SUREAQUA ; A Nordic Centre of Excellence on Bioeconomy

The SUREAQUA Nordic Centre of Excellence was established in 2017 to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration across the Nordic bioeconomy community. It is funded through NordForsk’s Nordic Bioeconomy Programme, and is coordinated by the Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE).

The Nordic region is particularly well-positioned to grow and improve its potential in aquatic production. From improving technologies in aquaculture, to finding alternative and more extensive uses of bio-resources, to establishing comprehensive and effective assessment models and governance approaches, the Nordic region has a unique opportunity to lead the transition to the blue bioeconomy.

Strong cooperation within the Nordic region has the potential to address these complex challenges in an effective manner promoting sustainability and resilience throughout the sector. The partnerships that make up the SUREAQUA consortium are extensive and their combined expertise is broad. Close to 40 partners will participate in the Centre’s activities including universities, research centres, industry, and non-governmental organisations.

The activities of SUREAQUA are organised along the lines of four themes so as to ensure a comprehensive approach to understanding and developing the Nordic bioeconomy to its full potential.  Though each theme has its own clear goals, there is naturally much crossover between all four.

The Vision of the Centre is to advance the transition to the Bioeconomy through knowledge sharing and interdisciplinary collaboration in the Nordic region with a focus on the bio economy in an aquatic context, the Centre’s efforts concentrate on:

- global food and nutrient security

- increased resource efficiency, and

- environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

- This is done through close collaboration with both the private and public sectors.