Cermaq RAS expert Bendik Fyhn Terjesen awarded professorship at Nord University
Cermaq Group Head of Land-based Innovation and Development Bendik Fyhn Terjesen has been appointed a professor of aquaculture technology at Nord University in Bodø, Norway.
Terjesen has an extensive research career focusing on fish physiology and aquaculture technology. He made his first experiments in water RAS in 1993 at Wageningen University. He also led the construction of the Nofima Center for Recirculation in Aquaculture and the start-up of CtrlAQUA, a center for research-based innovation in aquaculture in closed systems, before joining Cermaq.
Terjesen will combine his work at Cermaq with the position at the faculty of biosciences and aquaculture at the university, where he will teach undergraduate and graduate students and eventually also supervise doctoral students. He will also develop courses on continuing education in aquaculture technology, with a strong focus on recirculating aquaculture systems and post-smolt aquaculture practices.
Courses will be open to interested individuals from fish-farming companies in the region, with the long-term goal of initiating research collaborations with external actors.
Nord University Faculty Dean Mette Sørensen said the university was “very pleased” that Terjesen had joined the team, calling him “a very experienced aquaculture scientist,” with a broad experience within recirculation and post-smolt production.
“We want to use his knowledge and experience towards existing and new courses aimed at both campus students and in continuing and further education courses aimed at the aquaculture industry. We also hope that the collaboration will contribute to the development of new knowledge through joint research projects with the aquaculture industry,” Sørensen said.
Cermaq Chief Transformation Officer Erlend Reiten said the appointment was recognition of Terjesen’s technology expertise.
“Sharing knowledge through collaboration with Nord University is completely in line with Cermaq's knowledge- and research-based approach. We are confident that this will be a good cooperation for both parties and congratulate Terjesen on his appointment,” Reiten said.
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