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On 6 and 7 December, the European Marine Board and its Communication Panel, the IODE Project Office for IOC/UNESCO and the Flanders Marine Institute are organizing the CommOCEAN2016 conference on marine science communication. The conference (in Bruges, Belgium) is aimed at marine scientists and communicators. The program promotes the exchange of good practice in modern ocean science communication, dissemination and outreach, as well as learning about current marine science research. Abstracts can now be submitted for an oral presentation, a poster presentation or a one hour interactive workshop until 15 July. The conference programme comprises four major sessions: the fundamentals of science communication/reaching out to the public; optimizing impact; social media & graphics and; thinking out of the box, new formats & creativity. Read more about abstract submission here.
In addition, on 8 December an Ocean Teacher training course on ocean communication will be organized by the IODE Project Office for IOC of UNESCO in Ostend for max. 50 persons (upon selection). Further information on the training course is available here. Registration to attend the conference is now open. You can also follow us via Twitter (@CommOCEAN2016).
EMB’s Citizen Science working group ‘Advancing Citizen Science for Seas and Ocean Research’, held its second meeting on 2-3 June at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The purpose of the working group is to highlight the potential of citizen science to make significant contributions to marine sciences and to increase ocean literacy as well as to provide new ideas and directions for further development of marine citizen science into the future. During the meeting, Angel Duarte, Technical Coordinator of Coastwatch International, presented on the technical management of the Coastwatch programme, citizen engagement and a selection of results to date. The working group also became citizen scientists by carrying out a selection of marine citizen science activities. In addition, the group learnt about the importance of local marine knowledge through talking to traditional seaweed harvesters from the west coast of Ireland and heard about marine outreach activities at the National Aquarium of Ireland.
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.