No Blue, No Green

Free seminar on ocean preservation. Join our free seminar, featuring pioneer marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle as keynote speaker. Students, high school students, staff, industry professionals and the general public are all welcome on Wednesday 4 October!

The seminar is hosted by the University of Stavanger (Faculty of Science and Technology) in cooperation with IRIS (The International Research Institute of Stavanger) and the Rachel Carson Prize.



When pesticides become medicine.
Renee K. Bechmann, Senior research scientist, IRIS

In aquaculture, pesticides are used against parasitic salmon lice to protect the health of farmed and wild Atlantic salmon. How can this use of pesticides as medicine affect our coastal marine environment?

"No harmful effect" discharge regulation - a challenge to assess.
Steinar Sanni, Assistant professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mathematics and Natural Science University of Stavanger & Chief Scientist, IRIS

The strict regulatory requirements introduced in 1996/97 to conduct oil and gas production on the Norwegian Continental Shelf without damage to the marine environment lead to changes in how the industry´s environmental management was done.

It was required to be more proactive and focused on the capacity to monitor and control possible adverse effects. Certainly it has been challenging to meet the requirements to avoid damage, but also to establish methods and tools to obtain the right information created scientific challenges. An improved assessment system has been gradually developed and made operational.

How is this system? Is it now sufficient to safeguard the marine environment as the regulation requires?

No Blue, No Green, No Life.
Anne Merethe Skogland & Else Dybkjær. Anne Merethe Skogland, Associate professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Industrial Economics, Risk Management and Planning. Head of Architecture - Rambøll Stavanger. Else Dybkjær, Landscape Architect MAA MDL & Head of Landscape Architecture - Rambøll Stavanger.*

Blue Green for more Liveability
The future is blue and green. All living creatures depend on access to blue and green. It forms our cities and meeting places - and thus us as people.

eDNA for marine species monitoring and conservation.
Thierry Bausant, Chief scientist, marine environment, IRIS

Sampling and observation of the species present in an environment is critical to understand and managing ecosystems. Species detection using environmental DNA (eDNA), the genetic material from whole microbial cells or shed from multicellular organisms, is becoming a reality and offers tremendous potential over traditional observation methods. What can we tell from a simple bucket of seawater?

Bioeconomy as an alternative to over-exploitation of natural resources
Elisa Ravagnan, Senior research scientist, marine environment, IRIS

How to feed a growing human population? How to avoid overharvesting Earth’s resources?

The use of renewable biological resources from sea and land: this is bioeconomy. The bioeconomy presents alternatives to over exploitation of natural resources, focusing on efficient and innovative use of renewable biological resources using fewer raw materials, with less environmental impact, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Could the future be blue and green?”

Fate and effects of synthetic polymers - the sub-micro-plastic problem.
Roald Kommedal, Associate professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mathematics and Natural Science, UiS

Plastics and especially micro-plastic material has received broad media and research attention over the last five to ten years. Several studies on fate and effects of plastic particles in the micron range has been published, and reports on their presence in a range of habitats is numerous. Lately a global investigation proved micro-plastic to be present in drinking water.

In this presentation, we will highlight the fate and effect of synthetic polymers, and connect this to the micro-plastic problem. Examples will be given on use of synthetic polymers in industrial and municipal water applications, and possible aquatic effects and ultimate fate will be discussed.

No Blue, No Green.
Sylvia Earle, American marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998. See bio.

Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998. The same magazine recently ranked her as one of the Women Who Changed The World (video).

After the seminar: Mingling on stands + lunch 

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Photo of Dr Sylvia Earle

Dr Sylvia Earle