Night at the Aquarium

Tid: Fredag 27. september kl. 19.00 til 22.00

Sted: Akvariet i Bergen

Tickets: Students free of charge / others 50 kr

Welcome to a night at the aquarium where researchers from the University of Bergen, Havforskningsinstituttet, Høgskulen på Vestlandet, CMI and NORCE will hold short lectures on the topic ‘life in the ocean’. The lectures celebrate the importance of the Sustainable Development Goal number 14, “LIFE BELOW WATER”, giving us a picture of why life below water matters to us and to the planet we inhabit.

The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.

The sea has always defined Norway’s history and culture. We often tell stories about our deep roots as sea-faring traders, as well as the stories of the brutal Viking raiders. We have stewarded the ocean and it has shaped our people for hundreds of years. Bergen, as a port city, is tightly bound to the ocean due to its economy and excellent marine researchers.

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters due to pollution and the ocean acidification is having an adversarial effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. This is also negatively impacting small scale fisheries (

Night at the aquarium is organized by Forskningsdagene i Bergen in collaboration with the University of Bergen and Bergen Aquarium. It is sponsored by the Research Council of Norway under the European initiative “Researchers’ Night”, which is an open science event across all Europe in the same day, making science and the work of scientists familiar to audiences all over Europe.