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 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 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 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 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 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 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:

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 the Arctic ABC project, where NTNU is leading the "Enabing technology" module (Prof. Geir Johnsen and Prof. Asgeir Sørensen). 

See articles in Science, 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 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

Follow the final stage of the Kon-TikiII expedition

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

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 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:

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 ( We are open for discussing the possibilities for access prior to the submission deadline. 

Ocean technologies of the future - new article

Ocean technologies of the future - new article

The next chapter in Norwegian history is about conquering the oceans! 70 percent of the earth is covered with water, and this is where much of the future innovations and business developments will take place. NTNU is fully prepared to explore the depths of the ocean with new knowledge and technology, through e.g. the development of new underwater robot and sensor systems used to better understand and explore the ocean.

Read the article here (in Norwegian)

Text mining in Marine Science

Ocean-Certain is an EU FP7 research project investigating the impact of climatic and non-climatic stressors on the food web and the connected biological pump. As part of this project, researchers from NTNU have managed to apply text mining in marine science by using Artificial Intelligence and Computational Linguistics.

See also

New H2020 project "Blue Nodules"

New H2020 project "Blue Nodules"

NTNU has been granted a new project under the H2020 programme: Blue Nodules. The project will address the challenge of creating a viable and sustainable value chain to retrieve polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor. It will develop and test new highly-automated and sustainable technologies for deep-sea mining with minimal environmental pressures. Blue Nodules consists of a consortium of 14 partners, is coordinated by IHC Mining and will run for 4 years starting from February 2016.

Blue Nodules web site

Gold rush in the deep sea

There is an increasing demand for nickel, copper, cobalt and other metals. Without them, there would be no smartphones, notebooks, LED lights, or electric motors. As mines on land can no longer satisfy those needs, manganese nodules on the ocean floor could ensure the necessary resources. First of all, it is important to understand the impact of mineral mining on the deep sea ecosystems. NTNU is one of the European partners leading the way.

"Gold rush in the deep sea" was broadcasted on German television (ZDF)

Meet the Night Creatures of the Warming Arctic

A team of NTNU marine ecologists and specialists on underwater robotics are undertaking a polar night cruise on Spitsbergen, in collaboration with the University of Tromsø and partners. Journalists from Audubon Magazine have joined the cruise and wrote an article about the special experiences when working in the polar night and about the preliminary findings of the field experiments. Contact: Prof. Geir Johnsen. 

Ocean energy device from NTNU leads to success

The Swedish wave energy company CorPower Ocean has successfully completed a €6.5m funding round for the further development and testing of its novel wave energy converters. The WaveSpring device, developed by NTNU PhD student Jørgen Hals, is at the core of the success of CorPower Ocean.

Read more about it in the Maritime Journal, the Energy Harvesting Journal, or have a look on YouTube.

NTNU as a strong driver in the Mid-Norwegian region

NTNU as a strong driver in the Mid-Norwegian region

A merging process of regions in Mid-Norway is under consideration. The county mayor Tore Sandvik stresses the importance of NTNU and of the coastal regions as inspirators for a strong and innovative region.
See live stream of the county mayor's speech.

New national research projects at NTNU

New national research projects at NTNU

NTNU was awarded the following new projects by the Research Council of Norway:

  • From global ideals to local realities - the foundations of sustainability (Aquaculture)
  • Reducing risk in aquaculture – improving operational efficiency, safety and sustainability 
  • Integrated operations in aquaculture
  • Political Regulation of Natural Resources 1870- 2010, Global Experiences
  • European integration and the quest for access to external natural resources, 1945-2015
  • Casimir effect and van der Waals forces in multilayer systems
  • Multi-stage Global Sensor Fusion for Navigation using Nonlinear Observers and eXogeneous Kalman Filter 
  • Turbulence-plankton interactions. A mechanistic approach
  • Towards Design of Super-Low Ice Adhesion Surfaces
  • Water waves interacting with arbitrary shear currents in 3 dimensions
  • Integrated approach to the Design and Control of Offshore HVDC Networks

Launch of a pilot programme for sustainable aquaculture

The main objective of this pilot research programme is to establish an interdisciplinary research centre in aquaculture-environmental interactions that will join forces in NTNU from different high level research groups. See article in "Aftenposten" (in Norwegian).

The following projects will build the necessary knowledge:

  • Managing water column effects of aquaculture
  • Adaptation of methods for managing seafloor effects of aquaculture
  • 3D numerical modelling to assess and predict spreading of wastes and organisms­
  • Infection and spread of sea lice sea based aquaculture
  • IMTA-Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture
  • Land-based production of large smolt 
  • Life cycle impacts of aquaculture 
  • Management and Governance
  • Integrated spatial planning tool for aquaculture 

It is a joint initiative of the strategic research areas NTNU Oceans and NTNU Sustainability.  

Successful Bridgehead conference at Frøya (14 Oct '15)

Successful Bridgehead conference at Frøya (14 Oct '15)

NTNU Bridgehead Frøya organised its annual autumn conference with focus on tomorrow's fish feed. Students and researchers from different disciplines met the aquaculture industry to jointly discuss present challenges and future opportunities. See Brohode Frøya project web site.  

Report on meeting "Mitigation measures of human induced impacts on marine ecosystems"

The workshop on “Mitigation measures of human induced impacts on marine ecosystems” was organized in the framework of the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD) by Olivia Langhamer and Petra Rodewald (NTNU, Dept. of Biology). The workshop report is now available at its web site.

Testing of Kontiki at NTNU (15/09/15)

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.

Oceans workshop in Brussels (23/09/15)

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. 


International Energy Agency (IEA) meeting (22-23 Mar '16)

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 Brussels, Belgium, on 22-23 March 2016.

On-line registration will open soon!

Programme in progress.

Successful student day at Aqua Nor

Successful student day at Aqua Nor

World's largest aquaculture trade show, Aqua Nor, organised its first student day ever, in close collaboration with NTNU Oceans, the Norwegian Seafood Federation and Sett Sjøbein. About 200 students joined the seminar at Trondheim Spektrum. The following speed dating session allowed an efficient interaction between students and company representatives.

Student speed dating

Grant to Bridgehead Frøya

Grant to Bridgehead Frøya

Sparebanken 1 Midt-Norge and BEWI appointed a grant of 100 000 NOK to Bridgehead Frøya to further stimulate competence building in the aquaculture sector, and to increase the attractiveness of coastal communities for young professionals. This will be achieved through interaction between university professors, as supervisors for students, and industry representatives.

NTNU at Aqua Nor 2015

NTNU at Aqua Nor 2015

The Aqua Nor trade show in Trondheim Spectrum (18-21 August) is one of the worlds largest aquaculture events, attracting 15,000-20,000 visitors from more that 50 nations. Exhibitors present current developments in the fields of aquaculture technology, fish feed, fish health, quality assurance, training, funding, fish farmer networks, grading, equipment, storage, processing, packaging, environmental protection and distribution. Come and visit NTNU at booth D-322! student day is organised on Friday 21 August.

AQUAEXCEL project results

AQUAEXCEL project results

The European funded project on Aquaculture infrastructures for excellence in European fish research officially ended in February 2015. The final AQUAEXCEL  Key Achievements booklet is now available, outlining its major activities and results. A new AQUAEXCEL2020 project has been approved for funding, starting in the autumn of 2015.

DP - the jewel in the crown

DP - the jewel in the crown

NTNU professors Stig Kvaal and Per Østby have written the book «The Jewel in the Crown», about the development of Dynamic Positioning Systems (DP). It all started with NTNU (at that time NTH) Prof. Jens Balchen  who established the theoretical basic knowledge. Now, 40 years later, Kongsberg Maritime holds a solid world-leading position within dynamic positioning. In this book, we follow the technology, people and events that made it happen.