Bringing the Ocean to Society
2 Nov 2017
Portugal continues to pay tribute to Mário Ruivo
The University of Algarve in Faro hosted a special event to honour EurOcean’s founder

EurOcean´s Executive- Director delivered a key-note address promoting the Blue Society  entitled "Whose ocean is it anyway? - How to further societal engagement with the ocean", during the event honouring Professor Mário Ruivo´s contribution to marine sciences nationally and internationally. 

Other key note speakers included the Portuguese Minister for the Sea Ana Paula Vitorino, former IOC Secretary General, Patricio Bernal, Professor Ruivo´s partner Maria-Eduarda Gonçalves, local representatives from the university and the region as well as video presentations from the current IOC secretary general Vladimir Ryabinin and former EurOcean President and MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos.  as well as Professor Ruivo´s family. 

The full programme (in Portuguese) is available here.

Professor Mário Ruivo was one of Founders and First President of EurOcean (2002 - 2008). Those of us who had the privilege to meet, discuss and work with Professor Ruivo know of his commitment to ocean issues and his work, right up until his last days, to keep ocean matters high on the political agenda. He was always a fascinating man to speak with and had a breadth and depth of knowledge on a huge range of subjects.

He was a trained biologist specialized in Biological Oceanography and Management of Marine Living Resources. He was Director of the Division of Aquatic Resources and the Environment of the Department of Fisheries of FAO (1961-74). He was also Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO (1980-89) where he was elected Vice-President in 2003, and Invited Professor at the University of Porto/ICBAS (Course Policy and Management of Ocean). He was the President of the Portuguese National Council for Environment and Sustainable Development (CNADS) and President of the Intersectorial Oceanographic Commission at the time of his death on January 2017. Professor Mário Ruivo has received numerous awards, including in 2010 when he was proclaimed Doctor "Honoris Causa" by the University of Azores, in recognition of his career achievements and in 2016 he was awarded the European Citizens´ Prize by the European Parliament.

His name will be kept alive, by EurOcean, through the organization of the Professor Mário Ruivo Prize created in 2009 as recognition of his work as a pioneer on the sciences of the sea and marine research at national, European, and international level.

EurOcean is also contributing to this wave of well-deserved tributes. A special section was dedicated to Mário’s legacy in our 2016 Annual Report, and we are already planning a major event dedicated to the life and work of Mário Ruivo which will take place in Brussels during the 2018 World Oceans Day celebrations.