Sign up for the annual meeting 2021

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The deadline to register for the Annual Meeting of the NHF (Havforskermøtet) 2021 was on 15th October.

This year we will meet in person at Solstrand Hotel & Bad outside Bergen, Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th November. The theme is New methods to meet future challenges. We focus on new technology and methods for measurement and observation of the ocean.

The programme which will include the annual meeting, invited talks and discussion, oral presentations and posters, breaks and social activities begins at 17:00 Monday 22nd November and ends at 15:00 on Wednesday 24th. The programme will be updated on our web page and will be finalized by early November.

Annual meeting 2021

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Welcome to the annual meeting in the Norwegian Association of Marine Scientists (NHF)!

Venue: Solstrand Hotell, Os utanfor Bergen

Dates: 22-24 November 2021

Practical information:

Upload your oral presentation in this form:  – select your presentation and upload your file, one day in advance. Make sure the presentation fits the 12 minutes time slot and allow time for questions (3 min).

Posters must be in the A1 or A0 format. We have no print service, so bring the printed poster.

How to get there: Use the Skyss web page or app to find the best route to Osøyro, Bjørnafjorden. From the airport: Take the tram to Nestun, change to bus 600 to Osøyro. From Bergen bus station, bus number 600 leaves every 10 or 15 minutes to Osøyro. From the bus station in Osøyro, there is a nice 1,5 km walk along the sea to the hotel, passing by Steinneset and Solstrandsfjøra.

Link to collection of songs – Norsk havforskerforening

Program Havforskermøtet 2021:

Link to all abstracts:

Links to case documents and annual report for the annual meeting:

Monday 22 
Annual meeting Norsk havforskerforening. (In Norwegian)  
Opening discussion: Models or data – how do we best see the ocean?  
Morten D. Skogen (HI): Are models better than observations?
Tom Langbehn (UiB): Models and observations combined  
Moderator: Anders F Opdal, UiB
  Tuesday 23   
0900Observation technology in modern ocean science.
What is state of the art in ocean observation technology? What news do technology bring to the table about organisms in the ocean?  
Tonje Sørdalen (Universitetet i Agder): Monitoring coastal fishes with computer vision
Nils Olav Handegard (HI): Observing fish and plankton with acoustics
Kasper Hancke – (NIVA): Mapping coastal habitats with drones SeaBee
Keno Ferter (HI): Tagging bluefin tuna  
Moderator: Natalya Gallo, UiB  
11:05 Knut Wiik Vollset: Tracking sea trout, cod, wrasse, salmon and sharks around Bergen
11:20 Terje Thorsnes: Mareano på store dyp i Norskehavet
11:35 Yalei Li: Quantifying blue carbon beach deposits using high-resolution UAV imagery
11:50 Hartvig Christie: Benthic mesocosms, a tool to understand complex ecological processes in the coastal zone
12:05 Sünnje L. Basedow: The use of optics and acoustics on gliders and satellites to understand the Lofoten-Vesterålen Marine Ecosystem
12:20 Emilie Hernes Vereide: Impacts of airgun blasts used in seismic surveys on mortality and growth in the copepod Acartia tonsa
12:35 Jonas Thormar: Marine basemaps in the coastal zone – the Fjøløy pilot study of remote sensing-methods for shallow coastal habitat mapping
12:50 Trygve Olav Fossum: Autonom optisk kartlegging av havbunn – Erfaringer fra kartlegging sjav Store Lungegårdsvann
14:05 Anders Frugård Opdal: Behavioural plasticity offset thermal drivers of spawning phenology in cod 14:20 Geir Ottersen: Hva spiser torsken – modellstudier på torskens diett og næringsnettet i Barentshavet 14:35 Marta Moyano: The role of food limitation and increased temperature in the recent recruitment failure of North Sea herring
14:50 Maria Grigoratou: Hot and hungry: a trait-based theoretical approach to the direct and indirect effects of heatwaves on plankton communities.
15:05 Josefin Titelman: Parasite disease in coastal zooplankton.
1530-17Poster session
The HypOnFjordFish project – effects of oxygen loss on fish in West Norwegian fjords. Anne Gro Vea Salvanes.
Temperature tolerance and distribution of the invasive non-indigenous red algae Agarophyton vermiculophyllum in seagrass meadows in Norway. Ingvild Sundal Joys.
ScandiFish: A metabarcoding reference database for Scandinavian fish based on MiFish primers. Eivind Stensrud.
eDNA as a monitoring tool for the invasive Neogobius melanostomus. Lars Martin Myhre.
Deep-sea community responses to deoxygenation and reoxygenation in a western Norwegian fjord. Natalya D. Gallo.
A potential laboratory approach to expose animals to pressure drops that occur around a seismic airgun. Karen de Jong.
Correlation between underwater light attenuation and dissolved oxygen. Martine Røysted Solås.
Validation of a species-specific eDNA-based test system for detecting non-indigenous American lobster Homarus americanus. Maud Ødegaard Sundt
Wednesday 24 
0900Genetic methods.
What is state-of-the-art in population genetics, genome sequencing, eDNA and metabarcoding? Can we expect a revolution?  
Torild Johansen (HI) Can we separate populations with genetics?
Sissel Jentoft (UiO). Uncovering ecology and evolution of marine fishes using genome sequencing
Kim Præbel (UiT) What can eDNA and meta-barkoding tell us?  
Moderator: Lise Øvreås, UiB  
11:05 Anders Goksøyr: dCOD 1.0: decoding Ocean Health through a systems toxicology approach
11:20 Gaute W. Seljestad: A cleaner break: Genetic divergence between geographic groups and sympatric phenotypes revealed in ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta)
11:35 Knut Sivertsen: Populasjonsdynamikk og livshistorie hos kråkeboller Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis i tareskog og nedbeitede områder langs norskekysten og Svalbard
11:50 Kristina Øie Kvile: The unknown copepod link between kelp forests, the pelagic ecosystem and deep-sea carbon sequestration
12:05 Miriam Brandt: Metabarcode data for marine biomonitoring – bridging the gap between science and management
12:20 Andreas Altenburger: Limits to the cellular control of sequestered cryptophyte prey in the marine ciliate Mesodinium rubrum
12:35 Erwann Legrand: Effect of sea lice chemotherapeutant hydrogen peroxide on the photosynthetic characteristics and bleaching of the coralline alga Lithothamnion soriferum
14:05 Anna Nikolopoulos: Hydrography and circulation in northern Norwegian fjords
14:20 Haakon Hop: The Arctic melt-down with loss of sea ice-associated species
14:35 Setting sail for the future – Statsraad Lehmkuhl’s One Ocean Expedition Katja Enberg
1500Programme ends

Havforskermøtet 2020 on a digital platform

We are moving the 2020 Annual Meeting of Norske Havforskeres Forening online in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There is no participation fee, and the conference will take place October 20-21, 2020 on a digital platform to be announced. Please sign up for attendance by Tuesday September 15 through the link below.

This year’s main topic for Havforskermøtet is “Ocean and Climate”, but as always, we welcome contributions covering any marine subject. Presentations may be given orally or in the form of a digital poster, but are not required for registration.

Sign up here for the Online Annual Meeting Havforskermøtet 2020!

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.

Preliminary program and list of abstracts for Havforskermøtet is now available!

Program and list of abstracts for the Havforskermøtet conference 2017 is now available!

The agenda for the NHF annual meeting has also been finalized, and can be found here.

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.