Welcome to the first ever edition THE OCEAN, a one-day conference taking place 17 September in Bergen. We are happy to present you with a program focusing on cross-over opportunities, innovations and new collaborations within the sustainable use of ocean resources.

THE OCEAN is initiated by a broad range of engaged partners determined to provide the most important and relevant arena for new discoveries, connections and collaborations across ocean industries and academic institutions.

– The maritime industry has ambitious climate targets and cooperation across companies and across sectors is key to reaching these targets. We strongly support THE OCEAN conference as an important arena for knowledge sharing between important stakeholders in the industry.  We believe meeting places like this will bring new ideas to the table, ideas that will enable both more sustainable operations and strengthen the competitiveness of the maritime industry, says CEO of NCE Maritime CleanTech, Hege Økland.


Arne Hjeltnes will be hosting THE OCEAN Talkshow with keynote speakers and invited guests. You will meet industry and academic leaders talking about themes like:

  • Knowledge for managing sustainable ocean industries.
  • The green business potential
  • Cross-over opportunities in the ocean industries
  • Digitalization in the aquaculture industry
  • Blue sustainable finance

Keynote speakers at THE OCEAN:

  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister
  • Elisabeth Grieg, Chair, Grieg Maturitas
  • Ole Eirik Lerøy, Chairman of the Board, MOWI
  • Beate Myking, Senior Vice President, New Energy Solutions, Equinor



– We need to collaborate to meet our shared challenges and explore new opportunities in the use of our ocean resources. That´s why the partners have established THE OCEAN as a yearly event, and we are happy to welcome you to the first edition in Bergen, September 17th, 2019, says Solveig Holm, leader of THE OCEAN´s steering group and Senior Advisor in NCE Seafood Innovation Cluster.

The future belongs to the ocean. Our time to contribute has come. Join us and make a difference!