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
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.
Two interactive 90 minute sessions alternating presentations, panel discussions and round tables.
Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre
Avenue du Boulevard 17
|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
|09:15 – 09:30||Mission Earth, Kay Binder, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG CNECT (Communications Networks, Content and Technology) - VIDEO|
|09:30 – 09:55|
|09:55 – 11:00||
How to unlock the potential of data? Towards a global “Blue-Cloud” - VIDEO
Moderator: Dick Schaap, Managing Director, Marine Information Service MARIS & Blue-Cloud Technical Coordinator
|11:00 – 11:30||Networking Coffee Break|
|11:30 – 11:40||Facing the Sargassum problem in the Mexican Caribbean through satellite and economic data analysis, Juan 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
|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
|13:00 – 14:00||
Networking Lunch at Thon Hotel in the Cap Nord