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Kristineberg celebrates 140 years

Nyhet: 2017-08-22

Since 1877 scientists and students have investigated the marine environment from the research station Kristineberg on the Swedish west coast. The 140 year anniversary will be celebrated on the 28 of August by historical flashbacks together with presentations highlighting current strategies designed to develop the station into a high-level research and innovation centre.

On the initiative of Sven Lovén the Royal Swedish Academy founded “Kristineberg Zoological marine station”. At that time Sven Lovén was head of the invertebrate division of The Swedish Museum of Natural History and had for decades spend his summers in the Gullmarfjord area. The beautiful location at the unique threshold fjord, the only genuine fjord in Sweden was ideal for the collection of marine organisms.

The research station has changed names and owner over the past 140 years. The Royal Swedish Academy of Science operated the station from 1877 to 1994. Between 1994 and 2007 the station was operated by both the Academy and University of Gothenburg (GU) in collaboration. Since 2008 Kristineberg is operated by the University of Gothenburg and owned by Academic House.

Meeting place for marine sciences

Throughout the 140 years of Kristineberg’s existence, thousands of Swedish and International researchers and students have studied and contributed to the development of many marine research areas. It was important for Sven Lovén to make the station a comfortable and creative environment in order to achieve good science and collaborations. This heritage is still valid and important.

Focus on the future

The state of the ocean and the future of marine science are faced with challenges that demand collaboration across all scientific and social disciplines as well as management. Simultaneously with the 140 year anniversary of Kristineberg working groups are in planning to broaden and develop the work carried out at both marine stations operated by the University of Gothenburg, Kristineberg and Tjärnö. Axel Wenblad, previously director general of the Swedish National Board of Fisheries, was given the mission by the Vice-Chancellor of GU to evaluate activities at the marine stations. His report advised to keep both stations but at the same time broaden the user base in a resource efficient way. Within this framework, a letter of intent together with negotiations are in progress between GU and other research institutes (IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, KTH Royal Technical High School in Stockholm, and Chalmers Technical High School in Gothenburg).

The ambition of this process is to establish Kristineberg as a centre for marine research and innovation.

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