Norwegian Marine University Consortium
An academic forum for cooperation on marine and maritime research, education and infrastructure

The Secretariat is in charge with implementation of the strategic , operational decisions and activities proposed by the board of NMU. The Secretariat is headed by an Executive Officer (EO) who is employed at the University of Bergen with the approval of the Board. 

Duties of the Executive Officer

  • To support the day-to-day operations of the consortium
  • To act a liaison among the member institutions and forge adequate communication channels to keep the consortium informed about, and encourage the participation at, processes and activities of the European Marine Board (EMB)
  • To be instrumental in the implementation of the consortium´s goals and objectives at the national level
  • To encourage and facilitate/coordinate cooperation in research, education and infrastructure within the consortium
  • Is the official NMU representative at European Marine Board and other international fora where the consortium has a representation
  • To act as secretary to the Board and General Assembly and to assist the board leader

The Board can dictate additional assignments to the EO and the provision of ad-hoc committees for this purpose.


Dr Beatriz Balino is appointed Executive Officer for the period 2017-2022.  Balino is a marine biologist (UiB, 1996) and a research administrator with more than twenty years of experience in multidisciplinary scientific programmes and research centres on marine, climate and global environmental research, at the national and international level. Her past engagements include: Assistant Executive Officer at the International Project Office of the Joint Global Ocean Flux study (JGOFS), Deputy Director at the Secretariat of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP, in Sweden), Head of Administration at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) and Deputy Director at the Division of Research Administration, University of Bergen.