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Open Science for the Ocean: meet Blue-Cloud Demonstrators

Blue-Cloud Event
23 March 2021 01:00

Purpose & Scope

Europe has developed an impressive marine observation, data-handling and sharing, modelling and forecasting capability. Moreover, EU Member State investments in marine data collection, sharing and processing infrastructures and operations generate huge amounts of information and marine knowledge are at the basis of these capabilities, contributing to a dynamic and diverse ecosystem.

This half-day stimulating workshop aims to demonstrate how the Blue-Cloud project is combining distributed marine data and computing resources with analytical tools to deliver services supporting marine research on better understanding & managing the many aspects of ocean sustainability and demonstrating the potential of open science in the marine domain.

This innovation potential is explored through the five dedicated Blue-Cloud demonstrators, as Virtual Labs co-designed with high-level marine researchers and powered by the Blue-Cloud Platform. The workshop will map out technical innovations that the demos will contribute to achieve  in multiple and interrelated contexts (such as marine research & science, the blue economy, the food sector, the environmental and climate change analysis, etc.). 

The event also shared initial reflections on the Blue-Cloud Roadmap to 2030 for the future exploitation of Blue-Cloud assets, well embedded as a leading system in the wider marine community and as a component of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), which will call for contributions from the wider marine community in the coming months.

Who should attend?

Marine research infrastructures and e-infrastructures, Policy Makers in Ocean Governance and data infrastructures, blue economy industry, researchers & scientists, ICT industry, producers, distributors and users of marine data and all European initiatives, even from other fields, interested to further exploit the Blue-Cloud main assets. The workshop is also open to any citizen scientists passionate about any marine-specific issue or challenge by using standard workflows, data and tools and wanting to protect part of the ocean system, while at the same time promoting a green and more sustainable blue economy who are welcome to join.

Discover the Blue-Cloud demonstrators

Key Benefits

Participants gained insights into the main features of each Blue-Cloud demonstrators and how they can support their work in producing, distributing and using new data. Furthermore, how the new features can have a positive impact in their research, science, policies and/or business innovations within the Blue Economy but also in the marine domain as a whole, by advancing the collective knowledge and understanding of the marine system.

From the event, you may: 

  • Gain a complete understanding of how Blue-Cloud services can improve the sustainability and knowledge of the marine area.
  • Understand why and how the Blue-Cloud demonstrators are relevant to address marine societal challenges.
  • Gain valuable insights on research and policy priorities in the marine and open science communities.
  • Get a first overview of how to use the Blue-Cloud services


11:00 - 11:45

Welcome to Blue-Cloud

11:00 - 11:05 The relevance of Blue-Cloud within the EC Framework Programmes
Nicolas Segebarth, Policy Officer, unit Healthy Oceans & Seas at European Commission
11:05 - 11:10

Demonstrating the potential of Open Science in the Marine domain (Presentation)
Sara Pittonet, Trust-IT Services and Blue Cloud Coordinator

11:10 - 11:15

Setting the scene of the Marine data landscape: the Blue Cloud Flagship project (Presentation)
Dick Schaap, MARIS and Blue-Cloud Technical Coordinator

11:15 - 11:30

The Blue-Cloud LaB (Presentation)
Pasquale Pagano,


11:30 - 11:45 Coffee Break


11:45 - 13:00

Unlocking the potential of Open Science: Meet the B-C Demonstrators

11:45 - 11:55

Fisheries & Aquaculture
Fish, a matter of scales and Aquaculture Monitor Demonstrators (Presentation)

Anton Ellenbroek, FAO

11:55 - 12:05

Plankton biodiversity & genomics
Plankton Genomics Demonstrator (Presentation)
Pavla Debeljak, Sorbonne University
Zoo and Phytoplankton EOV products (Presentation video)
Patricia Martin-Cabrera, VLIZ

12:05 - 12:15

Marine Environmental Indicators (Presentation)
Massimiliano Drudi, CMCC

12:15 - 12:45

Open, moderated discussion

Introduced by Linda Fourdain, GIS and statistical analysis specialist at the FAO/GFCM, Sheila JJ Heymans, Executive Director of the European Marine Board, Robert Huber, Marine Geologist and Information Specialist at MARUM, Jaume Piera, Chair at the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA)

12:45 - 13:00

The Blue-Cloud Roadmap to 2030 (Presentation)
Kate Larkin and Julia Vera, Seascape Belgium


Wrap-up & next steps
Sara Pittonet
, Trust-IT Services and Blue-Cloud Coordinator