Researchers and Sailors

Sailing 4 Science (S4S) is a platform for students, research scientists, citizens, sailors and enterprises to collaborate for ocean research. We are a model for bottom up science projects that empowers students and scientists all over the world. This is specially significant in developing nations, where legislation and lack of infrastructure may stand in the way of scientific progress. We want to find solutions, investigate and raise awareness of our changing oceans. 

Murat Van Ardelan

Murat leads the Marine Chemistry and Biogeochemistry group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has experience working  both in Antarctic and Arctic regions and focuses on understanding the role of trace metals in marine biogeochemical cycles.  

Martin Hassellöv

Maria G. Digernes

Martin leads the research group in marine environmental nanochemistry at the University of Gothenburg. He is working on marine pollution in its solid form, e.g. marine litter, from nanometer scale to the ecosystem level. He is also running the sailing research and communication vessel Hrimfare (hrimfare.com)

Maria is a PhD student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is working on dissolved organic carbon characterization and trace elements in the ocean.

Mathew K. Avarachen

Mathew is a PhD student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is working on biological and microbial carbon pumps in the ocean and its ecological responses of marine ecosystems. 

Annie Vera Hunnestad

Annie is a PhD student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, specializing in iron aqcuisition strategies in marine cyanobacteria.

Tomasz Maciej Ciesielski

Tomasz is a Researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at the Department of Biology. 

Julia Farkas

Julia is a research scientist in the Environment and new research department at SINTEF in Trondheim, Norway. 


Exploring the oceans

The ocean is vast and under-explored. New technology, including satellites, automatization efforts, developments of sensors and about 300 active research vessels worldwide are improving the data collections in and around the ocean. However the oceanographic understanding and data are still incomplete, due to the vastness of the ocean and the diversity of challenges.


S4S will increase data and knowledge gathering, and achieve healthy and clean ocean awareness by empowering students and young scientists, especially in under-developed, under-studied regions, as well as using involvement of citizens in data collection and ocean stewardship.


Increasing knowledge while empowering young scientists

  •  Serving students and scientists around the world committed with scientific investigation, education, technology development and dissemination related to the marine environment

  • Supporting marine scientists and potential citizen scientist in countries lacking marine research infrastructures

  • Building necessary foundation to construct the future generations of marine scientists, professionals and governance

  • Providing opportunities to common citizen-sailors to experience life and scientific exploration at sea

  • Raising awareness and increasing ocean literacy

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