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Past events

Science for Good Environmental Status expert workshop
The first S4GES expert workshop on ‘Musing on the concept of Good Environmental Status: the complexity of the status and the status of complexity’ is taking place virtually (2-4 December 2020). 

Science for Good Environmental Status expert workshop

The JPI Oceans Joint Action on ‘Science for Good Environmental Status’ (S4GES) aims to contribute to better understanding and achieving a GES in a more integrative way towards a sustainable use of the seas and ocean and support to the MSFD. The Joint Action will be articulated in three main lines of activities: (i) Knowledge sharing, (ii) Joint integrated monitoring approaches, and (iii) test beds and augmented observatories.

Cooperation, involvement, and exchange among user groups (policy makers, infrastructure providers, etc.) will continuously take place to identify scientific ideas and solutions, which can be implemented and serve user needs.

From 2 to 4 December 2020 the first S4GES expert workshop on ‘Musing on the concept of Good Environmental Status: the complexity of the status and the status of complexity’ is taking place virtually. The workshop is jointly organized by BlueMed Initiative and JPI Oceans and focuses on the complexity in the marine ecosystem and the connected aspects for the implementation and governance of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. 

We kindly invite you to participate in the workshop and feel free to distribute the workshop information within your communities. If you would like to attend the workshop, please fill in the registration form here. The number of participants is limited to 250 and registration ends on 1st December 2020. Read the workshop programme here.  For more information on each talk, please take a look at the abstract booklet.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (JPI Oceans Secretariats contact:
JPI Oceans Management Board meeting November 2020
The 22nd meeting of the JPI Oceans Management Board will take place as an online.

The Board will, among other items, discuss JPI Oceans' ongoing and planned Actions, JPI Oceans' proposed strategy framework and reflect on the latest developments of Horizon Europe and the proposed partnerships. 

The Management Board meets twice a year to discuss the ongoing activities of JPI Oceans and to plan for the future. Each member country is represented in the board.
Facebook Live: Climate change & the ocean

On 4 November, JPI Oceans will host a special Facebook Live on how small ocean dynamics drive our climate. The event will feature one of four projects and its massive field campaign funded under the joint call “Next Generation Climate Science in Europe for Oceans”.

Oceans play a key role in the climate system and are also affected by climate change. As confirmed by the recent IPCC special report on ocean and cryosphere, ocean dynamics are a major modulator of weather and climate, including future trends and extremes. 

Focusing on ocean-climate dynamics and how they affect the Earth’s climate and marine ecosystems under global warming, the event will welcome guest speaker Prof. Sabrina Speich, coordinator of the newly launched JPI Oceans & JPI Climate EUREC4A-OA project. Sabrina Speich is professor of Oceanography and Climate Sciences at the Ecole Normale Superieure and is a member of the Laboratoire de Metereologie Dynamique (LMD), the coordinating institutions of the EUREC4A-OA project consortium. The session will include a presentation of the EUREC4A-OA project, followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.

Practical details: 

The event will take place on 4 November 2020 at 17:30 CET, as a Facebook Live session on the JPI Oceans Facebook page. No event registration is needed. Questions to our guest speaker are welcome and encouraged for the live Q&A. Questions can be submitted during the event in written form, in the comments under the Facebook live post.

JPI Oceans activity Cumulative Effects of Human Activities meeting
On 4 November, the JPI Oceans activity Cumulative Effects of Human Activities will gather nominated experts from interested member countries to re-examine options and revise the roadmap for the action.

JPI Oceans and the lead country Norway are organising an online meeting for nominated experts on Wednesday 4 November. This first meeting of the resumed activity will give an update on the work thus far, gather inputs from relevant projects and JPI Oceans activities and discuss the current roadmap and the way forward.

JPI Oceans beyond 2020: Stakeholder Webinar
The webinar will be the prelude to the online feedback which will be a crucial element to engage the wider community in the development of the new strategy framework of JPI Oceans. 
The revised strategy aims to provide a framework and direction that will allow JPI Oceans to add value to national research and innovation efforts, to address European science and policy ambitions, and to contribute to global marine and maritime agendas.


The draft programme for the webinar is available here


The webinar will be hosted on Zoom. To participate, please register here.

Online survey

Through an online survey, as a stakeholder of JPI Oceans and its R&I output you will have the opportunity to share with us your comments and suggestions on the role of JPI Oceans, research and innovation priorities and potential for Joint Actions and collaborations. To provide you with a comprehensive overview of the state of play, the draft Strategy Framework will be published and the survey opened one week before the webinar.

Expected outcomes

The feedback received through the survey will be analysed and consolidated by the JPI Oceans secretariat. The analysis, alongside input from parallel national consultations, will be brought forward in an enriched version of the Strategy Framework that will be tabled for adoption by the JPI Oceans Management Board in autumn 2020. 
NTNU-CNR Webinar - Towards a Mission on Healthy Oceans

The event will provide an opportunity to discuss the current state of implementation of the Mission “Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters”.

Participants will debate on an input paper produced by Researchers coming from Helmholtz, CNR, NTNU, UPTEC, University of Plymouth and others, proposing a possible approach addressing a functionalized role for aquaculture plants for the benefit of all marine-data users.

Confirmed speakers include Minna Wilkki (Head of Missions & Partnerships Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission), Sieglinde Gruber (Head of the Healthy Oceans & Seas Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission), Gesine Meissner (Member of the Mission Board Oceans), Bjarne Foss (Pro-Rector for Research, NTNU), Siri Granum Carson (Director, NTNU Ocean), Alexandra Neyts (General Secretary, EATIP), and Arvid Hallén (Chair of the Management Board, JPI Oceans).

More info: registration page 

World Oceans Day 2020 - JPI Oceans Facebook Live Session
In celebration of World Oceans Day on 8 June 2020, at 17:30 CEST, JPI Oceans will host a special Facebook live session focusing on the impacts of microplastics in the oceanic environment, with guest speaker Dr. Aaron Beck from the HOTMIC project. 

Plastic pollution poses a major threat to the health of ocean ecosystems and their inhabitants. Several aspects of microplastics pollution are however still largely unexplored. In fact, less than 10% of the total amount of plastics entering the oceans can currently be accounted for, likely due to the lack of quantification of smaller microplastics by modern techniques and export from the ocean surface. Such knowledge gaps pose considerable challenges to tackling microplastics pollution and keeping our seas and oceans healthy.

Exploring some of these issues and how to tackle them, the event will welcome Dr Aaron Beck from the newly launched HOTMIC project as guest speaker. Dr Beck is a research consortium member from the coordinating institution, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany. The project, officially kicked off in 2020, will aim to close some of the above-mentioned knowledge gaps, and focus on the analysis of the horizontal and vertical oceanic distribution, transport and impacts of microplastics.

During the event, Dr Beck will present the HOTMIC project, its aims and expected outcomes, and will then proceed to answer the questions submitted in the Facebook live comments by the audience during a live Q&A session. 

2020 UN Ocean Conference - Postponed

In light of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and growing public health concerns, the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference, which was scheduled to take place from 2 to 6 June in Lisbon, Portugal, has been postponed per decision 74/548 adopted by the General Assembly on Monday, 13 April 2020.

The 2020 UN Ocean Conference is one of the first milestones of the newly launched Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, and will aim to drive science-based innovative solutions for global ocean action. 

The 2020 UN Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is strengthening its efforts to mobilize, create and drive solutions to realize the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. As one of the first milestones of the newly launched Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, the Conference will propel science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.


More information on the UN Ocean Conference website


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