Bringing the Ocean to Society
3 Oct 2018
Exploring deep-sea knowledge in the Azores
EurOcean returns to Ponta Delgada to discuss how we can improve deep-sea knowledge transfer for better, societally relevant, policy making.

This October 25th EurOcean is heading again to the mid-Atlantic, where together with its Member in the Azores, the Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT) it is organising a workshop entitled “Marine Research and Knowledge in support of Policy Making and Society - Deep-sea Research as a Case Study”. It will be an occasion to find out from local researchers about recent deep-sea discoveries around the Azores, but also an opportunity to discuss in more detail, with a diversity of stakeholders, the specific knowledge needed to support decision making for the deep-sea at this critical point when there is increasing exploitation of deep sea resources globally. There is still time to register your attendance here.

Another set of dates for your diary is November 21-23 in Brussels where a strategy and action plan for the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) will be discussed and potentially endorsed. This strategy intends to establish a framework to improve co-ordination of the diverse programmes and activities pertaining to ocean observations in Europe. EurOcean is actively invoved with some of the pilot actions bringing its own resources and experiences to the table in relation to marine research infrastructures.

EurOcean is delighted to be the lead on dissemination and outreach activities in a new H2020 funded project AANChOR, led by our Member the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal. This project aims to promote the implementation of the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship initiative and the Belém Statement, signed by the EU, Brazil and South Africa in 2017, to upscale research and innovation cooperation within the Atlantic basin, from Antarctica to the Arctic. It complements the AORA project led by our Member the Irish Marine Institute, which supports the implementation of the Galway Statement signed by the EU, Canada and the United States in 2013. AANCHOR started on October 1st and will have its kick-off meeting on 18 and 19 October.

After the summer break, we hope you find this month's newsletter interesting and informative as we launch into what is always a very busy period for the marine community around Europe.

Ned Dwyer