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The Sea Change project invites you to take simple steps towards protecting our ocean by joining its new “Our Ocean, Our Health” campaign to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of ocean and human health. Sea Change is an EU Horizon 2020-funded project which aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between ocean and human health, and to empower us, as “Ocean Literate” citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet. To start the campaign, Sea Change has launched a video highlighting the ocean’s contribution to the oxygen we breathe. Watch “Our Ocean Our Oxygen” on the Sea Change Vimeo channel. The “Our Ocean, Our Health” campaign emphasises the vital role of the ocean in making life on Earth possible, for example through climate regulation and food provision. Central to the campaign is the fact that human activity and our way of life is affecting the ocean’s health. Therefore, if we don’t take care of the ocean, we endanger our own survival. In addition to the video, the campaign web page contains a number of actions you can take to help protect the ocean. Sea Change encourages you to take action by pledging to make a “sea change” in your daily behaviour and sharing your commitment online using #OurOceanOurHealth. Even by making small changes in our activities, together we can achieve big results to tackle the marine issues of plastic debris, acidification, pollution and depletion of fish stocks. Read the press release for the campaign launch here.
Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is meeting with ocean research leaders at the European Marine Board offices in Ostend, Belgium, today to discuss ocean research challenges. The meeting with Commissioner Vella follows on from a previous consultation, held in March, which identified ocean observation and seabed mapping as crucially important for managing human activities in European seas and across the global ocean. Today’s meeting will advance the discussions on ocean observing and seabed mapping in Europe (set within a global context), by identifying critical gaps in our capability, investment needs and potential funding sources for the future. “The ocean research community in Europe has led the development of ocean observing technologies and programmes which deliver valuable data for a range of scientific, commercial and public users” explains Dr. Niall McDonough, Executive Secretary of the European Marine Board. “But there are big gaps in the system. Commissioner Vella is showing his commitment in advocating for adequate investment for ocean research and technology development and we welcome the opportunity to present the views of the marine research community to the Commissioner and his team.” The meeting with Commissioner Vella marks the second in a series and is an important platform for the ocean research community to communicate directly with the Commissioner on ocean research issues. The meeting agenda and press release are both available online. Picture features Commissioner Vella with CEOs and representatives of European Marine Board member institutes.
Tomorrow, the European Marine Board will host a meeting with Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. In preparation for the meeting, the CEOs of EMB member institutes are gathered at the EMB offices in Ostend today, to discuss ocean research challenges, with a specific focus on the perspectives of the marine research community on advancing ocean observation and seabed mapping to support Blue Growth, Europe’s long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors. The EU Blue Growth Strategy will only be sustainable if we understand, manage and minimise the impacts of commercial activities on the health and productivity of Europe’s seas. To achieve this, coordinated ocean observation and seabed mapping is considered crucial. EMB member institutes will present their views to the Commissioner during his visit tomorrow. The meeting agenda is available on the European Commission’s Maritime Forum website.
This week, more than 160 scientists from Europe, North America, South America, and Africa met in Kiel, Germany for the second Annual Meeting of the AtlantOS project. AtlantOS (Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System) is a BG 8 research and innovation project that proposes the integration of ocean observing activites across all disciplines for the Atlantic, considering European as well as non-European partners. Discussions during the meeting covered ongoing activities within each Work Package, and included a workshop on biodiversity and fisheries within ocean observation. EMB co-leads WP 10 "Engagement, Dissemination and Communication". Further information on activities can be found on the AtlantOS website. Picture features AtlantOS project partners.
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).