Ocean Science Day 2019 – Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: Investing in the Ocean/Human Future
27 Jun 2019 | Paris, France

The UNESCO-IOC (EurOcean Cooperating Member) would like to invite Member States and partner organizations to attend Ocean Science Day 2019, which is proposed for the morning of Thursday June 27, 2019, within the schedule of the 30th  Session of the IOC Assembly. 

The IOC organized the first Ocean Science Day in 2015, just prior to the 28th session of the IOC Assembly, to provide an opportunity to bridge global science with the specific needs of Member States by focusing on emerging or as yet unresolved issues that require international collaboration in marine science and technology, emphasizing the need for new ocean science and technology developments to meet societal needs.

Further sessions of Ocean Science Day provide an opportunity to continue highlighting the relevance of ocean science for the sustainability of our planet by providing a platform for scientists and decision- makers to engage in a mutually reinforcing dialogue. In this spirit, Ocean Science Day 2019 will focus on the following themes, which reflect the three first strategic objectives of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: Filling Gaps in Current Knowledge; Knowledge on Multiple Ocean Stressors for Ecosystem-based Management; and Ocean Science for Saving Lives.

The above-mentioned topics will be discussed at Ocean Science Day in the form of two round tables attended by invited distinguished scientists, policymakers and representatives of other stakeholder groups, including the Youth: Round Table 1 on Science Imperatives; and Round Table 2 on Science for Society. At the event, panel conversations and interaction with the audience will be facilitated by a moderator. The Chair of IOC will open Ocean Science day 2019.

Ocean Science Day 2019 will be open to the general public, beyond representative of IOC Member States and the Permanent Delegations of Member States to UNESCO. A statement addressed to the general public is to be generated at the conclusion of the event.


Organized biennially by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the event supports the discussions and deliberations of the IOC Assembly, opening this intergovernmental meeting to a broader public.


Ocean Science Day 2019 will bring together outspoken scientists, decision-makers, educators, and users of ocean science and technology on the margins of preparations for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). Through state-of-the-art knowledge and inspired appeals, they will illustrate how ocean science is key for our planet’s sustainability, and how urgent it is to take action.


Joining government representatives from IOC’s 150 Member States, these actors will provide complementary views on ocean science, measure progress, and identify emerging challenges and issues. IOC is honoured to invite you to contribute your perspectives to this Forum, helping society deliver as a whole a healthier global ocean.


Registration, programme and more information:

Should you have any question regarding the event, please contact Dr Salvatore Aricò, Head of the Ocean Science section of IOC-UNESCO at