International Project Office

The main tasks of the International Project Office (IPO) are to:

  • assist the IMBeR SSC in planning and carrying out scientific research;
  • serve as a channel of communication between scientists working in different countries on various aspects of global change; and
  • assist the SSC in collating information on national and regional programmes of global change research relating to IMBeR, to ensure that there is no unnecessary duplication of effort and that IMBeR makes effective use of existing knowledge in its analysis of processes and change at all relevant scales.


Gro I. van der Meeren
Executive Officer
Tel.: +47 941 68 742
E-mail: grom@imr.no
Web page: Website

Gro has been employed at the Institute of Marine Research, host of the IMBER IPO, for more than 25 years. Her scientific experience includes ecosystem assessment and management, biodiversity, interactions between organisms, and organisms and the environment, and food webs. Gro is an ecologist/ethologist with experience in decapod neurology biology, coastal and open ocean ecology and ecosystem assessment and -modelling. She has also been involved in sea ranching, and more recently, in developing national marine management plans. Gro has connections with international projects and organisations including ICES, OSPAR, Russian-Norwegian Environmental Committee, the Arctic Council, several EU-projects and committees, and contacts within NOAA. In Norway, Gro has links to the Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics in Bergen and the FRAM Centre in Tromsø.

Gro was project leader of the "Life at the Seashore" project which develops a scientist-student collaboration with primary and high schools in Norway. She serves as a contact for IMR and is responsible for a work package of the BioCEED, Centre of Excellence Biology Education.
Lisa Maddison
Deputy Executive Officer
Tel.: +47 95 36 57 08
E-mail: lisa.maddison@imr.no

Lisa is a marine biologist who spent many years researching marine resource management on the west coast of South Africa. She swapped over to project coordination and joined IMBeR in 2009.
Veslemøy Kjersti Villanger
Administrative Assistant
Tel.: +47 55 23 85 55
E-mail: veslemoy@imr.no

Veslemøy divides her time doing archiving at the Institute of Marine Research and dealing with all the administrative and logistical tasks at the IMBeR IPO.