Arctic Frontiers – Knowledge for Ocean Sustainability


Monday 07 October, 2019



Monday 07 October, 2019


National University of Singapore, Auditorium in University Hall


Organised by Arctic Frontiers in collaboration with The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Singapore, National University of Singapore, Innovation Norway and with support from Eco-Business.

Knowledge for Ocean Sustainability will focus on knowledge-based management of the Arctic Ocean through science-informed policy making; marine engineering; and innovative ocean technology.

The Arctic Ocean, which covers large parts of the Arctic, contains resources that may provide a growing global population with energy, proteins and medicines. At the same time, the health of the Arctic Ocean is under threat from changes in temperature, freshwater content, acidification and a shrinking ice cover. New shipping routes are opening up, and new resources are becoming available for extraction. For coastal communities and businesses in the Arctic, these developments present both challenges and opportunities.

In order to reverse the decline in ocean health worldwide, the UN has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). The goal is to ensure that ocean sciences can support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable ocean development. Building the science we need for the Oceans we want, this seminar will look at how we can cooperate to foster scientific knowledge of the marine environment, natural resources and smart technologies.

09:00 Registration and Coffee


09:30 Welcome

  • Ambassador Anita Nergaard, Ambassador of Norway to Singapore
  • Prof. Ashraf Kassim, Director – Research Governance and Enablement, Office of the Deputy President (Research & Technology), National University of Singapore


  • Mr Ole Øvretveit, Director, Arctic Frontiers

Opening keynote 

  • Deputy Minister Liv Lønnum, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
  • Minister of State Sam Tan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

10:00 Part 1: Resources of the North – Knowledge-based Ocean Management

Format: panel discussion and questions from the audience

  • Prof. Anne Husebekk, President, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Prof. Kim Holmén, International Director, Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Assoc. Prof. Robert Beckman, Head, Ocean Law & Policy Programme, Centre of International Law, National University of Singapore
  • Prof. Erland Källén, Director, Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS)
  • Prof. Benjamin P Horton, Chair, Asian School of the Environment, Principal Investigator, Earth Observatory of Singapore

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Part 2: Arctic ocean and future ocean technology

Format: panel discussion and questions from the audience

Panel 1: The Arctic potential: Energy, Seafood, Minerals and Shipping

  • Mr Joachim Jaeger Skorge,  Managing Director & Regional Head of Asia-Pacific, DNB Markets
  • Dr Christopher Len, Senior Research Fellow, Energy Studies Institute (ESI), NUS
  • Dr Jan Solski, Postdoctoral Fellow, Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea
  • Prof. Aziz Merchant, Executive Director, Keppel Marine & Deepwater Technology and Adjunct Professor, NUS
  • Assoc. Prof. Poh Leong Hien, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering, NUS

Panel 2: Innovation and Smart Ocean Solutions

  • Mr M. Shahrin Osman, Regional Manager, Maritime Advisory, DNV GL
  • Mr Srinivas Tati, Vice President Sales and Global Business Development, Kongsberg Maritime
  • Assoc. Prof. Mandar Chitre, Head of the Acoustic Research Laboratory, Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI), NUS
  • Mr Jason Chia, Senior Manager R&D, Sembcorp Marine
  • Mr Andrea Giglietti, Customer Success Manager, Dualog

12:50 Closing

  • Dr Per Christer Lund, Technology Counsellor, Norwegian Embassy in Singapore and Innovation Norway

13:00 – 14:30 Networking lunch


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