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2009 A deep Ocean Odyssey
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2009 A deep Ocean Odyssey

The '2009 A Deep Ocean Odyssey' held in Kristiansand, Norway was a huge success and attracted 600 high-school students and many online viewers. For the benefit of those who missed it or wish to watch again, a recorded version is available.


The recording comes in 10 sections, each with a talk, a music sequence, or a film/animation:


Welcome - Bergstad  - Introductory slide shows with music, and welcome by MAR-ECO PI Odd Aksel Bergstad.

Talk1 - L. Doksæter (IMR, Norway) and A. Gislason (MRI, Iceland): 'Green food and Goants of the mid-Ocean Surface'. Approx. 15 min.

Talk2 - T. Falkenhaug (IMR, Norway) and T. Sutton (VIMS, USA): 'Coping with Vastness, Darkness and Hunger'. Approx. 15 min.

Music - Live band and images. Composer: Steffen Flasnes; Images: David Shale; Show designer: Kåre Mosgren. Approx. 5 min.

Intermission - with activities in the cinema foajér. Interviews with students. Interviewer: Tom Beck Letessier.

Music - Live band and images. Composer: Steffen Flasnes; Images: David Shale; Show designer: Kåre Mosgren. Approx. 5 min.

Talk3 - Monty Priede (OCEANLAB, Univ. Aberdeen, UK) and Allan Hughes (NOCS, UK): 'Bottom-dwellers on peaks and plains'. Approx. 15 min. 

Talk4 - Olav Rune Godø, Odd Aksel Bergstad (IMR, Norway): 'Searching Wide and Far' (technology). Approx. 15 min.

The End - Final statements and handing over of gifts to school libraries. Schools from the District of Agder, Norway (towns: Mandal, Søgne, Kristiansand, Vennesla, Lillesand, Grimstad, Arendal).


  • Director: Jo Høyer (University of Bergen, Bergen Museum)
  • Moderator: Nicola King (University of Aberdeen) 
  • Music to slideshows: Steffen Flasnes (Rockegården DA and University of Agder, Faculty of Arts). Musicians: Steffen Flasnes (keyboards), Kristian Tybakken (percussion) and Maylen Rusti (vocals). 
  • Still photography: David Shale 

  • Slideshow design: Kåre Mosgren (University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science)

  • 'History of the Blue Planet' animations: NOAA, USA.

  • Video filming and editing: Knut Willy Cold Næss and associates (University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science).

  • IT support and streaming: Morgan Konnestad, Sigurd Brinch, Sven Kjetil Haaø (University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science), Tor Birkeland (Institute of Marine Research).

  • Sound: Ove Nesheim (Stage Concept AS, Kristiansand).

  • Light: Harald Stensland (KOLON teater, Kristiansand).

  • Artwork (sculptures): Anne Edvardsen

  • Flower decorations: Vibeke Vesterhus

  • Intermission activities: MAR-ECO partners, Ms Nina Svane-Michelsen (game designer, Univ. Bergen), and staff from the Institute of Marine Research, Flødevigen.

  • Intermission reporter: Tom Bech Letessier (University of St. Andrews).

  • Venue: Kristiansand Cinema ASA.

  • Projector support: Agder Theater

Numerous unnamed MAR-ECO partners contributed images and information for the science talks. The '2009 A Deep Ocean Odyssey' was an element of the MAR-ECO synthesis efforts leading up to the 2010 Census of Marine Life and the final events in London, October 2010.

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