Christina Abildgaard is the Director of Department for Marine Bioresources and Environmental Research in the Research Council of Norway being responsible for programs within seafood and marine ecosystems and for hosting the secretariat of JPI Oceans in Brussels. She has previously been heading different departments in RCN responsible for enabling technologies, bioeconomy and environmental research and foresight activities. She has experience from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries; research and industry. She has been a member of several national and international research policy committees including the Steering committee for “The Ocean Economy in 2030” . Abildgaard has a Ph.D in biotechnology from Norwegian University of Life Sciences.