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SOPHIE People, Health and the Ocean Conference

How can we sustainably interact with the Ocean and improve our own health and wellbeing? The People, Health and the Ocean Conference hosted by the H2020 SOPHIE Project will tackle this question, showcasing the findings of the two-year project and the launch of the European Strategic Research Agenda for oceans and human health.

Held at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels, Belgium, the SOPHIE People, Health and the Ocean Conference will mark the end of the two-year Horizon 2020-funded Seas, Oceans & Public Heath in Europe (SOPHIE) project. 

The event will showcase the findings of the project and launch of the European Strategic Research Agenda for oceans and human health. It will welcome a variety of stakeholders, experts and policy makers to discuss ways to enhance this area of research across Europe.

The award ceremony for the Dr Edouard Delcroix Prize will also be hosted at the event. 

For more information and the conference agenda, please visit the SOPHIE website 



Mission Clean Oceans - How can science and innovation tackle ocean pollution?
The European Commission’s leadership towards a Green Deal, the recent constitution of the new European Parliament and re-establishment of its SEARICA Intergroup, and the discussions of the Oceans Mission Board provide an inspiring backdrop to discuss how science and innovation can tackle the problem of ocean pollution from plastics and beyond.
Our oceans and seas are in the process of turning into a gigantic waste dump. Pollution threatens ecological health, coastal security, our blue economy and a basis of our wellbeing. Plastic litter remains a great threat and a major environmental issue to people worldwide. The equivalent of 850 shipping containers filled with plastics are dumped into the rivers and ocean every day resulting now in over 5 trillion floating plastic pieces reaching even the most remote parts of our ocean. Excess nutrients, chemical and pharmaceutical waste, munition, noise, microbes, and other pollutants add further stress to the marine biodiversity and ecosystems.
The new European Commission’s President aims to move Europe towards a zero-pollution ambition. In particular, the proposed new research and innovation programme Horizon Europe, includes Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters as one of the only five priorities (“Missions”). Issues of ocean pollution are also priority topics for the Joint Programming Initiative for Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) and for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The event will take place from 16:00-18:00 at the European Parliament Brussels (Room ASP 3H1).

Registration for the event is open on the SEARICA website.

MarTERA brokerage event
The MarTERA Cofund on on marine and maritime technologie organises its third brokerage event for potential applicants of its recently launched call for for transnational research and innovation projects.

The brokerage event is open to potential partners from all sectors who are interested in collaboration on development and competitive breakthroughs of marine and maritime technologies. Participants will be informed about the joint call on marine and maritime technologies and can meet potential partners.  

The brokerage event will also host an elevator pitch session. Attendees who are interested in pitching their project idea please contact Hanna Lee Behrens at for further details. Time slots for pitching are assigned by the principle of first come first serve.

The event will take place in Leuven, Belgium, a 20 minutes train ride from Brussels airport.

For details about Brokerage Event 2020 more information on the MarTERA brokerage event website.


JPI Oceans Get Together: New Pollutants Edition
On 27 November JPI Oceans will host the Oceans Get Together featuring a short presentation the Knowledge Hub on Integrated assessment of the effects of new (and existing) pollutants.
The Oceans Get-Together takes place at the JPI Oceans secretariat (Rue du Trône 4, 1000 Brussels) starting from 12.00. The goal is to bring together the marine and maritime R&I community in Brussels and meet in an informal atmosphere to exchange ideas and information about ocean related matters. As part of the November edition of the Oceans Get Together, there will be a short presentation about the JPI Oceans Knowledge Hub on Integrated assessment of the effects of new (and existing) pollutants. 
The knowledge hub is a network consisting of selected experts from JPI member countries. It will look into the need to improve the methodological basis for marine chemical status assessment, e.g. by focusing on increasing the efficiency of integrated assessment methodologies. The Hub will be holding its’ third meeting to work on its’ activities to deliver integrated advice to the JPI Oceans Management Board on the topic.
If you are interested to attend the Oceans Get-Together, please send an email to  
JPI Oceans Management Board meeting
The 20th meeting of the JPI Oceans Management Board will take place in Madrid, Spain. 

The Board will, among other items, discuss JPI Oceans' ongoing and planned Actions, work on the revision of JPI Oceans' strategy, reflect on latest developments of Horizon Europe and strengthen bonds with the host, the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI).

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.
ICES annual science conference 2019
This conference will take place from 9 - 12 September in Gothenburg, Sweden. The call for abstracts is open untill 11 March.
More information on the different themes is available here.
Challenges of Contaminants of Emerging Concerns - World Water Week
JPI Oceans joins forces with Water JPI and JPI AntiMicrobial Resistance for World Water Week in Stockholm.

One of the most serious risks for freshwater and marine ecosystems and consequently human health derives from the occurrence of emerging contaminants and pathogens, especially antibiotic resistant bacteria, in the environment. 
To face this challenge in a comprehensive way and to provide multidisciplinary solutions for a safe and clean aquatic ecosystems (freshwater, groundwater, marine), three Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs): Water JPI “Water Challenges for a Changing World”, JPI Oceans “Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans” and JPI AMR “On Antimicrobial Resistance” are jointly acting for strengthening the European Research Area (ERA) in the field of clean and healthy aquatic ecosystems and to leverage untapped potential in the collaboration between the freshwater, marine and health research areas. The three JPIs expect to launch a co-funded transnational and multi-disciplinary call for research and innovation proposals at the start of 2020.

The three JPIs, along with the Swedish Research Council, and Formas, are gathering experts to discuss the area of emerging contaminants and pathogens at World Water Week. The showcase will enable stakeholders and end-users to present their own challenges, influence and improve the objectives and strategies developed in the upcoming call in order to address the most urgent scientific challenges and priorities- in doing so, pave the way for the implementation of a more efficient Water policy.

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe's water issues. This year it will address the theme "water, ecosystems and human development".

More info: 
2019 IMBeR Open Science Conference
Future Oceans2 is the second IMBeR Open Science Conference and will provide an opportunity to join world leading researchers to present advances in science from all disciplines that contribute towards ocean sustainability for the benefit of society.

In addition to delivering an update of the pertinent science, Future Oceans2 will foster productive inter-and trans-disciplinary discussions and provide a forum to strategically map future research directions. Within this context, Future Oceans2 is based around three interlinked themes –
Theme 1. Understanding and quantifying the state and variability of marine ecosystems;
Theme 2. Improving scenarios, predictions and projections of future ocean-human systems at multiple scales; and
Theme 3. Improving and achieving sustainable ocean governance.
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