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Past events

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

Microplastics Kickoff Meeting
On 20 May 2020, JPI Oceans will host the online kickoff meeting for six newly selected microplastics projects, funded under the Joint Action Ecological Aspects of Microplastics, including 71 partners from 16 countries. The meeting will convene project coordinators and consortia, formally introducing and discussing each project, including a virtual expert panel and Q&A session.

The six new projects on microplastics are: 

  • ANDROMEDA - Analysis techniques for quantifying nano-and microplastic particles and their degradation in the marine environment – Coordinator: Dr Richard Sempéré, Université d'Aix-Marseille, France
  • HOTMIC - Horizontal and vertical oceanic distribution, transport, and impact of microplastics – Coordinator: Dr Mark Lenz, GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel, Germany
  • FACTS - Fluxes and Fate of Microplastics in Northern European Waters – Coordinator: Prof Jes Vollertsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • microplastiX - Integrated approach on the fate of MicroPlastics (MPs) towards healthy marine ecosystems - Prof Luca Brandt KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • i-plastic - Dispersion and impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans: from regional land-ocean interface to the open ocean – Coordinator: Prof Patrizia Ziveri, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • RESPONSE - Toward a risk-based assessment of microplastic pollution in marine ecosystems - Coordinator: Prof Francesco Regoli, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy
European Maritime Day 2020 - Postponed
The European Maritime Day (EMD) Conference and Expo is the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and forge joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy. Due to COVID-19, this year's EMD hosted by Ireland has been postponed. Organizers are currently looking into alternative dates. 

EMD 2020, organised jointly by the European Commission, the City of Cork and Our Ocean Wealth Summit, originally set to be celebrated on 14 and 15 May 2020 in Cork City Hall together with Our Ocean Wealth’ (OOW), has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For more information, visit the European Commission website

JPI Oceans Management Board meeting
The 21st meeting of the JPI Oceans Management Board, originally set to take place in Stockholm, Sweden, will take place as an online meeting due to COVID-19. 

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

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.
JPI Climate - JPI Oceans Workshop: Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise
The Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research together with the Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) have taken the lead in organising a workshop on the operationalisation of a Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise under the joint umbrella of JPI Oceans and JPI Climate.

This workshop including experts, partners and funders will take place as a video conference on 22-23 April to discuss the concrete steps and requirements needed to establish the Knowledge Hub. The Knowledge Hub on Sea Level Rise intends to focus on regional to local sea level changes in Europe and the needs and involvement of policy making and coastal planning.  It aims to provide a networking platform to promote exchange, synthesis, integration and generation of knowledge on regional and global, historic and future sea level rise to support development and implementation of related policies at local, national and European level. 
The virtual meeting will facilitate the interaction between research and policy professionals with different disciplinary backgrounds and expertise by assessing and communicating recent scientific and socio-economic developments at an aggregation level adjusted to ongoing themes and debates in policy and public arenas. The main goals of the online workshop is to get agreement on the organisational structure and set of core activities, and to monitor the potential commitment of funding agencies to provide kick-off funding to generate a set of pilot products (conference, assessments, communication strategy).


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