goal has been achieved and the results have been published in Nature. The salmon called "Sally" has had its genetic secrets reveiled on the internet. Prof. Stig Omholt at NTNU has played a crucial role in this research. 

This new knowledge about the genetic material of the salmon will have a large impact on developing Norwegian aquaculture further. It can also ensure a sound management of  the wild salmon stocks and strengthen the competence of biotechnology and genetics.

Read the article in Nature:
The Atlantic salmon genome provides insights into rediploidization

AMOS Annual Report

Read about last year’s activities at the NTNU Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS): research and lab highlights, new scientists at AMOS, honours and...

Read about last year’s activities at the NTNU Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS): research and lab highlights, new scientists at AMOS, honours and awards, publications, social events, and more. 

View the annual report here

Face movements steering underwater robots

Electrical pulses generated by the brain are sufficient to steer a marine vehicle in the desired direction. So now a twinkle of the eye or a smile can order the underwater robot to...

Electrical pulses generated by the brain are sufficient to steer a marine vehicle in the desired direction. So now a twinkle of the eye or a smile can order the underwater robot to carry out specific tasks.  

Read more about this exciting student project at NTNU!

First AQUAEXCEL2020 Call for Access to NTNU facilities now open

The first AQUAEXCEL 2020 (AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELlence in European fish research towards 2020) Call for Access is now open, with a deadline of 11 March 2016 . The ...

The first AQUAEXCEL2020 (AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELlence in European fish research towards 2020) Call for Access is now open, with a deadline of 11 March 2016.

The AQUAEXCEL2020 project unites major aquaculture experimental facilities with capacity to undertake experimental trials on a selection of commercially important fish aquaculture species and system types. These installations are made available to the research community for Transnational Access (TNA) with the support of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

At NTNU, the following facilities are open for Transnational Access: 

Interested researchers can propose projects that involve visits of one or in some cases two people to the chosen research infrastructure for periods of up to three months. Access to the research infrastructures and associated travel and subsistence expenses will be paid for under the project.

For more information, visit: www.aquaexcel.eu

Discovery of Arctic shipworm

Shipworms have been discovered in the high Arctic for the first time by NTNU and UiT researchers during the polar night cruise in January 2016. The activities were carried out as part of...

Shipworms have been discovered in the high Arctic for the first time by NTNU and UiT researchers during the polar night cruise in January 2016. The activities were carried out as part of the Arctic ABC project, where NTNU is leading the "Enabing technology" module (Prof. Geir Johnsen and Prof. Asgeir Sørensen). 

See articles in Science, Forskning.no and Fiskaren

Join us at Ocean Week

Ocean Week is an annual conference where the latest developments in ocean research are presented and the exchange of knowledge between researchers, students and industry is encouraged. The Ocean...

Ocean Week is an annual conference where the latest developments in ocean research are presented and the exchange of knowledge between researchers, students and industry is encouraged. The Ocean Week is a meeting place for experts across the knowledge value chain with common interests in developing new marine and maritime knowledge and innovative solutions. 

The conference is organised by NTNU Oceans in collaboration with SINTEF, and with support from the county of South-Trøndelag, the Mid-Norway Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Maritime Forum in Mid-Norway and Trondheim municipality. 

Join us for 4 exciting days and register now at www.ntnu.edu/ocean-week

Follow the final stage of the Kon-TikiII expedition

Kon-Tiki2 is sailing two balsa rafts from South America to Easter Island. The roundtrip is documenting climate change, marine life, plastics, pollution, guara board navigation, and human...

Follow the final stage of the Kon-TikiII expedition

Kon-Tiki2 is sailing two balsa rafts from South America to Easter Island. The roundtrip is documenting climate change, marine life, plastics, pollution, guara board navigation, and human reactions to Pacific sunsets. NTNU contributes to the expedition with expertise and instruments to monitor climate change, acidification and deoxigenation (pCO2 sensor, pH sensors, Oxygen sensors, Temperature and salinity sensors etc.)

Follow the route and findings of the rafts as they sail to the American continent - see web site.

IEA meeting in Brussels 20 April 2016

Team up for a new task in the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement. The topic of discussion will be on Green Shipping.  Venue: NTNU Brussels Office, Rue...

IEA meeting in Brussels 20 April 2016

Team up for a new task in the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement. The topic of discussion will be on Green Shipping. 

Venue: NTNU Brussels Office, Rue du Trône 61, Brussels, Belgium. See map

IEA meeting flyer - please register here 

For more information, contact Prof. Ingrid Schjølberg

Call for transnational access to Sletvik field station

The European project HYDRALAB+ is currently offering research groups from academia and industry the opportunity to freely access unique experimental and test facilities in the field...

The European project HYDRALAB+ is currently offering research groups from academia and industry the opportunity to freely access unique experimental and test facilities in the field of (eco)hydraulics and ice engineering.

The Sletvik field station at NTNU is one of the infrastructures open for transnational access. The station is located at the shore of the semi-enclosed Bay of Hopavågen, which is a natural marine site ideal to study interrelations between physical, chemical and biological processes, and ecohydraulics. A range of specialized hydraulic instruments will be at the disposal of users of the facility: acoustic Doppler velocimeters, ADCP, current meters and water level loggers.

NTNU has a long experience in hosting transnational users at the Sletvik field station. Previous project have shown its suitability for oceanographic and marine ecology studies, ecohydraulics, and the testing of new technologies such as underwater acoustics, robotics and automated systems.

If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, then please submit your proposal for transnational access. You choose yourself the type of experiments you wish to carry out, the length of your stay and the members of your user group.

For more information and details of the call, please visit: http://www.hydralab.eu/calls.asp

The deadline is 12th of March.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the project director at NTNU, Prof. Jochen Aberle (jochen.aberle@ntnu.no). We are open for discussing the possibilities for access prior to the submission deadline. 

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