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EuroGOOS Newsletter

May 2021

EuroGOOS HIGHLIGHTS

9th EuroGOOS International Conference comes to an end, marking a resounding success

On 3-5 May, over 450 participants in 45 countries gathered virtually for three intense days of plenary discussions, scientific presentations, and exchanges on new advances and research results in operational oceanography. Keynote international speakers shared their insights on coordination, governance, and impact in five plenary sessions. The event also featured a total of 90 scientific presentations in parallel sessions as well as 22 poster presentations. Read more about the key takeaways from the conference here.
EuroGOOS 2030 Strategy launched at the EuroGOOS International Conference

On 3 May, EuroGOOS launched its 2030 Strategy at the 9th EuroGOOS International Conference. The document outlines the EuroGOOS vision, mission, and five strategic objectives that will guide the EuroGOOS members, ROOS, task teams, working groups and networks towards 2030. The strategy, underpinning the implementation of the Global Ocean Observing System 2030 Strategy, expands the EuroGOOS strategic foci to include operational monitoring, data provision, and services for ocean health and climate while also strengthening the EuroGOOS contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The full text is accessible here.

 Lőrinc Mészáros winner of the EuroGOOS Kostas Nittis Award
 
On 5 May, the 2021 EuroGOOS Kostas Nittis Award was granted to Lőrinc Mészáros, researcher in marine and coastal information services at Deltares. The award ceremony took place during the final plenary session of the EuroGOOS International Conference and was led by the EuroGOOS Chair, George Petihakis. Every year, EuroGOOS awards the Kostas Nittis medal and an accompanying grant to outstanding early marine scientists in operational oceanography and the broader ocean observing field. More information about the award is available on the EuroGOOS dedicated webpage.
EuroGOOS Policy Brief: Ocean Literacy in European Oceanographic Agencies

EuroGOOS has launched a new policy brief providing recommendations on how to enhance Ocean Literacy activities in oceanographic agencies. The brief builds on the work of the EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network and a survey conducted by the network in 11 organizations across Europe. Ocean Literacy enables science to engage with policy and society on the topics of ocean sustainability, observations and research as well as the importance of oceanography. EuroGOOS has been showcasing and connecting the variety of Ocean Literacy competences among its members and partners. Read the policy brief here.
EuroGOOS 2021 General Assembly Meeting
 
The EuroGOOS 2021 General Assembly Meeting will take place online on 27-28 May 2021. The meeting will discuss the work during the reporting period (September 2020-May 2021), the results of the external review of EuroGOOS, and the implementation of the EuroGOOS 2030 Strategy. Chairs of the EuroGOOS ROOS, task teams, and working groups will present progress and discuss how to better integrate EuroGOOS activities. During the formal part of the meeting, elections for several seats on the EuroGOOS Executive Directors Board as well as EuroGOOS Chair and Vice-Chair will take place, along with other formal decisions, such as the approval of new activities and budget.

NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS

AZTI updates its AMBI software assessing the marine environment
 
AMBI, a software developed by AZTI to assess and predict the environmental impact of human activity on the seabed, has recently been updated. Used in over 70 countries across all continents, AMBI has become the international reference tool for assessing the ecological status of the seas and benefits the work of a wide range of stakeholders, from public institutions and research centers, to marine energy and chemical companies. Read more about the AMBI software here.
Researchers at Cefas participate in the establishment of a major network of underwater camera deployments
 
Working within the UK Government Blue Belt programme, researchers at Cefas have contributed to the establishment of a world-first network of stereo-baited remote underwater video (BRUV) systems to monitor and protect ocean wildlife in ten UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs). The extensive underwater camera network will provide valuable information on ocean biodiversity and ecosystems in the UKOTs in the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern Ocean, supporting marine management and protection strategies in these areas. Read more here.
EuroGOOS members contribute to the development of a marine toxin warning network in European waters

The Marine Institute, Cefas, Ifremer, and AZTI – working with other partners as part of an international consortium – have contributed to the research project Alertox-Net (Atlantic Area Network for Innovative Toxicity Alert Systems for Safer Seafood Products). The project developed an easy-to-use detection and alert system for emerging marine toxins, contributing to safer marine food products in Europe. The project, funded through the INTERREG Atlantic Area programme, held its final conference on 26 March 2021 as a virtual event. Read more here.
IPMA contributes to project developing 3D-printed reefs for the sustainable management of marine ecosystems
 
IPMA participates in the 3DPARE project, which uses innovative technologies and bio-receptive materials to develop artificial reefs in the Atlantic. The aim of the project is to support the sustainable management of marine ecosystems and enhance the biodiversity in the area, providing an ecological solution to the rising anthropogenic pressures on the marine environment. Read more about the project here.
Deltares researchers investigate how COVID-19 can help us better prepare for climate risks in Europe

RECEIPT, a Horizon 2020 project led by Deltares, is investigating how the COVID-19 crisis can help decision-makers and societies better prepare for climate risks in Europe. Working together with stakeholders in different sectors, the project is currently elaborating scientific climate risk storylines which examine the impact of climate change on Europe. Information is also accessible to non-expert audiences via an interactive visualization tool. Read more here.
Oceans of Learning Podcast Series

The Marine Institute launches ‘Oceans of Learning’, a four-week podcast series celebrating the sea and raising awareness about the importance of Ireland’s marine resources. The campaign will gather together professionals from a wide range of disciplines as well as sea enthusiasts to share their perspectives on the maritime space. The podcast will kick-start during the Oceans of Learning Webinar on 20 May. You can listen to the podcast trailer here and register here.
New video series by Ifremer makes marine science accessible to the general public
 
Ifremer has recently launched a video series aimed at bridging the gap between science and communication. Within this innovative format, doctoral students translate their scientific research topics into easily digestible information for non-expert audiences. Watch the first three episodes on Ifremer’s YouTube channel here.

LATEST STAKEHOLDER NEWS

High-Level Launch of the Ocean Decade and Ocean Decade Laboratories: First International Ocean Decade Conference
 
The launch of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development will be marked by a prominent virtual opening on 1 June 2021, as part of the First International Ocean Decade Conference. The high-level event, bringing together world leaders and stakeholders from science, industry, international organizations, governments, NGOs, civil society, and media, will be followed by seven Ocean Decade Laboratories between July 2021 and May 2022. These aim to connect different topics and stakeholders and foster collaboration around the Ocean Decade outcomes: a clean ocean; a healthy and resilient ocean; a productive ocean; a predicted ocean; a safe ocean; an accessible ocean; and an inspiring and engaging ocean. More information is available here.
Launch of the Second World Ocean Assessment

The Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II) provides scientific information on the state of the marine environment to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. In a substantial collective effort, the assessment gathered input from over 300 international experts from a diversity of disciplines. Watch the launch event and learn more here.
European Commission Communication on a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the European Union
 
On 17 May, the European Commission adopted a Communication on a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU. The new approach aims to embed the blue economy into the European Green Deal and the Recovery plan for Europe, marking a shift from exploitation to sustainability, resilience, and climate neutrality. The new communication sets out a detailed agenda for greening the blue economy, fosters synergies of economic activities in the maritime space, and proposes a set of actions to boost investment in research, skills, and innovation. Read more here.
The European State of the Climate 2020 report published
 
The European State of the Climate 2020 report was released in April by the Copernicus Climate Change Service, implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Commission. The report outlines an overview of the global context and conditions in Europe with a focus on the Arctic, and provides a detailed analysis of climate events of the past year. The report summary is accessible here.
Launch of the Knowledge Centre on Earth Observation
 
On 20 April, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the DG for Defence, Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) launched the Knowledge Centre on Earth Observation (KCEO) during a virtual event attracting over 700 attendees. The KCEO aims to maximize the use of Earth Observation data and Copernicus products and information in EU policy-making and implementation for better regulation. Watch the recorded event here and learn more about the KCEO here.
European Commission public consultation on sustainable fisheries agreement open until 23 June
 
The European Commission launched a public consultation on the EU’s sustainable fisheries partnership agreements (SFPAs).  The initiative takes place in the framework of the Commission’s evaluation of SFPAs, which aims to address the tool’s governance framework, impact on EU and partner countries, and results. Have your say here before 23 June 2021 (midnight Brussels time).
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering: Call for submissions for Special Issue 'Application of Coastal/Ocean Sensors and Systems'
 
The Journal of Marine Science and Engineering calls for submissions for a special issue on ‘Application of Coastal/Ocean Sensors and Systems’. This issue aims to respond to a growing demand for research contributing to the development and application of cost-effective in situ sensors to support scientific work connected to ocean health, ocean safety, and ocean resources. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 25 May 2021. Read more here.
Call for contributions for the 'Ocean Observing' supplement to Oceanography magazine
 
The Oceanography Society calls for submissions for the first annual supplement to Oceanography magazine on ‘Ocean Observing’. The supplement aims to disseminate information about different aspects of ocean observing and its scientific and societal importance to a wide audience, including funders, policymakers, and the general public. The deadline for expressions of interest is 20 May 2021. Read more information here.
MSPglobal Initiative publishes new series of policy briefs on Marine Spatial Planning
 
MSPglobal, a joint initiative between UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) has published five new policy briefs focusing on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and its importance for a sustainable governance of the ocean. The documents aim to support decision-makers and relevant stakeholders to take informed and coordinated decisions for a sustainable use and management of marine resources, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Ocean Decade.  Read the policy briefs here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Online Workshops: Operational Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Systems

In June 2021, Mercator Ocean International, the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the Expert Team on Operational Ocean Forecasting Systems (ETOOFS) under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), will host a high-level event on ‘Understanding the benefits and Implementing Operational Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Systems’. The event features an ‘Awareness Workshop’ (14-16 June) and a ‘Practical Workshop’ (22-24 June), while participants will have access to an e-learning platform throughout the entire month. More information can be found here; applications are open here.
Virtual Early Career Ocean Professional Day

Early career ocean professionals worldwide from a diverse range of ocean disciplines will join the Virtual Early Career Ocean Professional Day to share their work and contribution to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The event – jointly organized by the German Marine Research Consortium and the ECOP Program and supported by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation – will take place on 1 June 2021 as a 24-hour live-stream event. Registration is open here.
 Atlantic Pole to Pole: Climate Science 2 Policy

On 2 June 2021, the Atlantic Pole to Pole: Climate Science 2 Policy will take place as a side event during the virtual All Atlantic 2021 conference. It will emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary science for better understanding global physical systems and informing policy-making, while discussing the research priorities to establish a framework for international cooperation. The event is co-organized by four Horizon 2020 projects working on climate predictions in the Atlantic: Blue-Action, MISSION ATLANTIC, SO-CHIC, and TRIATLAS. More information is available here.
 Cefas Future Ocean Conference 2021

The conference will take place online on 16 June 2021. Participants will discuss how scientific evidence underpinning decision-making impacts the future of our ocean, and how Cefas supports international initiatives related to climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, and food security, while also examining future marine evidence requirements. Registration is open here.
European Research and Innovation Days 2021

The event will take place online on 23-24 June 2021. This year’s edition will bring together researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and the general public to debate the future of European research and innovation, with a focus on Horizon Europe – the new EU-funded programme on research and innovation (2021-2027). The agenda includes high-level plenaries, panel talks, and workshops on topics including the post-COVID-19 recovery, the green and digital transition through innovation, research infrastructures, science-policy dialogues, and more. Find more information here.
Fourth Polar Data Forum
 
The Fourth Polar Data Forum will take place on 20-24 September 2021 at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research in The Hague and online. The forum will combine a two-day conference meeting (23-24 September) and a hackathon building on the work done during previous meetings and workshops (20-22 September). Key themes and topics include knowledge mobilization and decision-making, co-production of data, information and knowledge, interoperability, data policy, and more. The event is co-hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and the European Polar Board (EPB). Additional information is available here.
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