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After one year of activity, the Sea Change project held its first General Assembly meeting in Athens in May. The overarching goal of this project is to bring about a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them – as ‘Ocean Literate’ citizens - to take direct and sustainable action towards healthy seas and ocean, healthy communities and ultimately - a healthy planet. In its first year of operation, the Sea Change partners have been busy with a number of Ocean Literacy activities and deliverables, including a series of reviews examining different facets of Ocean Literacy, such as public perception of marine environmental issues, how Ocean Literacy is currently embedded in education and in marine policy, and ways in which the public engage with Ocean Literacy. Other activities include educational workshops to assess existing barriers to incorporating Ocean Literacy topics in formal education and competitions to design Ocean Literacy-themed games as well as ideas on how to increase people’s awareness and appreciation of the ocean. Further information on Sea Change results to date and ongoing activities can be found on the Sea Change website. Picture features Sea Change project partners and members of the International Advisory Group.
The EMB Spring Plenary took place over two days in Sopot, Poland. The meeting, hosted by the Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IO-PAN), brought together 24 EMB delegates as well as guests from the University of Malta, IO-PAN, EurOcean, EuroMarine, POGO and the EMB Communications Panel. Open session talks were presented by Janusz Pempkowiak and Ksenia Pazdro (IO-PAN), Jan Seys (EMB Communications Panel), Patrizio Mariani (DTU-Aqua), Ned Dwyer (EurOcean) and Karen Wiltshire (POGO). Young researchers from IO-PAN provided flash presentations on their current research, covering the tracking of Harmful Algal Blooms in the Baltic, responses of Arctic benthic biomass to climate change and the characterization of dissolved organic matter in the European Arctic. The Spring Plenary evening lecture focused on tidal glaciers as refuges for cold water fauna in a warming Arctic and was presented by Jan Marcin Węsławski, senior scientist at the Department of Ecology, IO-PAN. You can read more about the highlights of the Spring Plenary here.
In September 2015 the United Nations adopted a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) calling for better ocean management. Implementation of this SDG requires a holistic, knowledge-based approach that integrates ocean system understanding and human interactions with the ocean.
Starting on 25 April, One Planet - One Ocean: From Science to Solutions is a ten-week Massive Open Online Course presenting the challenges and opportunities facing oceans today. Bringing in some of the world's leading experts on ocean science to present the issues and potential solutions grounded in rigorous scientific research, it targets citizens around the globe who aspire to use this knowledge for better stewardship of our ocean. The course is subtitled in Chinese, Portugese and German and there are no course fees. The course is being offered by partners comprising the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”, Kiel University, the International Ocean Institute, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Association. Course and enrollment details are available at www.oceanmooc.org
CommOCEAN 2016 (6-8 December 2016, Bruges-Ostend) is the 2nd in a series of International Marine Science Communication Conferences. Whether you’re a marine scientist keen to be speed-trained in modern ocean science communication skills or a communicator, working for a marine institute, NGO or governmental body, this CommOCEAN International Marine Science Communication event is for you. Following on from the successful IMSCC-1, organized by CIIMAR, Ciencia Viva & EMBCP in 2014, the Bruges-Ostend CommOCEAN event is a unique opportunity to make a major leap forward in communicating your ocean knowledge. The organizers (VLIZ, EMB, EMBCP, UNESCO-IOC-IODE) are developing an inspiring, innovative and interactive programme consisting of two separate events: a 2-day conference in Bruges (6-7 December 2016), followed by a 1-day high-level training program at the InnovOcean facilities in Ostend (8 December 2016).
The call for contributions (orals, poster, workshop) is now open for the 2-day conference. We encourage the submission of abstracts from all areas of science communication with a special focus on the ocean, marine and estuarine realm. Further information on how to submit an abstract is available on the CommOCEAN 2016 website.
EMB has developed an animation explaining the links between human health and the ocean as part of the EU Horizon 2020 funded Sea Change project. The video highlights five ways in which the ocean affects our health and wellbeing. These links include climate regulation, food, pollution, medicine and the blue gym effect. The aim of the video is to raise awareness of how the ocean affects our health and therefore the importance of keeping our relationship with the ocean healthy. You can watch the animation below and subscribe to the Sea Change Vimeo channel at www.vimeo.com/seachangeproject.
“This will be the Blue Century”. That’s according to Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in his introductory remarks at a meeting of ocean research leaders in Brussels yesterday. Mr. Vella called the special roundtable meeting to discuss key ocean research challenges including climate change, food and energy security, and EU Blue Growth. The meeting was attended by the Heads of several national ocean research institutes and Directors of some of the key European and International cooperation platforms for marine science. The EMB was represented by Executive Secretary, Niall McDonough. Commissioner Vella, along with colleagues from DG Mare and DG Research & Innovation, listened as each of the invited guests gave a short presentation on the major research challenges. In the subsequent discussion, Mr. Vella emphasised the importance of enhancing collaboration between Europe’s leading research institutes. He strongly believes that ocean science has a critical role to play in addressing many of our most pressing societal challenges. “In the oceans, we can find solutions to our land-based problems, ” he said. All agreed that many of these challenges are global and enhanced cooperation is critical to achieve the scale of research efforts necessary. The Commissioner committed to playing his part in advocating for adequate investment for ocean research and technology development. The meeting with Commissioner Vella marks the first in a series and will be an important platform for the ocean research community to communicate directly with the Commissioner on ocean research issues.