Hjort Summer School 2015 - ‘Fishing and physics as drivers of marine ecosystem dynamics’

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General information

The first Johan Hjort Summer School will target the great question in marine ecosystem dynamics: How do marine ecosystems work? When do ocean physics and biogeochemistry dominate the game and when are fisheries the main driver and structuring force? This will be discussed with contributions from both oceanographers and ecologists. The course is an excellent chance to learn how ocean ecosystems are structured and forced, to meet some of the scientific leaders of the field, and to meet other young scientists with similar research interests.

Leading researchers from North America and Europe working on both oceanographic and ecological perspectives will do the teaching in a mix of lectures, discussion groups, workshops, and student presentations. 

The summer school is an activity within the newly established Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics - a collaboration among marine institutions in Bergen with the aim of increasing the sustainable harvest of marine living resources. Summer schools in marine science have long traditions here in Bergen - more than 100 years back to the time when Johan Hjort developed his theories of fluctuations in the great fisheries of Northern Europe.

The summer school (including accommodation) will be held at the marine field station Espeland of the University of Bergen located near Bergen. A diploma with an overview of activities in the school will be provided, with a recommended 3 ECTS for students attending with presentation. 

Contact Person: (jones@imr.no)


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Venue: Espeland - Marine Biological Station
Bergen, Norway



Accommodation and meals for all participants at the marine field station Espegrend is free of charge to all participants, but travel costs will not be covered. A pick-up service will be arranged for all students travelling to Espegrend from Bergen on a day-day basis.


 The Hjort Summer School will target PhD students, and are also open to advanced Masters students and young researchers.

Application Procedure:

A short application containing information on academic background (place of study, supervisor/research team, academic degree) and research interests can be sent to Jon Egil Skjæraasen at jones@imr.no.

Application Deadline: May 1st 2015

*In case of overbooking, priority will be given to applicants in the following order; 1) PhD students, 2) Young Scientists, 3) Master students. 


Academic level: Master, PhD
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