Norway to lead new marine research office in Brussels

Arvid Hallén was the host of the official opening of the JPI Oceans office in Brussels. (Photo: The Research Council of Norway)

JPI Oceans’ recently-opened office in Brussels is intended to be an active hub for dialogue and cooperation between the member countries of the European joint programme in the field of marine and maritime research.

In 2010 Norway, together with Belgium and Spain, took the initiative to establish a Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on marine research. Norwegian Kathrine Angell-Hansen is the director of the JPI Oceans secretariat.

Formal opening

The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) is the first JPI to have dedicated office space in Brussels.

State Secretary Kristine Gramstad of the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs officially opened the office. In her remarks she said, “Utilising the potential of the seas and oceans to solve global challenges relating to the environment, food supply and renewable energy entails tremendous responsibility. Therefore the management of our seas and oceans must be firmly rooted in sound, research-based knowledge.”

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