Strategic area

Marine and maritime research


Marine and maritime research is one out of six strategic research focus areas within NTNU. These thematic areas have been established in an effort to strengthen the cross-disciplinary research between relevant faculties and departments.

New Marine strategic area at NTNU

The University's board recently approved the establishment of a new strategic area called "NTNU Ocean Science and Technology". The focus area will start its activities in January 2014. Click here to download a presentation of the new strategic area.

3 areas: Photos by  Isak Skjerpeseth, Finn Victor Willumsen, Photo: Jan Ove Evjemo

A wide range of research groups are involved in the strategic area. The multidisciplinary research activity within NTNU Marine Coastal Development is organised into three primary, interacting domains along the value chain:

1. Ocean Space Research

  • Marine surveillance and communication systems
  • Energy from the ocean
  • Marine ecosystems
  • Eco-toxicology
  • Marine archaeology and cultural history
  • Coastal zone development and infrastructure

Contact: Prof. Geir Johnsen

2. Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • Aquaculture engineering (cage mariculture and recirculation systems)
  • Sustainable marine aquaculture and societal aspects
  • Biological basis of marine aquaculture
  • Marine harvesting technology
  • Sustainable fisheries
  • Social strategies of fisheries

Contact: Ass. Prof. Jo Arve Alfredsen

3. Marine Resource Processing

  • Raw materials for high value products
  • Processing engineering and tailoring
  • Genetic resources and biopolymers
  • Energy efficiency
  • Design methodology for sustainable systems
  • Value chain management

Contact: Prof. Turid Rustad

In addition, the following cross-domain research targets have a particular focus:

  • Renewable energy from the ocean
  • New marine bio-resources
  • Sustainable development
  • Equipments for aquaculture, fisheries and aquaculture
  • Instrumentation and systems for mapping, surveillance and research
  • Recruitment to the marine domain

SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture acts, on behalf of the SINTEF Group, is the strategic counterpart to the NTNU Marine Coastal Development Consortium.

Multidisciplinary involvement

Contributing departments to the activities in this focus area:

Aquaculture and Marine Biology
Energy and Process Engineering
Fisheries and Aquaculture Cybernetics
Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering
Interdisciplinary studies of culture
Marine Civil Engineering
Marine Structures
Maritime Archaeology
Natural History and Archaeology
Sociology and Political Science

Transnational Access opportunities are provided for European researchers to the CodTech aquaculture experimental facilities at NTNU Sealab.  Calls for proposals are scheduled about twice a year.
The fifth Call for proposals has a deadline on 13 September 2013.