The Nansen Tutu Center Joint Venture Agreement signed during the South Africa and Norway Science week

The signatory parties of the Nansen-Tutu Centre joint venture behind the Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa HE Trine Skymoen (left) and the South African Ambassador to Norway HE Queen Ann.The signatory parties of the Nansen-Tutu Centre joint venture behind the Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa HE Trine Skymoen (left) and the South African Ambassador to Norway HE Queen Ann.The Nansen-Tutu Center for Marine Environmental Research (NTC) was established as a joint venture between institutional partners from South Africa, Norway and USA in 2010. Its goal is to gather information about the three oceans around southern Africa, and to better understand and deal with global change across the African continent. The Centre is governed through a joint venture agreement currently between eight South-African, three Norwegian and one US partner institutions. The official launch of the third 3 years joint venture agreement was made during the South Africa Norway Science week in Cape Town. The Norwegian partners in the third Phase are the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Institute of Marine Research and the University of Bergen. Nansen Center Director Johnny A. Johannessen and Isabelle Ansorge, Head of Oceanography Department, University of Cape Town (UCT) were elected the Co-chairs of the Board for the period.

The renewal of the agreement was followed by a one-day workshop on marine research relevant to South Africa and Norway. The vision of the Nansen-Tutu Center’s is to serve Africa through advancing knowledge of the marine environment and climate system in the spirit of Nobel Peace Laureates Fridtjof Nansen and Desmond Tutu. The Centre aims to develop and implement operational oceanography and methods of data integration into models in the South Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean, with a focus on ocean state, marine environmental and ecosystem modelling, and the role of the ocean in climate and weather.

The agreement aims at education of four master and two PhD students Under the Nansen-Tutu Scholarship Programme. Joint organisation of two research training schools, and exchange visits of six scientist and six students between South Africa and Norway. Each scientist should produce at least one scientific publication per year affiliated with the Nansen-Tutu Centre.