Ocean Science and Technology
On 1 March, the EU funded project AQUAEXCEL research infrastructure project started. AQUAEXCEL aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe, in order to promote their coordinated use and development. One of its activities is the facilitation of access to state-of-the-art aquaculture research infrastructures by research teams who would otherwise not normally have access to these facilities. Calls for access proposals will be widely published on www.aquaexcel.eu.
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NTNU and ACE organized jointly a workshop on 11 May. The features of the infrastructure were presented, and opportunities for research and student projects were discussed. In addition, a visit was made to the large-scale sea-based salmon farm at Tristeinen using the new boat Torra.
More than 40 representatives from (predominantly Mid-) Norwegian aquaculture research institutes, and producing and supplying industries joined the excursion to Faroe Islands from 22 to 24 May. Visits to salmon smolt and ongrowing farms provided a thorough insight in on-land recirculation and exposed cage systems respectively. The excursion founded a basis for collaboration possibilities between Faroe aquaculture stakeholders and NTNU. A delegation will visit Trondheim during the AquaNOR fair (16-19 August).
The community of Frøya organized its annual conference on 27 May, focusing on economical and cultural development of small coastal communities. Yngvar Olsen held a presentation on the optimization of sea based aquaculture with respect to environmental impact and carrying capacity of the ecosystem.
Through joining the initiative, NTNU supports the effort to create a Marine Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC). Its aim is the promotion of competitiveness of Europe's RTD-based maritime economy through the European Institute of Technology (EIT).
Official opening of the underwater laboratory at NTNU
The Applied Underwater Robotics Laboratory (AUR-Lab) was officially opened by the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, Trond Giske (AP) on 23 August, on board of the research vessel Gunnerus and at NTNU Sealab. Through a mutual agreement among the deans of 5 different Faculties the laboratory will be the common work space for marine technologists, cybernetics engineers, biologists and chemists, archaeologists and aquaculture researchers.
The happening was covered by the Norwegian press (NRK).
AQUA NOR FORUM 2011 will address one of the critical constraints to the development of aquaculture in Europe – notably access to sites with high water quality to ensure high quality aquaculture products. The FORUM will be arranged on 17 and 18 August and will take the format of three sessions, each of some 2 hours duration, where presentation of the issues and discussion of the solutions will be the priority. For more information and registration, see http://www.easonline.org/component/content/article/181
During the international trade fair AquaNOR 2011, NTNU profiled its activities together with SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture and MARINTEK. Fact sheets under the categories escapes, salmon lice, nutrients, biomass control, future production, use of ocean space, efficiency improvement, environment, processing, and international collaboration. (most sheets are in Norwegian)
A two-day workshop on polar oceans and climate change was organized by NTNU on 1-2 October 2011. The presentations and brain storming session with researchers from India, Chile, Germany and Norway have paved a way for follow-up actions and projects of mutual interest. Perspectives resulting from the workshop have already been published in Norwegian and international popular scientific platforms.
A session dedicated to Technology development for marine monitoring and ocean observation was organized by NTNU at the University of California Berkeley, on 25 September 2011. Researchers from different US (UC Berkeley, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Californian Polytechnic State University, Stanford University) and Norwegian (NTNU, UNIS) universities discussed opportunities for collaboration within applied underwater robotics.
The Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) announces a vacant position as Associate Professor in marine system ecology (biological oceanography). See: http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=80281. Application deadline: 30 March 2012.
NTNU has joined NCE Aquaculture
In April 2012, the marine strategic area at NTNU became a member in the Norwegian Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture. The cluster consists of aquaculture producing companies, feed and equipment suppliers, research institutions and universities. NTNU will contribute with knowledge on the technology and biology aspects of marine aquaculture. It also hosts the partnership meeting in Trondheim on 7 and 8 May. More information can be found at: www.nceaquaculture.com
On the 18th of August, the SEA 2011 conference is taking place at AquaNor, Trondheim, Norway. It will deal with the theme "Food supply from environmentally friendly aquaculture – a dream or reality?" through addressing closely interlinked and complex subjects like food supply, sustainability and food safety. For information and registration, see http://www.sea2011.no/home.php
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GeminiFish is a group of interdisciplinary researchers from SINTEF and NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. They represent a variety disciplines, including fisheries biology, technology and policy. The Gemini Center for Sustainable Fisheries aims to be an international joint force at the leading edge of research.
The Gemini Center for Sustainable Fisheries can offer you:
- Interdisciplinary Marine Research
- International Collaboration
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- A network of Marine Scientists from NTNU and SINTEF!
- Collaboration agreement with Frøya
Frøya has developed into one of Norway´s foremost aquaculture regions, with many aquaculture producers, suppliers and related services. The agreement between NTNU Marine and the secondary school at Frøya aims at involving the industrial partners more strongly into research and educational activities at the university. This will form a basis for the development of a more knowledge-based aquaculture sector.
NTNU and SINTEF at NorFishing 2012
A joint NTNU/SINTEF booth at the international fair provides information about research and education activities relevant for the fisheries and fish processing industry. All fact sheets can be downloaded at www.sintef.no/home/Fisheries-and-Aquaculture/Nor-Fishing-2012-eng/
- Underwater archaeology
Archaeologists and marine technologists from NTNU work together to detect wrecks of historical value in the trondheimsfjord. See the movie shown on Norwegian TV.
- Echoes from the deep
The research vessel Gunnerus was used to test new underwater acoustic monitoring equipment under the European CLAM project. See the movie on "Euronews" .