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ICES-president Cornelius Hammer
ICES-president Cornelius Hammer pointed out that climate changes affect the marine ecosystems. This calls for a global scientific effort.
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Global changes call for global research

As we face global climate changes, it becomes clearer that we live in one world. Our common problems call for common research. This was the key message when ICES president Cornelius Hammer opened the international zooplankton symposium “New challenges in a changing ocean”. 

Close to 400 researchers from all over the world are attending the ICES/PICES zooplankton production symposium in Bergen this week. The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is local organizer.

The Mayor of Bergen, Marte Mjøs Persen

The mayor of Bergen, Marte Mjøs Persen, was proud to welcome the participants to Bergen; the marine capital of Norway. She advised them to visit the town and to enjoy the rare, sunny weather.  

Of high importance

Sissel Rogne, Director at the IMR, noted that the zooplankton symposium is a somehow rare happening, held only six times since 1961. But, she continued, the symposium is arranged when it’s actually needed. And with the increasing commercial interest in the oceans, the sixth symposium is of great importance.

Mayor of Bergen, Marte Mjøs Persen, was honored to welcome the participants to the marine capital of Norway. She pointed out the many important roles the oceans play in our lives. In From the oceans we get food, recreation and efficient transport routes.

Climate change

Thomas Therriault, who is chair of PICES Science board, also greeted the audience before the scientific part opened. Norwegian scientists Hein Rune Skjoldal (IMR) and Stein Kaartvedt (University of Oslo) spoke of respectively calanus species in the Arctic and the use of echosounders as a non-intrusive observation method.

The symposium is divided in eight sessions and seven workshops. They explore the zooplankton diversity and role in the marine food web, new technologies, how zooplankton communities respond to climate changes etc. Follow link to the right to find updated program.