Ocean Roundtable Discussion

The role of BlueTech clusters in futureproofing energy, food and mobility systems

Academia Europaea Bergen Knowledge Hub co-organized the Ocean Roundtable Discussion together with the marine/maritime industry clusters in the Bergen Region. The meeting was held in Norway House in Brussels on October 16, 2018.

Date: October 16, 2018 / 10:00 – 16:00
Location : Norway House / Rue Archimède 17 / 1000 Brussels, Belgium


10:30 Welcome remarks by Oda Helen Sletnes, Ambassador of Norway to the EU

10:35 Session 1 – Setting the scene

  • Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit Blue Economy Sectors, DG MARE
  • Sigi Gruber, Head of Marine Recources Unit, DG RTD
  • Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Innovation, DG MARE
  • Group Discussion

11:30 Session 2 – Roundtable discussion on the role of clusters in catalysing the emerging Ocean Industries and entrepreneurship

  • Owe Hagesæther, CEO GCE Subsea and Tanja Hoel, CEO NCE Seafood
  • Moderated discussion with all roundtable participants – ‘2 per intervention
    Ocean Industries vision
    The role of SMEs
    The Role of Clusters: beyond triple helix, the 5-stakeholder model

13:00 Networking lunch

14:00 Session 3 – Roundtable discussion: Ocean Education and Research

    • Research and education reps setting the context
    • Moderated discussion with all roundtable participants – ‘2 per interventio
      Research, the long-term vision
      Education and skills
      Open access, trade/offs and barriers to Growth

15:30 Summary of roundtable discussion and articulation of our common vision into a high-level statement