Bringing the Ocean to Society
13 Nov 2019
What else can scientists do to solve the problems of our ocean?
EurOcean keeps promoting Responsible Research and Innovation to bridge science, governance and society.

EurOcean went to Faro, Portugal to participate in the international conference “Stress in the Ocean. From Multidisciplinary Approaches to Transdisciplinary Research” organised by the University of Algarve’s CIMA, as part of the celebrations of its 20th anniversary.

With a presentation entitled “Revisionism, Denialism and Negationism on ocean science. Is Responsible Research and innovation (RRI) up to the challenge?” our Communication Officer, Tiago Garcia, addressed how close/far is science from really causing an impact in our society and in decision-making processes.

After pinpointing some of the existing conflictive perceptions about the planet and the ocean, Tiago presented RRI as one well-tested approach to solve many long-lasting problems affecting our seas and coasts. Tiago highlighted the key role played by science communication in that process, “acting as a glue to engage stakeholders and to make sure that knowledge reaches all sectors of society”.

RRI was implemented in the H2020 project MARINA by EurOcean and a few of our Members together with other partners from all over Europe. Between 2016 and early 2019, we tested multiple ways of putting RRI into practice about various marine and maritime affairs. The long list of outputs of the project include the MARINA Platform (“a sort of professional social media for marine stakeholders to network, promote activities, share knowledge, discuss topics, and defend their interests”) and the RRI Roadmap (“an eight-step recipe to make those who cannot even seat at the same table to agree on what are the priorities and to co-design a common vision and a following action plan”).

No matter what Horizon Europe holds for the future of the term “Responsible Research and Innovation”, one thing is clear: on the eve of UN Ocean Decade, we continue to need public engagement, science education, open access, gender equality, and ethics to build the new governance models that will allow us to know the ocean we need for the future we want.

To watch Tiago’s presentation please click here and jump to minute 41.

To learn more about CIMA and their latest conference, please click here.

Curious about RRI? Wondering if your research can reach bigger audiences and have a stronger impact. EurOcean is here to help so please consider using our services, infobases, and projects. The sooner you start implementing RRI and the better your science is communicated; the sooner you become more competitive for tomorrow's research and innovation and the more you contribute to future decisions about our ocean.