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14 - 15. September 2021

Grieghallen Bergen and Digital Conference

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THE OCEAN is an arena for new discoveries, connections and collaborations across ocean industries, and academia.

THE OCEAN is initiated by a broad range of partners from the ocean industries, academic institutions and public sector to increase knowledge sharing, cooperation and technology development across ocean industries, and across industries and academia.


10:30 Registration & coffee

Ticket holders on-site will need to show a Covid-19 vaccine certificate or documentation of a negative Covid-19 test taken less than 24 hours before check-in. Information on testing facilities will be announced shortly

11:30 Opening session

Moderator: Kari Birkeland

  • Welcome Owe Hagesæther, Leader of the Steering Committee, and Nina Stangeland, Leader of the Program Committee
  • Opening Speech - His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon
  • The Ocean Panel Transformations – from words to action, Peter Haugan, Co-Chair Ocean Panel Expert Group
  • The Ocean Gap, Kjerstin Braathen, CEO, DNB Bank ASA


13:25 OCEAN WEALTH: Policy, Taxonomy, Markets and Value Creation

What level of investments and regulations are needed to close the ocean gap and ensure a sustainable ocean economy for generations to come? In this session we will learn more about new value chains and rewarding cross-sectorial collaborations. We will discuss the policy-makers role in radical change towards decarbonization

Moderator: Kari Birkeland

  • Taxonomy – prerequisites for sustainable investments in ocean industries, Anne Margrete Platou, DNB and Andreas Engen Willersrud, The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association
  • Energy Transition Outlook – Norway’s role in the global energy system, Sverre Alvik, Director Energy Transition Outlook, DNV
  • Shipping in transition – towards zero emission, Kristian Mørch, CEO, Odfjell
  • Raising capital to develop tomorrow’s sustainable ocean economy: the case of Grieg Seafood’s Green Bond, Renete Kaarvik, Global Finance Officer, Grieg Seafood

14:30 Break

15:00 New value creation – an ocean of possibilities

Moderator: Kari Birkeland

  • Norwegian ocean based renewable energy and seabed minerals, Finn Gunnar Nielsen, Professor, University of Bergen
  • Ocean Forest – new forms of biomass production, Harald Sveier, Manager Ocean Forrest, Lerøy Seafood
  • Sustainable exploration of deep sea minerals, Anette Broch Mathisen Tvedt, CEO and Co-founder, Adepth Minerals
  • Zero emission vessels – piloting ammonia fuel cell, Marie Launes, Commercial and Environmental Manager, Eidesvik

16:00 Norwegian offshore wind in a European perspective, Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope

16:15 Managing natural resources, Elisabeth Gabrielsen, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

16:30 OCEAN TALK: Radical change towards decarbonization, What kinds of regulations are necessary to ensure a sustainable ocean economy in the future?:

Paul Christian Rieber, President, The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, Sissel Rogne, CEO, Institute of Marine Research, Maria B. Helsengreen, Nordic Sustainability Lead, Partner, EY

17:00 Social gathering

Delegates are invited to a social gathering in Spissen, the Grieghallen main foyer
Wednesday, September 15th

OCEAN HEALTH: Sustainable use of ocean resources

How can we reduce ocean pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and protect and restore marine and costal ecosystems? We will look at some of the solutions that has been developed, and we will look at challenges that needs to be met with new solutions. Which measures gives the greatest climatic benefits?

Moderator: Kari Birkeland

  • Seafood – a sustainable and healthy solution for global challenges?, Gunhild Stordalen, Founder and Executive Chair, EAT
  • Investing in the Blue economy for sustainable oceans, Isabelle Juillard Thompsen, CFA and Portfolio Manager, DnB Asset Management
  • Energy transition – for a healthy ocean, Amy Finlayson, Global Public Affairs, Ørsted
  • How can the fertilizer industry contribute to zero emission sea transport?, Eystein Leren, Director, Industry & Market Leads, Yara Clean Ammonia

10:05 Break

10:30 OCEAN TALK: Coexistence and cooperation – can it lead to sustainable and profitable operations offshore?
What can we do to increase cross-industrial collaboration for a sustainable use of the ocean resources? And how can we both protect and restore the oceans resources and reduce ocean pollution?

  • Karoline Andaur, Secretary-General, WWF Norway
  • Amy Finlayson, Global Public Affairs, Ørsted
  • Tore Halvorsen, CTO, Loke Marine Minerals
  • Anne Hilde Midttveit, Quality, Environment and CSR, Lerøy

11:00 Short break

11:10 OCEAN KNOWLEDGE: Competence and collaboration

How can collaboration between scientists and businesses develop new methods and technologies for sustainable use of ocean resources? The industries need new competence, further digitalization and automation, as well as smarter use of data. There is a need for increased knowledge both across the industries and across industries and academia in the work for sustainable use of ocean resources and to increase the blue economy.

Moderator: TBA

  • Martin Visbeck, Head of Research Unit at Physical Oceanography, GEOMAR and Professor at Kiel University
  • Deep Purple – green hydrogen offshore energy system – a pilot consortium for developing transformative technology. Tonje Istad, Sourcing, Procurement and Engagement, Deep Purple, TechnipFMC and Anja Guerrera, Marketing, Slåttland AS
  • Data driven ocean research: The Ocean Data Platform, Jo Øvstaas, Chief Technology Officer, C4IR Ocean
  • Northern Lights CCS – operators collaborate on investment and sharing knowledge, Christel Lambton, Technical Director, Northern Lights JV

12:10 OCEAN TALK: Competence and collaborations

Part 1) Knowledge collaboration – sharing insights for data driven ocean research

  • Geir Huse, Research Director, Institute of Marine Research
  • Tore Furevik, Managing Director, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
  • Jo Øvstaas, Chief Technology Officer, C4IR Ocean

Part 2) Competence for the future

  • Pinar Heggernes, Pro-Rector, University of Bergen
  • Gunnar Yttri, Rector, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Looking ahead and closing remarks


Participation and Costs

All partners and members of GCE Ocean Technology receive a 40% discount on tickets by contacting us at

For all others the following prices apply:

  • Digital acccess - Early bird, before 31 August: 450,- NOK
  • Digital access - ordinary price: 600,- NOK
  • In-person at Grieghallen, Bergen: 2900,- NOK
  • Student – digital access: 100,- NOK


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Contact Information

Kai Stoltz

Business Development Manager

Kai Stoltz