Aquaculture has evolved from being a side job for fishermen and farmers to one of the most important export industries in Norway. Upscaling and optimization of production systems, technological innovations, biological selection and industrialization have created an efficient marine-based bio-economy. At the same time, a range of challenges are to be solved if aquaculture is to contribute to feeding the world’s growing population.

This session will reflect on the drivers for growth in the aquaculture sector, and how these evolve in a changing society. It will present the latest research results as well as industry and society’s perspectives on sustainability, corporate responsibility, GMO, and will invite the attendants to a joint quest for solutions.

09:00 - 14:45 Parallel Session

Programme (to be completed)

Aquaculture - a historic perspective

  • Norwegian salmon farming - the creation of an industry (Prof. Bjørn Hersoug, The Arctic University of Norway)
  • Historical alternatives and aquaculture: The cybernetic view from Hopavågen (Gard Paulsen, NTNU)

Coping with today's challenges 

  • Environmental interactions of aquaculture
    • A pilot program (Prof. Kjell Inge Reitan, NTNU)
    • PhD candidates and post-docs pitching their results 
  • Technology for monitoring the environmental status in sea-based aquaculture (Ingrid Myrnes Hansen, Ecotone)

Coffee break

  • The value of Corporate Responsibility (Prof. Siri Carson, NTNU)
  • Showcasing Salmon (Tonje Osmundsen, NTNU Social research)

A look into the future of salmon aquaculture

  • Biotechnology and ethics in salmon farming (Prof. Bjørn Myskja, NTNU)
  • The future of breeding technology in aquaculture (Maren Mommens, AquaGen) 


  • Renewable energy solutions for future aquaculture (Ole Svendgård, Renewable Energy Cluster) 
  • Renewable energy in aquaculture - a case study (Ulf Roar Aakenes, Enoco)
  • The role of salmon aquaculture in society in 2050 (Karl Almås, SINTEF Ocean)