OceanStates is back in session after the summer here in Bergen, and to set the rhythm for the autumn months, the group gathered for a two-day intensive seminar at Solstrand hotel in the municipality of Os, to discuss their progress and plans moving forward.
The Postdoctoral fellows and their supervisors each presented the backgrounds and progress of their ongoing work to offer each other deeper insights into each of their disciplines and their approaches to ocean and climate in their work.
Digging further into the potential of interdisciplinarity, the group discussed important questions such as – in various contexts, how does each of us interpret ocean and climate questions from the perspective of our own disciplines? How do we work in a way that is suitable and adaptive to the principles and methods of anthropology, natural science and law alike? What language do we use when talking about ocean and climate issues, and can we develop a shared language in our joint work?
Another major issue on the agenda was COVID-19 and the restraints that the pandemic has placed on the project’s original timeline and research plans. With all intended international travel having been cancelled – leaving out of the question important conferences and valuable research trips to the Pacific Islands and other locations abroad – the OceanStates researchers discussed new and adapted ways of doing research together and communicating that research outwards.
The scenic coastal landscape and sunny skies did much to inspire the group throughout the seminar.
The OceanStates Bergen team looks forward to the work ahead and bringing to life some of the creative ideas that surfaced at Solstrand
Written by Miriam Ladstein