Bringing the Ocean to Society
9 Aug 2019
State-of-the-art ocean literacy to be discussed in the Azores in September
EurOcean Member FCT is co-organising the 7th EMSEA Annual Conference

The Azores Islands, Portugal, will host from 16 to 19 September 2019 the 7th Annual Conference of the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA), which focuses on ocean literacy and its role on the SDG 14, one of the 17 UN Goals for Sustainable Development. The event is being co-organised by EurOcean Member FRCT, the Azorean Government body for the funding and management of science.

For the Regional Director of Science and Technology, hosting such event “reinforces the Government of the Azores' commitment to science education, while providing an excellent opportunity to promote ocean literacy”. In this sense, Bruno Pacheco stated that the EMSEA conference will allow to evaluate “new methods to better understand, raise awareness and communicate the importance of the oceans to society”. According to the Regional Director, this conference aims to “provide participants with a hands-on and fun learning experience by promoting activities such as various workshop sessions or poster presentations”.

The EMSEA Conference brings together speakers from regional, national and international institutions, such as the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the Lisbon Oceanarium, the University of the Azores and Ciência Viva, among others. This event will bring together teachers, researchers and stakeholders in marine science education to share their knowledge and best practices in ocean literacy.

Marked, for the first time, by holding a session open to local teachers and the wider community, the EMSEA 2019 conference will take place at Expolab - Centro de Ciência Viva, in Lagoa. The 7th Annual EMSEA Conference provides for a maximum of one hundred registrations, and participants must register by 31 August 2019.


Created in 2011, EMSEA is an international non-profit organization that promotes ocean literacy, brings together teachers and educators from European science centres and aquariums and provides a platform for promotion and capacity building in the marine sciences.