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9th EuroGOOS International Conference Proceedings released

EuroGOOS 2nd Integration Workshop

Scientists for Ocean Literacy – EuroGOOS activity as part of the Ocean Decade Inspiring & Engaging Lab

We invite you to discuss the role of scientists as Ocean Literacy advocates in their communities, countries, and regions! This EuroGOOS activity in the Ocean Decade Lab on ‘Inspiring and Engaging Ocean’ will feature our latest policy brief ‘Ocean Literacy in European Oceanographic Agencies: EuroGOOS recommendations for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030’ and showcase several Ocean Literacy activities in Europe.

We hope to inspire scientists to work closely with various sectors of society, among others, educators, communicators, journalists, and public authorities, embrace multi and trans-disciplinarity and inclusiveness in ocean knowledge and innovation, help exchange best practices, and promote blue careers. This event will help empower the Ocean Literacy communities of practice in transforming ocean knowledge into actions for sustainability through societal engagement.

Register here!
Registration is free of charge but mandatory. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The event will be in English, no translation provided.

Programme (draft):

  • Oceanographers for Ocean Literacy & EuroGOOS recommendations
    Dina Eparkhina, Office of the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS)
  • Case studies from the EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network:
    • Localizing Ocean Literacy
      Panayota Koulouri, European Marine Science Educators Association – EMSEA-Med / Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Greece
    • Oceanographic consoles for Ocean Literacy
      Andrew King, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway
    • Citizen scientists monitoring the ocean
      Marina Locritani, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Italy
    • Turning the tide for women in oceanography
      MCarmen Carcia, Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), Spain
    • SeaFest maritime festival
      Garry Kendellen, Irish Ocean Literacy Network
    • Video: The colours of the Mediterranean
      Michela Angiolillo and Marco Pisapia, Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Italy
  • Discussion with the audience

This event is organized within the activities of the EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network.

Find out more about the Ocean Decade Laboratories here. The Laboratories are hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in partnership with IOC-UNESCO as part of the kick-off programme of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.

Header of the Ocean Decade Laboratory on 'An Inspiring and Engaging Ocean'

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Developing Optimal and Open Research Support for the Black Sea (DOORS)

The DOORS project (June 2021-May 2025) is a research and innovation action under the European Union Horizon 2020 programme. The project aims at implementing the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (download) with stakeholders and other projects and initiatives in the region. DOORS will address research and infrastructure to better understand the Black Sea, develop and implement an ecosystem-based framework for Blue Economy, inform policy development and implementation, and promote behavioural change towards sustainability. 

In DOORS, EuroGOOS is leading work package on stakeholder engagement and participates in other work packages to facilitate a smooth and integrated engagement activity throughout the project. 

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The DOORS project kicks off to develop open research support for the Black Sea

The DOORS project, titled ‘Developing Optimal and Open Research Support for the Black Sea’, has stared in June 2021 for a four-year duration, coordinated by GeoEcoMar, Romania. DOORS is a research and innovation action under the European Union Horizon 2020 programme, bringing together 37 partners to advance the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (download).

The project consortium represents all countries in the Black Sea region as well as several pan-European organizations and Research Infrastructure consortia. EuroGOOS is leading the work package on stakeholder engagement and participates in other work packages to facilitate a smooth and integrated engagement activity throughout the project.

DOORS will work closely with stakeholders and other projects and initiatives in the region, addressing research and infrastructure needs to close the knowledge gaps, develop and implement an ecosystem-based framework for Blue Economy, inform policy development and implementation, and promote behavioural change towards sustainability. 

The DOORS kick-off meeting is taking place on 29-30 June 2021 as a virtual event. 

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Key takeaways from the 9th EuroGOOS International Conference

Word cloud of the audience key takeaways at the 9th EuroGOOS International Conference closing, 5 May 2021

Our 9th International Conference has been an overwhelming success. 450 participants from 45 countries joined our online event tackling all aspects of operational oceanography. A total of 90 scientific presentations were given in parallel sessions and 22 posters presented, while international speakers shared their insights on coordination, governance, and impact in our five plenary sessions.

At the closing we asked our audience about their key takeaways and among the many answers one came in most prominently – integration. Our new 2030 Strategy, launched at the conference, is addressing the integration needs though various key themes, such as expanding and enhancing the communities of practice and partnerships, as well as joining efforts more efficiently and impactfully in common advocacy, public mobilization, and interactions at science-policy interface.

Integration is not something that happens at once. The communities represented at the 9th EuroGOOS Conference have demonstrated through their diverse voices and a joint imperative to foster co-production of oceanographic services and value to society, that this integration is ongoing at full steam. To help this process, we will deliver not only the conference proceedings but also the conference recommendations which will set out a list of priorities for our members and partners in the coming years, aligned with our vision and strategy.

EuroGOOS Chair George Petihakis presented the key messages of this statement in the conference closing. Those are:

  • Operational monitoring, data provision, and services for ocean health and climate – seamless Earth-system approach, synergies between operational, environmental, and climate research and monitoring, enhanced biology and bio-geo-chemistry observations and data delivery;
  • Common approach to strengthening marine Research Infrastructures – joint observing system implementation, stronger user engagement and capacity building, joint actions at international level;
  • Coastal oceanography – fit-for-purpose technologies, FAIR, timely & interoperable data, metrology standards towards Ocean Digital Twin, user-friendly interfaces;
  • From acquisition to modelling – EuroGOOS and EOOS supporting sustainability of in situ systems, shared standards and practices, user engagement in co-design, improved data assimilation, esp. in coastal areas and for bio-geo-chemical and biological modelling;
  • User-oriented products and services – targeted interactions with users, clear messaging, technological cooperation, best practices;
  • Big data and artificial intelligence – FAIR data management plans for transdisciplinary analyses with AI, training in machine learning and programming, collaborations between marine and computer scientists;
  • Contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development – co-production of new products and services, data aggregation, advocacy for sustained operations, international partnerships;
  • EOOS Framework – linking European ocean observing networks, stakeholders, and initiatives, stakeholder engagement and co-design, synergies across disciplines, interface between national and pan-European ocean observing management.

Co-design and co-production of science, models and forecasting will bring the needed paradigm shift in ocean observing to deliver better and timelier knowledge to society. At the heart of this are partnerships, integration, capacity development and diversity.

Our Conference platform with all its contents (the programme, posters, breakout will remain open for the coming year. The permanent conference website hosted by Ifremer will contain all conference outcomes, including the speakers’ slides, video recordings, proceedings, and the conference statement.

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EuroGOOS Policy Brief: Ocean Literacy in European Oceanographic Agencies – Recommendations for the Ocean Decade

Our new policy brief gives recommendations on how to enhance Ocean Literacy activities in oceanographic agencies. The brief was developed from the work of the EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network and a survey the network conducted across 11 organizations in Europe. The survey unveiled an outstanding diversity of activities, demonstrating that Europe is advancing towards making Ocean Literacy part of the mandate of oceanographic agencies and meteorological offices.

The extent of the activities dedicated to increasing public engagement and awareness carried out by these organizations, whose core mandate is mainly linked to scientific and technological aspects of ocean data and services, calls for a stronger voice for Ocean Literacy as a recognized and active force in today’s oceanography.

From local and national to global levels, Ocean Literacy enables science to engage with policy and society on the topics of ocean sustainability, observations and research, and the importance of oceanography. EuroGOOS has been showcasing and connecting the variety of Ocean Literacy competences among its members and partners.

The success of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 will rely on sustained and fit-for-purpose ocean observing and derived oceanographic information and services. Ocean Literacy tools and approaches are needed to increase societal and policy awareness of the needs, challenges, and opportunities of the ocean observing enterprise. Furthermore, Ocean Literacy is important for achieving sustained operations and funding of the ocean observing systems, maintained predominantly by public funding.

Download the EuroGOOS Policy Brief 

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EuroGOOS 2030 Strategy launched!

Today, at the 9th EuroGOOS International Conference, we have launched the EuroGOOS Strategy 2030. The new Strategy and its five objectives will guide our community of members, Regional Operational Oceanographic Systems (ROOS), networks of observing platforms, and working groups.

EuroGOOS is a Regional Alliance of the Global Ocean Observing System, which brings together oceanographic systems around the globe. The EuroGOOS 2030 Strategy underpins the implementation of the Global Ocean Observing System 2030 Strategy and expands the EuroGOOS strategic foci to include the operational monitoring, data provision, and services for ocean health and climate. This Strategy will strengthen the contribution of the EuroGOOS large network of organisations to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.

Chair George Petihakis said, “Since its foundation in 1994, EuroGOOS has been pivotal in advancing pan-European cooperation in oceanographic research, technology development, capacity building, and data sharing. In our new Strategy we have identified five objectives which will help our community of over 130 organizations to jointly deliver a fit-for-purpose and integrated operational oceanographic system and services to society”.

As the ocean is undergoing dramatic changes, it is imperative to have the relevant information across all scales to better understand and protect the ocean and its ecosystems. Adaptive, integrated, and sustained ocean observing systems are needed to underpin data and information for a range of users and respond to the policy needs. The European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) framework development, together with the implementation of the EuroGOOS 2030 Strategy, will form a powerful effort of the European ocean observing community to step-up the delivery of the ocean knowledge and information.

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Registrations open for the 9th EuroGOOS International Conference taking place on 3-5 May 2021

The EuroGOOS Conference brings together managers, developers, and users of ocean observing and operational oceanography products and services. The conference fosters dialogue, experience sharing, and future planning with European and international partners and stakeholders, towards a more coordinated response to societal needs related to the ocean.

The first virtual edition of the conference will offer a vibrant scientific programme on oceanographic methods, technologies, and applications, spanning ocean physics, health, and climate. Our marketplace is an opportunity to showcase your work, while the interactive meeting platform will ease networking and matchmaking worldwide.

We invite a broad range of stakeholders in ocean observing and operational oceanography, from scientists and technologists to businesspersons and policymakers. Together, we will debate ways to achieve a sustained and fit-for-purpose European Ocean Observing System and support the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development as well as the European Green Deal. The event will address synergies between European ocean observing networks and initiatives and the integration of data and knowledge for societal benefits.

To register, please access the conference virtual platform – Register now 

Step-by-step instructions are available here. Participation is free but registration is mandatory.

Download the conference flyer: 

9th EuroGOOS International Conference 2021 Flyer (1.0 MiB)

Download the conference programme overview: 

EuroGOOS Conference 2021 Programme Overview (1.8 MiB)

The EuroGOOS Conference is organized by the offices of EuroGOOS, Ifremer, and SHOM, who together with the EuroGOOS Executive Directors Board and Co-Chairs of the EuroGOOS Regions (ROOS), form the programme committee.

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IOC-UNESCO’s First Ocean Literacy Course of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

The EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network took part in the 1st Ocean Literacy Course organized within the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030. The training development was led by IOC and its Ocean Teacher Global Academy. Virtual classrooms brought together a wide range of people from various sectors of society and occupations around the topic of Ocean Literacy. Teachers were gathered from practitioners and managers from around the world. 

In this course, we shared our passion for ocean observing which underpins all activities at sea, as well as our weather and climate predictions, and presented two case studies from the EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network.

EuroGOOS member SOCIB, the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System, presented a study on “The Sea of Science” contest in Spain: a nationwide artwork, video, and storytelling competition for primary and secondary schools. SOCIB strongly believes that researchers have an obligation to inform the public of their work and to encourage open dialogue about an area of science that is likely to have a huge impact on people’s lives, bringing marine sciences and scientists closer to the public. In the “The Sea of Science” contest, students immerse themselves in marine sciences through artistic expression, showing their relationship with the ocean, and their views about its state and oceanographers’ work. The competition also involves teachers, education centres, and families. It promotes an inspiring and engaging ocean and helps citizens understand the ocean value and importance.

Two other members of EuroGOOS, the Institute of Marine Sciences of the Italian Research Council, CNR-ISMAR, and Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, INGV, shared a case study on the project “SeaCleaner” focused on the problem of anthropogenic waste in the marine environment. Since 2013, “SeaCleaner” has involved more than 1,500 pupils, researchers, and citizen volunteers in the monitoring of Anthropogenic Marine Debris accumulated on Italian coasts. Within this project, a data acquisition protocol was defined for the collection and cataloguing of the different types and sizes of these waste items, based on protocols used at European level, was simplified and adapted to the local specificities, to allow its use by volunteers and also by high school students, thus combining research and education. The activity involved environmental NGOs, volunteers, and five Italian Marine Protected Areas surrounding the Pelagos Sanctuary.

At the training session, led by Francesca Santoro, IOC Programme Specialist developing Ocean Literacy at UNESCO, the EuroGOOS members’ Ocean Literacy efforts were presented by Dina Eparkhina, the Network‘s coordinator. Download the EuroGOOS slides and discover the images from the “The Sea of Science” and the “SeaCleaner” case studies below. 

2020 02 17 IOC Ocean Literacy Training (1.3 MiB)

The Sea of Science (La mar de ciencia) contest. Credit: SOCIB

Sea Cleaner project. Credit: CNR-ISMAR and INGV

 

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