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The Hjort Centre has focused on key challenges to society such as how to increase the productivity of the sea (providing more food for a growing population, harvesting at more trophic levels, etc.) and how human impacts such as climate change affect marine ecosystems. (Photo: Kjartan Mæstad)

The Hjort Centre is closing down

The Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics is closing down after three years in operation.

“Although we will no longer have a research centre together, we want to maintain our successful cooperation with our partners,” says Geir Huse, a research director at the Institute of Marine Research who sits on the Board of the Hjort Centre.

The other partners involved in the centre are the University of Bergen, UNI Research and the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center. The decision to close down the centre was taken by the Board in response to a request by the Institute of Marine Research.

Important global issue

The Hjort Centre has focused on key challenges to society such as how to increase the productivity of the sea (providing more food for a growing population, harvesting at more trophic levels, etc.) and how human impacts such as climate change affect marine ecosystems.

“The Hjort Centre has been important in terms of fostering broad-based cooperation – at both the technical and institutional level. That is the only way to successfully deal with these questions, which have not become any less pressing over the period that the centre has existed. However, the time is right to organise our work in a different way,” says Geir Huse.

New initiatives will replace the centre

In the future, the partners involved in the centre will continue to cooperate on specific projects. That will ensure input from a wider range of fields than was possible through the centre.

“We believe that the new structure will provide greater flexibility for the interdisciplinary projects run by the partners. The Hjort Centre helped us to establish strong ties, and it gives us an excellent foundation on which to build,” says Geir Huse.

The centre’s activities for spring 2017 will go ahead as planned. We will continue to hold the popular seminar series FortHjort.