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Sea and Society Day 2022


Welcome to the annual event for the Sea and Society members! This year’s event will focus on the UGOT Ocean profile area and the way forward. Researchers from identified areas of strength will share their research - illustrating the inspirational diversity within the field of ocean-related research at the University of Gothenburg. The programme ends with an exclusive guided tour of the new facilities at Sjöfartsmuseet followed by a mingle with snacks and refreshments.

20 Dec 2022
13:00 - 18:00
Sjöfartsmuséet, Karl Johansgatan 1, Göteborg
Registration deadline
16 December 2022
Additional info

Centre for Sea and Society
Registration is closed.

UGOT Ocean is among the five profile areas the University of Gothenburg has choosen to be included in the further process. During the writing process three areas of strength within ocean research was identified:

  • Global Ocean Change and Resilience
  • Transformative Ocean Governance and Management
  • Innovative and Sustainable Ocean Use.

The preliminary time plan for submitting the full profile area application to the Swedish Research Council is April 2023.

The Sea and Society Day will focus on the processes forward for the profile area application.


13:00-13:20  Welcome and Introduction to UGOT Ocean Profile Area

Per Knutsson, Director, Centre for Sea and Society

13:20-13:30 Information about the VR and UGOT process 

Sigridur Beck, Head of Grants and Innovation Office (FIK)

13:30-14:05 Global Ocean Change and Resilience

Short presentation of research fields:

  • Polar and climate science, Sebastiaan Swart
  • Evolution and adaptations of marine ecosystems in a changing ocean, Marlene Jahnke
  • Coastal ocean biogeochemistry and the foundation of the marine food web, Laura Bristow
  • Marine pollution & multi-stressor anthropogenic impact on the sea, Sam Dupont
  • Historical relationship between human development & ocean change, Poul Holm

14:05-14:35 Break

14:35-15:05 Transformative Ocean Governance and Management

Short presentation of research fields:

  • Protecting and restoring marine ecosystems, Per-Olav Moksnes
  • Institutional, economic, social, political and historical dimensions of ocean governance, Cecilia Solér
  • Collective action, Sverker Jagers 
  • Structural, systemic and democratic preconditions for ocean governance transformation, Per Knutsson

15:05-15.25 Innovative and Sustainable Ocean Use

Short presentation of research fields.:

15:25-15:40 Åbo Academy University presents their Profile Area "Sea"'

Nina Tynkkynen, Professor in environmental governance and policy, Åbo Akademi University

15:40-16:00 Open Discussion and Action Plan

Marina Panova, Deputy Director, Centre for Sea and Society

16:00-17.30 Exclusive guided tour at the re-opened Maritime Museum & Aquarium

17:30-  Mingle with snacks and refreshments