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EuroGOOS Newsletter

1 June 2021

EuroGOOS HIGHLIGHTS

EuroGOOS 2021 General Assembly Meeting
 
The EuroGOOS 2021 General Assembly Meeting took place online on 27-28 May 2021. The meeting discussed the results of the external review of EuroGOOS and the implementation of the EuroGOOS 2030 Strategy. The Chairs of the EuroGOOS ROOS, Task Teams, and Working Groups presented their main achievements and future plans, and discussed how to better integrate EuroGOOS activities. During the formal part of the meeting, Henning Wehde (Institute of Marine Research, IMR) was elected EuroGOOS Chair and Holger Brix (Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon) was elected Vice-Chair, with two new members joining the Executive Board of Directors: Corine Lochet (Service hydrographique et océanographique de la marine, SHOM) and Giovanni Coppini (Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, CMCC).
 ROOS websites undergo revamp process
 
A major redesign of ROOS websites, supported by the EuroGOOS Office, is currently in progress. The revamped websites will provide updated content and user-friendly features that will increase the visibility and accessibility of information. The initiative is part of broader efforts to build a common brand identity across all ROOS to showcase their work and enhance their message. Discover the Arctic ROOS website here – stay tuned for more!

NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS

SmartSea Final Seminar
 
The SmartSea final seminar will take place online on 8 June as part of the UN World Oceans Day activities. Participants will take stock of the project’s results and will provide science-based recommendations for the sustainable use of marine resources in the Gulf of Bothnia. The seminar consists of two parts dedicated to scientific discussions and stakeholder interactions, respectively. The scientific part will feature opening speeches by Vladimir Ryabinin (IOC-UNESCO) and Maria Laamanen (Finnish Ministry of the Environment), followed by five keynote presentations. The event’s agenda and meeting information are available here.
Cefas establishes new Fisheries International Centre of Excellence

The new Fisheries International Centre of Excellence (ICoE) will provide key expertise in fisheries science to support the sustainable management of fishery resources, the livelihoods of coastal communities, and the health of marine life. The activities of the ICoE will complement the work of Cefas’ three existing International Centres of Excellence, which focus on aquatic animal health, seafood safety, and climate change. Read more here.
NOC tests new robot submarines for safer and cost-efficient maritime operations
 
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) team is testing new robot submarines in Loch Ness. The autonomous vehicles will enable scientific missions to reach challenging under-ice and deep-ocean environments with lower costs and reduced environmental impacts. The trials will ensure that capabilities are ready to be deployed in the science expedition in 2022 to explore the melting Thwaites Glacier. Learn more here.
CMCC hosts virtual dialogue on 'Ocean: stories of humans and climate change'
 
On 8 June, CMCC will host a virtual event on ‘Ocean: stories of humans and climate change’. Pulitzer Prize winner Kenneth R. Weiss will join journalist Veronica Fernandes in an interactive dialogue on the interconnections between climate, pollution, and the ocean, and will reflect on how journalism can make scientific information accessible to the wider public. The dialogue is part of the CMCC ‘Seeds’ live streaming events on climate change. Read more here.
The Hydrographic Institute and National Oceanography Centre join iMAR expedition
 
The iMAR expedition will map the seabed along the Mid-Atlantic Dorsal in the Azores. Its aim is to collect scientific information on the ecosystems in the area to inform policy decisions on natural heritage preservation. By ensuring the sustainable use of the ocean and supporting evidence-based policy-making, the expedition will contribute to the Seabed 2030 initiative and Ocean Decade. Discover more information here.
Deltares contributes to European Commission report on sustainability criteria for the blue economy  

The blue economy plays a central role in global economies, social sustainability, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. In this context, the report aims to define the concept of sustainable blue economy and identify (un)sustainable blue economy activities and practices. The study provides a blueprint for a Blue Economy Sustainability Framework, which outlines a set of sustainability criteria and indicators for various blue economy sectors. Read more here.

LATEST STAKEHOLDER NEWS

High-level launch of the Ocean Decade
 
The prominent virtual opening took place in Berlin on 1 June, and was hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in partnership with IOC-UNESCO. The event marked the official start of the Ocean Decade and kick-started a series of virtual and hybrid events spanning from June 2021 to July 2022. It brought together world leaders and stakeholders from diverse sectors to discuss the main challenges and solutions in the context of the Ocean Decade, and ways to mobilize resources and partnerships for Decade Actions. Learn more here.
Launch of the Ocean Decade - Arctic Action Plan
 
The document represents the first regional action plan developed within the framework of the Ocean Decade. Its aim is to outline a shared agenda, cross-cutting challenges, and transformative solutions to achieve the Ocean Decade’s goals in the Arctic region. The plan is the result of a voluntary, informal, and inclusive co-creation process bringing together a wide range of stakeholders from science, government, industry, business, NGOs, Indigenous communities, and civil society. The EuroGOOS Office, along with several EuroGOOS members, participated in the consultation process. Read more here.
EMODnet releases video highlighting support to marine and maritime policy
 
The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) has released a short video highlighting its key role in providing marine data and data products to inform policy-making and support a sustainable blue economy. The network brings together over 100 partners across Europe to observe the sea, process data, and make the information freely available via EMODnet’s Central Portal. Watch the video here.
Copernicus Marine Service publishes video featuring its main services
 
The Copernicus Marine Service provides free and open ocean data to all users to boost the blue economy, support global ocean governance, and drive scientific innovation forward. It also offers support via a help-desk, FAQs, a collaborative forum, and tutorial videos; hosts trainings, events, and workshops; and offers ocean literacy materials, news, use cases, and various digital tools. Watch the new Copernicus Marine Service video here to learn more about its mission.
European Commission's public consultation on the EU Algae Initiative

The EU initiative aims to increase the sustainable production, consumption, and use of algae, which represent a largely untapped resource in Europe. The Commission has launched a public consultation to collect information on current challenges and solutions related to algae production and consumption and ensure that a wide range of stakeholders are represented. Have your say here before 11 August 2021.
EU leads international efforts to establish new Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica
 
On 28 April, the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries hosted a high-level ministerial meeting to consolidate support among the members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) for the designation of new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean. The initiative, in line with the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy 2030 and the EU’s International Ocean Governance agenda, aims to protect Antarctica's unique biodiversity and ecosystems. The full text of the Ministerial Joint Declaration can be found here.
European Commission releases EU Blue Economy report
 
The fourth edition of the yearly report takes stock of the performance of economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment across the EU member states, while also providing an overview of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the blue economy. The report also highlights emerging and innovative sectors such as marine renewable energy, blue biotechnology, robotics, and maritime security and defence, which hold large potential for sustainable growth in line with the European Green Deal objectives. Access the full text here.
European Commission publishes study on the COVID-19 effects on the EU fishing and aquaculture sectors
 
The European Commission released a study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and confinement measures on EU fisheries and aquaculture production systems. The report, covering the March-September 2020 period for all EU member states, provides a summary of the effects of the pandemic in this sector, mitigation measures implemented by governments, and knowledge gaps. The full study is available here.
European Commission releases report on uptake of new technology for ocean observation
 
The report examines the present state of development of sensors and platforms to gain a better understanding of the uptake of new technologies in ocean observations in Europe and beyond. The study reveals a clear need for further development of ocean observation technologies, which provide vital information to scientists, policy-makers and private companies in the blue economy and climate change sectors. Read the full report here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Atlantic Pole to Pole: Climate Science 2 Policy
 
The event will take place online on 2 June 2021 as part of All-Atlantic 2021. Participants will discuss the importance of interdisciplinary long-term science to make climate predictions and support policy-making, and will reflect on the research priorities for establishing a framework for international collaboration in the Atlantic Ocean. The side event is co-organized by four Horizon 2020 research projects working on climate predictions in the Atlantic. Registration is free and open here.
A Digital Ocean for a Clean Ocean

The webinar, organized by Mercator Ocean International in partnership with the EU Green Week, will take place on 4 June 2021. The event will gather decision-makers and marine experts to discuss the opportunities of the digital ocean for a clean and healthy marine environment. The event’s agenda and registration information are available here.
AtlantECO webinar on Ocean Literacy
 
On 11 June, the AtlantECO webinar will bring together scientists, educators, NGO leaders, and professionals to discuss the concept and importance of Ocean Literacy and reflect on how Ocean Literacy can be adapted to various contexts in the Atlantic region. The event will highlight key principles for impactful Ocean Literacy, with invited speakers sharing success stories from around the Atlantic. Examples from EuroSea project will be presented during the webinar. The agenda and registration information are available here.
EC Ocean Observation Event
 
The event will take place online on 18 June 2021. It will gather together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss marine technology in the EU and ocean observing gaps and requirements. The event is linked to the EMODnet Open Conference and is jointly organized by the European Commission (DG MARE), EMODnet, and the European Marine Board, together with EuroGOOS and Copernicus Marine Service. Registration is free and 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, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, and the general public to debate the future of European research and innovation, with a focus on Horizon Europe. The agenda includes high-level plenaries, panel talks, and workshops on topics such as the post-COVID-19 recovery, the green and digital transition, research infrastructures, science-policy dialogues, and more. Registration is open here.
  ICES Annual Science Conference 2021

The conference, held virtually on 6-10 September, will include live sessions and pre-recorded presentations on a wide range of marine science topics, from fisheries management and the impact of shipping on coastal communities and ecosystems, to ocean acidification.  Registration is open here. The call for session proposals for the 2022 edition is open until 14 June 2021.
Polar Data Forum IV

The Polar Data Forum IV will take place online on 20-24 September 2021, and will be co-hosted by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and the European Polar Board (EPB). The Forum consists of a series of workshops and hackathons on 20-22 September, followed by a two-day plenary conference on 23-24 September. The call for abstracts for oral presentations and posters is open here before 18 June. More information is available on the event’s website.
 Ocean Hackathon: call for challenges

The 6th edition of Ocean Hackathon (5-7 November 2021), run by Campus Mondial de la mer, will bring together teams in 18 cities across the world to develop a prototype to tackle a sea-related challenge in 48 hours. Throughout the event, participants use a variety of marine data made available by local, national, and international data providers and are supported by coaches in data science, IT, marine science, and business. The call for challenges is open before 6 June. Read more here.
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