nordic talks

SKREI Convention programme will continue with a short series of digital talks which will be recorded and made into podcasts. Funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers these talks will be part of the Nordic Talks, a series of podcasts which promote inspirational and curious conversations about sustainability in the world. We will tell the urgent story of codfish in times of climate change. More information and booking details coming soon.

Let this Nordic fish inspire you!

Codfish and Sustainable communities 
28th January 2021, 15.00 CET, online

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Codfish fishing and processing is a powerful example of a food system that allows us to reflect on marine resource management, environmental concerns and distribution of food. With this talk, we want to highlight innovative food systems and create a space for ideas that inspire actions for a more regenerative future and sustainable communities.

Programme of the talk

Three international speakers will present their research on codfish and food sovereignty. The talk will be moderated by Lucy Harland, journalist and curator (U.K.).

  • Dr Bamidele Raheem – Senior Researcher at the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland, Finland.
  • Johana-Evelyn Montalvan Castilla – Doctoral researcher at University of Stavanger (Norway), an educational consultant and coach
  • Elia Nurvista – Artist (Indonesia)

After the presentation, the talks will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Watch the talk here.


Respecting the sea: Codfish and marine resource management 
4th February 2021, 15.00CET, online

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Atlantic Cod has been travelling between the Barents Sea and Lofoten since the beginning of our memory – but will this journey (including the rich annual catches) last? How do we live with the fish and respect it as a food source within its ecosystem?

How can we manage, look and interact with the sea differently? What could the studies and the practices around codfish management tell us about alternatives approaches to the sea?

With this talk, we want to explore the stories of fish and people and the relationship and connection between human and fish. Our international speakers will look at how the main points and actions to make this relationship sustainable.

Three international speakers presented their research on codfish and resource management. The talk was moderated by Nafsika Papacharalampous, food anthropologist and chef (Greece).

  • Guri Hjallen Eriksen, SALT, PhD candidate, Which are the problems in law and resource management and how could we act towards the sustainable goal no 14?
  • Kerstin Johannesson, Professor in Marine Ecology at the University of Gothenburg, The genetics of cod stocks over the North Sea-Baltic Sea,
  • Joao Pedro Vale and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira – Semiotics of the Cod – Exploring the relationship between the fish and humans from an artistic and cultural perspective

Finding innovation: codfish trade from the Hanse to the future
11th February 2021, 15.00CET, online

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Stockfish has been traded since the middle ages. Today it has become a widely accessible product throughout different time periods in Europe and beyond. Stockfish is an example of a sustainable good that is regionally valued at its origin and beyond the Nordics where it is mainly consumed. Trade plays an important part in this process. We look for ideas and actions to see how history can inspire new research and innovation in the ways we trade.

Programme of the talk

Three international speakers looked at stockfish trade between the past, the present and the future. We discussed what the stockfish trade meant for the Hanse, the main issues and problems in trading stockfish (and other codfish productions) in the present and how can we imagine alternative forms of trade for the future. Lisa Collison from the University of Aberdeen will moderate the talk.

  • Angela Huang, European Hansemuseum (EHM)
  • Trym Eidem Gundersen, Norwegian Seafood Council
  • Alexandra Geldenhuys, New Dawn Traders, (UK)