Date: 
05 Feb 2020 - 09:00 to 13:00
Location: 
Brussels, Belgium

Improving the knowledge of our oceans and seas and bringing them closer to citizens

Jointly organised by the Blue-Cloud, AANChOR and AORAC-SA projects and the AtlantOS program

Co-located with the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum

Purpose

Research, innovation and data are critical to better monitor, understand, protect, preserve and sustainably manage our oceans and seas, as well as to forecast sea state and weather. Currently, many data and e-infrastructures initiatives are working to facilitate collection, access and management of data to provide scientists, agencies, the private sector and policy makers with ready-to-use tools and knowledge which can help to address grand societal challenges and guide policy decisions. And yet, worldwide initiatives remain fragmented, coordination between sometimes overlapping initiatives is insufficient, hindering the full exploitation potential of ocean big data. Both the Galway and Belém Statements aim at increasing operational efficiencies by optimising and coordinating the appropriate use, access, and sharing of research data and platforms.

Political statements on the oceans invariably have a strong focus on bringing the ocean closer to citizens. The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-30 was announced with exactly this purpose. Similarly, the European Union will make Mission Healthy Ocean, Coasts and Inland Waters one of its most publicly visible priorities in the next Research Framework Programme Horizon Europe, with the objective of delivering a public good. It is equally important to bring data to and from citizens and business. 

The purpose of the workshop is to contribute to the implementation of the Galway and the Belém Statements by better understanding the international data/e-infrastructure landscape and the needed federation efforts to accelerate the establishment of a global “Blue-Cloud” able to effectively and efficiently bring data at the service of society. Creative and innovative data applications will be presented to reveal the potential of oceans and seas for the market and the new generations.


Who should attend?

Policy makers, funding agencies, e-Infrastructures and Research Infrastructures, data providers, research & academic institution representatives, research communities, industry representatives, maritime business and innovation clusters, and projects related to blue economy from countries around the Atlantic.

Format

Two interactive 90 minute sessions alternating presentations, panel discussions and round tables.

Venue

Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre
Avenue du Boulevard 17
1210 Brussels

AGENDA

Time Activity
08:30 – 09:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee
09:00 – 09:15

Welcome and Objectives of the workshop, Sara Garavelli, Senior Project Manager, TRUST-IT Srl & Blue-Cloud Coordinator & Nicolas Segebarth, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Directorate C – Healthy Planet, C4 – Healthy Oceans & Seas

Nicolas Segebarth VIDEO
Sara Garavelli VIDEO

09:15 – 09:30 Mission Earth, Kay Binder, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG CNECT (Communications Networks, Content and Technology) - VIDEO
09:30 – 09:55

The potential market(s) for ocean data, Benjamin Williams, Metocean Director for the Americas region at Fugro - VIDEO

09:55 – 11:00

How to unlock the potential of data? Towards a global “Blue-Cloud” - VIDEO
Panel discussion with international representatives from major data infrastructure initiatives

Moderator: Dick Schaap, Managing Director, Marine Information Service MARIS & Blue-Cloud Technical Coordinator

Panelists:
- Jan-Bart Calewaert, Seascape Belgium & Head of EMODnet Secretariat
- Lisa M. Clough, Section Head Division of Ocean Sciences, US National Science Foundation (USA)
- Wim Hugo, Former Chief Information Officer at SAEON (South Africa)
- Ellen Kenchington, Senior scientist, Fisheries and Oceans (Canada)
- José Luiz Moutinho, AIR_DataNET
- Janice Trotte, Directorate General for Scientific, Nuclear and Technological Development of the Brazilian Navy (Brazil)

11:00 – 11:30 Networking Coffee Break
11:30 – 11:40 Facing the Sargassum problem in the Mexican Caribbean through satellite and economic data analysisJuan Toledo, Researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico - VIDEO
11:40 – 11:50

The impact of data visualization on science and society, Skye Moret, Senior Researcher, TBA21–Academy - VIDEO

11:50 – 12:40

Round tables on the potential of data for citizens, industry, policy makers and research sector. Discussions will revolve around the sharing of best practices, use cases, main challenges, lessons learnt

TOPIC 1 How citizens can contribute to data collection/ usage. Moderators: Toste Tanhua, GEOMAR & EuroSea Coordinator & Telmo Carvalho, IPMA, Portugal

TOPIC 2 How to connect the different data infrastructures across the Atlantic. Moderators: Sara Garavelli, Senior Project Manager, TRUST-IT Srl & Blue-Cloud Coordinator & Dick Schaap, Managing Director, Marine Information Service MARIS & Blue-Cloud Technical Coordinator

TOPIC 3 Industry & Ocean Data. Moderator: Benjamin Williams, Metocean Director for the Americas region at Fugro

TOPIC 4 Communicating "Blue science". Moderator: Skye Moret, Senior Researcher, TBA21–Academy

12:40 – 13:00

Final Panel: Accelerating the usage of ocean data - best practices, challenges and incentives - VIDEO

Moderator: Nicolas Segebarth, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Directorate C – Healthy Planet, C4 – Healthy Oceans & Seas

Panelists:
- Telmo Carvalho, IPMA
- Sara Garavelli, Senior Project Manager, TRUST-IT Srl & Blue-Cloud Coordinator
- Skye Moret, Senior Researcher, TBA21–Academy
- Dick Schaap, Managing Director, Marine Information Service MARIS & Blue-Cloud Technical Coordinator
- Toste Tanhua, GEOMAR & EuroSea Coordinator
- Benjamin Williams, Metocean Director for the Americas region at Fugro

13:00 – 14:00

Networking Lunch at Thon Hotel in the Cap Nord

 
Event Type: 
Blue-Cloud Event