Researchers’ night at Bergen Aquarium

To acknowledge and support the One Ocean Expedition, Researchers’ Night in Bergen put focus on the state of the oceans, and how countries work together for a sustainable future despite conflict and different political views.

Each autumn, the Norwegian research council organises Researchers’ Night events around the country. One such event was hosted by Bergen Aquarium and the One Ocean Expedition on 24 September 2021. Scientists from Bergen-affiliated research institutions participated in a talk about the expedition, the challenges, and possibilities related to the sustainable future of the world’s oceans.

Built2biodegrade researcher Dr. Gunhild Bødtker was part of this event as representative of the Norwegian Research centre NORCE’s contribution to the One Ocean Expedition.

Dr Bødtker spoke about how biodegradable plastic may be a part of the solution to reduce accumulation of plastic in the environment, while at the same time urging the importance of realistic assessments of environmental biodegradation rates, especially in cold climates where the knowledge base is currently lacking in terms of relevant studies. She also explained how the Bergen Aquarium experiment Built2biodegrade could help to close this knowledge gap.

This led to a spontaneous presentation of the Built2biodegrade experiment in front of the experiment tank after the official evening’s programme was concluded.

Gunhild Bødtker talking about NORCE’s scientific contribution to the One Ocean Expedition. (Photo: Øyvind Ganesh Eknes)

 

Gunhild Bødtker giving a spontaneous presentation of – and update results from – the Built2biodegrade experiment at the Bergen Aquarium in front of a young audience genuinely concerned about environmental plastic pollution and eager to discuss on the topic and potential solutions. (Photo: Øyvind Ganesh Eknes)

 

 

 

 

 

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