Biography Petter Olsen
I’m senior scientist at Nofima where I’ve been employed since 1993. I work with applications of ICT in the food industry, especially related to information logistics, product documentation, environmental accounting and traceability. I was the convener for the working groups that developed ISO 12875, ISO 12877 (seafood traceability) and CWA 16960 (self-assessment and documentation of sustainability), and a lot of my work has been related to development of methods and standards for electronic data interchange, process mapping and documentation of sustainability. I work mostly with and in EU projects; I coordinated TraceFish in the 5th Framework Programme (traceability) and WhiteFish in the 7th Framework Programme (sustainability), and I had or have key roles in the projects TRACE, FoodIntegrity and Authent-Net (authentication of food properties), EcoFishMan and MareFrame (decision support for fisheries management), PrimeFish (seafood economics) and ClimeFish (climate effects on seafood production). I’m also responsible for overseeing all Nofima participation in international projects. I have a BSc (Hon) in computer science and applied mathematics from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK in 1986. I regularly teach traceability-related subjects to the industry, at UiN and at UiT, and I’ve been an advisor to many organizations on these subjects, including the European Commission, FAO, EFSA, WWF, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Industrial Fund.
Petter Olsen has 54 publications at Nofima:
1. June 2019 – 31. May 2023
In 2017, the European Commission launched the “Food from the Oceans” report, specifically suggesting that marine species at lower levels in the food chain are the future of sustainable aquaculture.
1. September 2017 – 31. August 2021
In this project, we work to improve food safety and deter food fraud within the EU and China.
1. June 2017 – 31. May 2021
One fifth of EU catches originate from non-EU waters. These fisheries are often poorly regulated, management decisions are sometimes based on limited knowledge and enforcement capabilities, compliance and trust between stakeholders tend to lack.
1. April 2016 – 31. March 2020
Climate changes are happening right now and they are threatening sustainable growth in aquaculture and fisheries worldwide. ClimeFish wants to draw the focus to the necessity of change, both when it comes to using opportunities while mitigating risks under the effects of climate change on aquaculture and fisheries.
1. April 2016 – 31. March 2018
The goal is to facilitate sustainable cooperation between national and international research funding bodies in the area of food authenticity, to improve the competitiveness of the food supply chain and the consumer confidence in it, by means of better‐coordinated, cost‐effective R&D.
1. March 2015 – 28. February 2019
The overall aim of PrimeFish is to improve the economic sustainability of European fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
1. January 2014 – 31. December 2017
MareFrame seeks to remove barriers preventing a more widespread use of an Ecosystem-based Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM).
1. January 2014 – 31. December 2014
The objective is to document fraud and develop methods to prevent fraud and misdescription of food.