Technology Crossovers in Blue Economy 2021

Kristiansand, Norway
12.01.21 - 14.01.21

Explore emerging crossover technologies for ocean business opportunities

Join us at our international business and technology conference focusing on how cross-sector cooperation can make ocean-based solutions to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals aimed at providing clean energy, fuel industry, innovation and infrastructure, and protect biodiversity and life below water.


The world’s population is expected to increase by about 2 billion people by 2050. This will lead to increased demand for food and energy. At the same time the global blue economy (OECD, 2016) will increase from 1,5 to 3.0 trillion USD and employ more than 40 million people by 2030.  A mounting global challenge is how to develop the new blue economy while keeping the biodiversity and the biological production in a sustainable state, i.e. combining the hard and soft technologies in future business developments.

The challenge now is to transform technologies developed in the traditional blue economies, as for example in the offshore energy sector, to develop the emerging new blue economy. This multi-disciplinary international conference is intended to promote technology, science and integration of knowledge for sustainable business development across the blue industries in harmony with the biological aspect of coastal zones and oceans.


  • Global and Regional view
    Over the past ten years increased attention has been directed towards the blue economy as potential for new economic growth. This session will report on the scope and size of the new blue economy globally and describe the status and focus in the different regions around the globe.
  • Global Business Development
    As the globalization of economies, societies, and cultures continues, and nations become more integrated through networks of exchange, international business development and global strategic management will be even more important than before. The main objective of this session is to identify how the new blue industries globally can develop within the constraints and opportunities of the ecosystems.
  • Crossover Technologies in Blue Economy
    Knowhow and technologies developed within the traditional blue economies will serve as basis for development of the new blue economies.  At the same time, it is vital that the development within the new blue economies are based on understanding of the marine biodiversity and ecosystems functions to secure sustainable use of the resources.
  • Future Challenges and Finance
    OECD expect the global maritime/marine economy to double by 2030.  This session will address the challenges identified and how to secure a sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, through entrepreneurship, investment, research and innovation.
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Program (the program is subject to change)

  • 17:00-19:00


  • 19:00-21:00

    Welcome reception

  • 08:00-09:00


  • 09:00-09:30

    Opening ceremony

  • 09:30-10:15

    Introductory lecture

  • 10:45-12:30

    Theme 1: Global and Regional view

  • 14:00-17:00

    Theme 2: Global Business Development

  • 17:00-19:00

    Poster Session and Speakers corner

  • 19:30-22:00

    Reception by GCE NODE & NFEA

  • 09:00-14:00

    Theme 3: Crossover Technologies in Blue Economy

  • 14:00-18:00

    Theme 3: Crossover Technologies in Blue Economy

  • 20:00


  • 09:00-12:00

    Theme 3: Crossover Technologies in Blue Economy

  • 13:00-15:45

    Theme 4: Future Challenges and Finance

  • 15:45-16:00

    Closing remarks

Practical information


12.01.21 - 14.01.21


Radisson BLU Caledonien Hotel
Vestre Strandgate 7, 4610 Kristiansand, Norway


Participation fee

  • Early Bird until August 1st 2020: 8.000,- NOK (800 EUR)
  • Normal: 10.000,- NOK (1.000 EUR)
  • Speakers/ Poster: 4.000,- NOK (400 EUR)
  • Students: Contact us.

Program Committee

Marianne Engvoll, GCE Node and Karin Sundsvik, NFEA

International Advisory Board:
Chair: Stig Marthinsen, PERISCOPE & South Norway European Office, Norway

«Oceans cover 70% of the earth’s surface, yet in terms of sustainable exploitation we have not tapped into its full potential. To advance, crossover technologies and expertise represents a tremendous opportunity to unlock new markets in the blue economy.» – Stig Marthinsen, Chair, International Advisory Board

Vegard Aksnes, SINTEF Ocean, Norway
Kathrine Angell-Hansen, JPI Ocean
Roland Cormier, Ecorisk Mgmt Inc., Canada
Robert Flynn, European Marine Energy Centre, Scotland
Monica Grasso, NOAA, USA
Christopher Harman, NIVA, Norway
Thor Arne Håverstad, NORCE, Norway
Alf Håkon Hoel, UiT, Norway
Niall McDonough, Marine Institute, Ireland
Jan Mees, Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, Belgium
Philippe Moguedet, Ifremer, France
Joanna Przedrzymirska, Instytut Morski w Gdańsku, Poland
Fran Saborido-Rey, IIM-CSIC, Spain
Andy Steven, CSIRO, Australia
Nagayuki Suzuki, The Nippon Foundation, Japan
Gongke Tan, QNLM, China
Arjen Uytendaal, The Dutch Maritime Cluster, The Netherlands
Chien Ming Wang, The University of Queensland, Australia
Wendy Watson-Wright, Ocean Frontier Institute, Canada
Jonathan Williams, Marine South East Ltd, UK
Chang I Zhang, Pukyong National University, Korea

Local Organising Committee
Bente Løvaas, GCE Node, Norway
Tonje Olsen, NFEA

Other information

Important dates
15 May 2020 – Abstract submission deadline
1 July 2020 – Abstract acceptance notification
1 September 2020 – Early registration deadline
12-14 January 2021 – Conference

Any Questions?
Please contact Erlend Moksness at GCE Node.