In its revised national budget, the Norwegian government proposes merging the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and NIFES – The National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research.

– We expect strong growth in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the coming years. That will increase our need for relevant research and collaboration across disciplines. By covering a wider range of areas, the new institute will be more competitive, including at the international level, says Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg. Under the plan, the two institutes will merge on January 1st 2018.

Greater breadth

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) employs almost 800 people. Its head office is in Bergen, and it also has facilities in Tromsø, Flødevigen, Matre and Austevoll. NIFES is entirely based in Bergen, where it has around 160 employees. Professor Sissel Rogne, the Managing Director of the IMR, will become the Managing Director of the merged institute.

– The merger will give us greater breadth and help us to take a more holistic approach to managing our marine and coastal resources, says Sissel Rogne.

Holistic advice

Ole Arve Misund is the Director General of NIFES. He was recently appointed to lead the Norwegian Polar Institute, where he will take up his duties on September 1st 2017.

– The merger of the Institute of Marine Research and NIFES will enable them to carry out better, more relevant research, as well as provide more holistic advice, says Ole Arve Misund.

The heads of the two institutes will work together on the merger process, and the aim is to have a new joint structure in place by October 15th.

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