‘Sea University’ travels by ship to travel the world


Bergen’s longest ship, Strad Lehkukul, will sail around Arundal, Norway, on Friday, August 20, for 20 months. One ocean voyage is aimed at attracting and sharing knowledge about the ocean’s important role in global sustainable development and in the process of mobilizing people from all over the world.

The event is part of it ArendalsukaA.D. Norway’s most famous political-scientific festival, which will be celebrated again this year after it was canceled due to the epidemic in 2020. A.D. By 2019, the festival will be attended by an estimated 100,000 people and will feature more than 1,200 events. It is modeled in Swedish Almedalsvekkan And has been edited since 2012.

An ocean voyage – the “Floating University”

One Ocean Expedition will be a ‘marine university’ that will connect students, scientists, leaders and people around the world, said Hakon Vatley, CEO of the Starad Arad Lehkuhle Foundation.

“We will be a powerful voice that inspires people to work for clean and sustainable seas,” he said.

The project was launched by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in August 2020 – the world.

“We need more people to develop knowledge and participation in the oceans. So it was clear that the government was cooperating with an ocean project.

For many, the oceans are key to sustainability [development] Goals related to poverty, hunger, labor and health. But the oceans are also under great pressure from climate change, biodiversity, fishing and pollution. ”

“An ocean is bringing scientists, young people, governments, businesses and civil society together at a seminar on the ocean. Whether they are in Havana, Valparasso or Fiji, they are learning from each other and from their experiences on the voyage. This will make them ambassadors dedicated to clean, healthy and productive oceans, ”Solberg said at the graduation.

An ocean voyage begins on August 20, 2021, and lasts until April 2023. During these 20 months, the Straud Lehukhul will travel to 55 ports around the world by sailing 55,000 miles. The ship regularly sends home reports to various schools and institutions of higher learning.

In each of the 36 port visits * the research team participates in public events and meetings to share and discuss their findings and build relationships. “The ship will be used for meetings, conventions, and corporate events,” Vattle said in the video.

According to the travel website, “the main purpose is to focus on the critical role of the ocean in the international arena and to share knowledge.”

The trip ends on April 15, 2023 with an ocean week in Bergen and an international week with courses, conferences and workshops related to marine research at the Bergen Regional Council.

Ten years of ocean science for sustainable development

The voyage is part of the United Nations’ decade-long study of ocean science for sustainable development.

Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, the ship will provide high-quality information on ocean physics, chemistry and biology throughout its voyage. Everyone can follow the journey online and parts of the trip will be open for travelers. Some legs are for sale, but some are also available for booking.

Scientific and academic collaboration

During the voyage, a tour of various parts of the world was organized to keep the ship afloat. The project will be funded by NOK180 million (US $ 20 million) by the University of Bergen, the Norwegian Institute for Maritime Research, Western Norway (HVL) and a total of 13 research institutes and Norwegian ministers. About NOK200 million (US $ 22 million).

“Most of these feet [of the journey] You are now employed and, for example, [Norwegian] The Marine Research Institute is moving the ship from Havana to Nassau. Students from Bjerknes Center [for Climate Research] At Bergen University, Harvard University and the University of the West Indies, and many others are boarding the Caribbean. Nansen Center is moving the ship from Map to Cape Town. The Norwegian Polar Institute is moving one foot from Usuwaia to Porto Mont. ” Krono, A Norwegian university-based newspaper.

In November of this year, Bergen University’s graduate course “Climate Action Field Course: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions” will take place as the ship sails from Curacao, Kingston, to Havana, Cuba.

Then, from May to August 2022, at Bergen University, a new multidisciplinary course – ocean, climate, community – the ship sailed from Valparazos to Palau across the Pacific Ocean.

The course is open to students from Bergen University and some partner universities who pass at least 60 ECTS (European credit transfer and deposit system) points. The course will be open to applications from September 1 to 30, 2021.

* Street details and tickets are available here.


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