NHF drops member fee

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The NHF board has made changes to the financing over the last two years. We have reduced costs, for example, by changing our web host and payment solution. We have also been working to recruit more institutional sponsors for a more stable income stream. As of now, the following institutions and businesses provide important support:

– Åkerblå
– Akvaplan-niva
– Multiconsult
– Institute of Marine Research
– Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
– Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Bergen (new from 2017)
– Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture at Nord University (new from 2018)
– Department of Biosciences at the University of Oslo (new from 2018)

In sum, this means that the board has decided to drop the membership fee. It required a lot of work, was not paid by everyone and created extra work for members choosing to use project funding for the fee. We believe this simplification is more effective both for the board, members and their employers. Thus we hope we can deliver a good annual meeting and other activities that allow our institutional members to see the value of supporting us in the future.

Havforskermøtet 2017

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The annual marine conference will take place at Hotel Neptun in the center of Bergen from the middle of the day Wednesday October 18th to the middle of the day Friday October 20th; deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 3rd.

Submit a presentation or poster! All marine fields are welcome: geology, oceanography, chemistry, technology, biology and society. It is also possible to attend the meeting without presenting anything. We hope to see you at the conference to hear about your latest research!

The plenary debate session is Wednesday with the topic “How do we get more food from the ocean?”. A growing world population places increasing strain on marine resources. Several keynote speakers will focus on different aspects of both fisheries and aquaculture at a national and global perspective: Dag Aksnes (UiB), Ørjan Karlsen (IMR), Webjørn Melle (IMR), Svein Sundby (IMR), Christofer Troedsson (Uni Research), Anne Kjos Veim (Directorate of Fisheries) and Marine Harvest. There are few simple solutions, but hopefully we will get new perspectives to consider.

Before the conference dinner we will join this year’s Buckland Lecture organized by the European Academy of Sciences hosted by the Rector of UiB at the new aula: The lecture will be held by Paul Hart, with the title “Stewards of the Sea. Returning power to fishers”.

There will also be a joint session with the Norwegian Research Council’s marine research programme Marinforsk. Thursday afternoon there will be information and discussion on financing of marine research in Norway and the usage of this research in public management.

We especially encourage PhD-students and postdocs to present their projects to the other participants, who may have information on studies, unpublished information, new methods, competence or other information that can help in their research. The conference is an excellent way of getting to know researchers from other parts of the Norwegian research establishment. If you would like to be included in this session, please indicate this during registration or to the organizing committee.

Note regarding English/Norwegian: It is totally fine to present talks or posters in English, and it is common for the presentations to have slides in English but Norwegian “audio-track”. At the same time, the debate and many of the presentations will be in Norwegian, so to get the most out of the rest of the meeting it is an advantage to have a basic command of Norwegian.

We are looking forward to interesting contributions, a poster session, conference dinner Thursday evening, and general opportunities to discuss and create connections to other participants over research and other issues.

Researchers and others who through education or employment are connected to Norwegian marine research” are eligible for membership. For students, this means that if you are working on a relevant master’s degree, you are welcome to apply for membership.