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Ocean Decade Virtual Series: Co-designing the Ocean Science we need for the Polar regions

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

UN Agency


The Decade will provide a framework for collaborative and participative ocean research, and support better integration of diverse knowledge systems from different science disciplines and ocean communities.

This virtual session “Co-designing the science we need for Polar regions” is convened by UNESCO's IOC in partnership with The Research Council of Norway and  with the support of the Swedish Ministry of the Environment, as part of the Ocean Decade Virtual Series.

It will explore opportunities and challenges and discuss best practices to deliver co-designed, solution-oriented research that will lead to transformative Decade Actions with long-lasting benefits to the ocean and society.

Following the first global event on this topic, this virtual session will dive into Polar regions' contextual factors (drivers and perceptions) along with their needs and priorities at regional level in terms of transforming knowledge systems, developing capacity and enhancing training and education.

The session will be organised in two parts:
-Part 1 - The Arctic Ocean
-Part 2 - The Antarctic Ocean

This session will address the following questions: What are the main challenges and opportunities for collaborative research at regional level?  What are the capacity-development, training, education and resource needs at regional level?


•  Part I: Welcome and introductions

Moderator: Christina I.M. Abildgaard, Director Department for Ocean and Polar Research, The Research Council of Norway

- Welcome and introduction - Christina I.M. Abildgaard - The Research Council of Norway
- The UN Decade of Ocean Science - Marie-Elaine Boivin, Program Specialist - IOC-UNESCO
- Outcome of the planning process so far (The First Ocean Decade Virtual session / Arctic Ocean workshop with  Christian Riisager-Simonsen, Academic Officer - Danish Center for Marine Research / Southern Ocean workshop / Arctic Ocean Action Plan workshop series)
- On success factors and barriers for co-designed, transdisciplinary and transformative research - Lillian M. Baltzrud, Senior Adviser - The Research Council of Norway and OECD

•  Part II: Southern Ocean
Challenges and opportunities, capacity development, training and education needs in Southern Ocean Research

- Challenges and opportunities in Southern Ocean research - Ole Arve Misund,  Director - Norwegian Polar Institute and Delegate of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
- The British Antarctic Survey work with organisational transformation - Amie Jackson, Business Change Manager - British Antarctic Survey, United Kingdom
- Capacity development, training and education needs on interdisciplinary approaches and cooperation in the Southern Ocean research - Alexander Klepikov, Deputy Director  - Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Russian Federation

•  Part III: Arctic Ocean
Challenges and opportunities, capacity development, training and education needs in Arctic Ocean Research

-Challenges and opportunities in Arctic Ocean Research - Philippe Archambault, Scientific director - ArcticNet, Université Laval, Canada
-Is a Truly International Arctic Research Program Possible? - Larry A. Mayer, Chair - US National Committee Ocean Decade and professor University of New Hampshire (USA)
- Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme – Marine. Kári Fannar Lárusson, Programme Manager - Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
- Knowledge development for indigenous peoples´ societal resilience: Turning towards Arctic opportunities - Anders Oskal, , Secretary General, Association ofWorld Reindeer Herders (WRH)

•  Part IV: Summing up and closing remarks

-Q&A and comments from participants
-Next steps and closing remarks   






Contact: Julie Rigaud
UNESCO's IOC - Decade coordination team


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