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Programme ready for #DEEPSEAMINERALS

 The Prime Minister of Cook Islands Honorable Mark Brown.
The Prime Minister of Cook Islands Honorable Mark Brown. Photo by the Cook Island Authority.

We are very pleased to announce an international programme with world leading experts for this year’s Deep Sea Minerals conference to be held in Bergen 26-27 October.

The conference will be opened by The Cook Islands' Prime Minister Honourable Mark Brown. Cook Island assigned three exploration licences earlier this year, and one of the sessions will be devoted to the ongoing work and licencing round.

Addressing key topics

The conference will feature world leading industry and researchers presenting the latest developments within deep sea minerals.

The programme is divided into the following six sessions:

  • Exploration status
  • Cook Island – The first licensing round
  • The environment – Licence to operate
  • Exploration strategy and technology
  • Mineral processing and marked
  • Norwegian start-ups

The conference will also provide the latest status from both the International Seabed Authorit (ISA) and the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

See the full programme

Student Innovation Challenge

GCE Ocean Technology has invited students at BSc/MSc level to join our Deep Sea Minerals Innovation Challenge.

Photo: Student workshop to outline the best concept for exploration and utilisation of deep sea minerals.

The best concepts enabling sustainable deep sea minerals exploration and utilisation, will be awarded with 10 000,- NOK, free entrance and presentation at the Deep Sea Minerals conference. Free entrance to the conference will also be awarded to ten of the students involved in the best proposals.

Read more and submit your proposal within 26 September.

Contact Information

Jon O. Hellevang

R&D Manager

Jon O. Hellevang


An international conference to be arranged for the 2nd time in Bergen Norway 26-27 October. We expect about 200 participants from all over the world.

The conference is targeting industry professionals, environmental groups, policymakers, the geoscience community and other stakeholders who are eager to learn more about an emerging global industry and how Norway is preparing for the 1st licensing round for deep-sea minerals.