The Global Maritime Knowledge Hub initiative represents Norway's largest ever private investment in maritime knowledge development, comprising 20 sponsored professorships from 22 different sponsors at seven different Norwegian educational institutions. T he background for the initiative is the observation that the maritime industry is one area where Norway has the potential to become a global knowledge leader and thereby keeping ahead of our international competitors.
In GMKHs recent strategy plan for 20 13 - 2016, the board identified three focus areas:
1) Seed phase: Maintain and initiating new financing for further professorships
2) Growth phase: Generating synergies and strengthen ongoing research by improving the collaboration between recipients and sponsors and across all institutions and research areas, and by increasing funding opportunities.
3) Harvest phase: Utilise and disseminate results and talent developed as part of the initiative.
The GMKH conference in Bergen on 2. April 2014 will addre ss many critical issues for achieving the overall strategy. It consists of an closed session for recipients and sponsors in the morning, followed by a session open to the public in the afternoon. Most importantly, the event connects key people involved in maritime research, strengthening personal networks and future collaboration. Secondly, it is a platform for frank discussion and exhange of ideas for what represents the current "best practice" for collaborative research between academia and industry. Thirdly, it is an opportunity to present ongoing research and results to other industry players and the wider public, thereby making the Norwegian maritime industry as such and the effect of the hub's efforts better known. The great variety in expertise and research interests among the maritime chair professors within GMKH ensures dissemination of results from potentially a wide range of related MAROFF projects within technology, operations and economics.