European Conference of Aix-Marseille Université “Protect our Oceans: the challenge of Europe’s global leadership”

Date - 16/06/2021
9:00 - 17:30

Aix-Marseille University and its partners invite European and international policy-makers, leading scientists, ocean governance stakeholders and experts to examine timely issues about the state of ocean science and governance and to propose potential steps forward.

Ocean ecosystems are facing unprecedented challenges that are not yet fully understood. This knowledge is urgently needed to building a holistic understanding of ocean ecosystems and to monitoring the impact of human activities, as emphasized in the Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II) launched in April 2021.

The 2021 European Conference coincides with and aims to contribute to two major initiatives to strengthen the European and global ocean science community: the 2021-2030 United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and ‘Horizon Europe’, the framework-programme for research and innovation of the European Union, including its Starfish Mission for healthy oceans.

The maritime dimension of the European Union and of its Member States entails a particular responsibility for supporting the global partnership and help enhance scientific collaboration worldwide.

The different sessions will address the challenges of contaminant dispersal, biodiversity loss and climate change that the ocean is facing. Scientific and interdisciplinary strategies, solutions envisioned by both public and civil society organisations as well as policy agendas and funding instruments at EU and global level will be discussed.

Please, note that registration is required (at the latest on 14 June 2021 at 11.59 pm – Brussels time) in order to receive personalised login-in instructions and to access the event.

REGISTRATION (required – deadline: 14 June 11.59 pm CET)



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