Bringing the Ocean to Society
3 Apr 2018
Promoting Dialogue on the Ocean We Want

The first quarter of 2018 has been an active one at EurOcean. We are busy organising the “Your Ocean, Your Future” conference and science exhibition which will take place at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels on June 6th. This event will commemorate EurOcean founder Professor Mário Ruivo, where we will reflect on his legacy and look towards the grand challenges society faces in its interactions with the ocean. We will also have hands on activities raising awareness of the ocean and presentations from innovators turning the tide on ocean litter. We have also launched an international children's art contest as part of the event, so please encourage any kids you know to let their imaginations run and take part in this contest.

As part of its contribution to the H2020 funded MARINA project, EurOcean is organising an International Workshop on Deep Sea Mining to take place on May 7th in Lisbon. You too can sign up for this event before April 20th and have your say in relation to this very hot topic. We will be using the innovative Structured Democratic Dialog Process to make sure everyone has their voice heard and their opinions taken on board. This workshop follows on an event organised in the Azores to gather Portuguese opinions in relation to this topic in the context of Responsible Research and Innovation.

On the knowledge management side EurOcean organised an event on February 22nd at the European Parliament, hosted by its former President, Ricardo Serrão Santos, MEP. This was the final public event of the H2020 funded COLUMBUS project and over 60 people gathered to listen to the accomplishments of the project and to discuss “Accelerating Blue Growth through Marine and Maritime Knowledge Transfer”. Inspired by the success of COLUMBUS, many of those present, including a number of EurOcean members, expressed their commitment to taking action towards adopting Knowledge Transfer in their own activities.

EurOcean contributed to discussions on the development of the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS), a critical development in improving coordination of a key element of Europe´s marine infrastructure, by attendance at its forum held in Brussels on March 8th. The outcomes from the forum will contribute to the ongoing development of the EOOS strategy and implementation plan. The finalized drafts of these documents will be presented for adoption at the EOOS conference on 21-23 November 2018.

Sadly, my term as Executive-Director comes to an end in December 2018. So if you believe you have what it takes to asume this role, you can apply here before May 6th

 Find out about all of the above and much more in this month's newsletter. Happy reading!