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Collaborations for Sustainable Oceans

The University of Gothenburg collaborates extensively on marine and maritime issues, both regionally, nationally and internationally. Here you will find information about our platforms and how you can collaborate with us.

International collaborations

The European Marine Board

The European Marine Board (EMB) is the leading European think tank in marine science policy. It provides a platform to advance marine research and to bridge the gap between science and policy.

Contact person at the University of Gothenburg: Per Åberg, Department of Marine Sciences


EuroMarine is a European marine science network launched in 2014. It represents the merger of the scientific communities of three former European Networks of Excellence: EUR-OCEANS, Marine Genomics Europe, and MarBEF.

Contact person at the University of Gothenburg: Marina Panova, Department of Marine Sciences


MARE is an interdisciplinary social science organisation interested in the use and management of marine resources. Its objective is to provide a stimulating intellectual climate for academics and policymakers working on topics related to coasts and seas.

Contact person at the University of Gothenburg: Per Knutsson, School of Global Studies


The SUBMARINER network is a unique platform that bring actors from the whole Baltic Sea Region together to actively promote innovative and sustainable use of marine resources.

Contact person at the University of Gothenburg: Lena Gipperth, Department of Law


The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, ICES, wants to advance and share scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and the services they provide and to use this knowledge to generate state-of-the-art advice for meeting conservation, management, and sustainability goals. Several of the University's researchers participate in ICES' s working groups.

Contact person at the University of Gothenburg: Eva-Lotta Sundblad, Swedish Institute for Marine Research


The objective of IPBES is to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.  IPBES was established under the auspices of UN in 2012, and the UN bodies UN Environment, UNDP, UNESCO and FAO.

Contact person at the University of Gothenburg: Marie Stenseke, Human Geography, Department of Economy and Society

Environment for Development (EfD)

Environment for Development (EfD) is a global network of environmental economics research centres solving the world’s most pressing environmental and development challenges in the Global South. One of the six programmes concerns sustainable managing of coast and seas. The network is coordinated by the University of Gothenburg.

Contact person at the University of Gothenburg: Håkan Eggert, Department of Economics

The European Ocean Coalition (EU4Ocean)

The European Ocean Coalition (EU4Ocean) connects diverse organisations, projects and people that contribute to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean. Supported by the European Commission, this bottom-up inclusive initiative aims at uniting the voices of Europeans to make the ocean a concern of everyone.

Contact person at the University of Gothenburg: Lena Gipperth, Department of Law.

European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC)

A European research infrastructure that provides researchers and companies with access to marine organisms and the facilities to study them, including experimental facilities and technological platforms. The University of Gothenburg leads the national part of the network EMBRC Sweden.

Contact person at the University of Gothenburg: Matthias Obst, Department of Marine Sciences. 

Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)

SCOR is an international non-governmental non-profit organization focusing on promoting international cooperation in planning and conducting oceanographic research, and solving methodological and conceptual problems that hinder research.  The SCOR Secretariat is hosted at the University of Delaware, USA. 

Contact person at the University of Gothenburg: Jonathan Havenhand, Department of Marine Sciences. 

Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (Wiomsa)

Wiomsa is dedicated to promoting the educational, scientific and technological development of all aspects of marine sciences throughout the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region.

Contact person at the University of Gothenburg: Lena Gipperth, Department of Law

National collaborations

Blue Food - Centre for future seafood

The purpose of the centre is to harness the enormous potential that exists in the production of nutritious food from Swedish waters and thus make Sweden a leading producer of sustainable seafood.

Contact person at University of Gothenburg: Kristina Snuttan Sundell, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Kristineberg Center for Marine Research and Innovation

Kristineberg Center is an open partnership founded to accelerate the transition to a sustainable blue economy. The mission is to advance the implementation of research and knowledge. The centre is physically located at the historic marine research station Kristineberg, west of Fiskebäckskil in Sweden.

Contact person at University of Gothenburg: Lena Gipperth, Department of Law. 

Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment 

The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (Havsmiljöinstitutet) is a national academic node for interdisciplinary analysis and synthesis assisting marine environmental governance. A cooperation between University of Gothenburg, Stockholm University, Umeå University, Linnaeus University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Contact person at University of Gothenburg: Mats Lindegart, Department of Marine Sciences.

Swedish Mariculture Research Center, SWEMARC

The Swedish Mariculture Research Center, SWEMARC, is one of six interdisciplinary research centers at the University of Gothenburg with research that meets today's global societal challenges. The goal is to increase the sustainability of farming food from the ocean through interdisciplinary and socially engaging research.

Contact person: Kristina Sundell, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences.

Viable Seas

Viable Seas is a national marine and maritime collaboration platform that works to unite academia, business and the public sector in the pursuit of creating a sustainable blue economy. The University of Gothenburg is one of seven partners where the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute acts as the host organization.

Contact person: Per Knutsson, School of Global Studies.