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

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 and capacity we need for the Mediterranean Region” is convened by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the Italian Oceanographic Commission, the European Commission, the United Nations Environment/ Mediterranean Action Plan(UNEP/MAP), the Mediterranean Science Commission, with the support of the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and in collaboration with the BlueMed Initiative, as part of the Ocean Decade Virtual Series.
The session will be organised in two parts:
-Part 1 - What are the main challenges and opportunities for collaborative research at regional level?
-Part 2 - What are the capacity development, training, education and resource needs at regional level?

-Opening, Enrico Padula - Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation  
-Vision of the Decade in terms of triggering a transformation in ocean science to take us from ‘the Mediterranean we have’ to ‘the Mediterranean we want’, Suzan Kholeif, Chair WG I, member of the Executive Planning Group, IOC-UNESCO
-Introduction to the Ocean Decade Virtual Series, Julian Barbiere - IOC Secretariat
-Outcomes of the Mediterranean Regional Workshop in a nutshell, Rosalia Santoleri - Italian Oceanographic Commission & Karim Hilmi, Vice-Chair Group V – IOC-UNESCO
Segment 1 – Inspiring effective co-design of the Decade actions for the Mediterranean Sea
Lessons learned from interdisciplinary initiatives / projects targeting the Mediterranean area

-How to recognize complementarities across knowledge systems and support effective interactions in the Mediterranean to co-design products overcoming institutional barriers?, Jelena Knezevic - MED POL, UNEP/MAP   
-How to further structure inclusive trans- and interdisciplinary approaches in Mediterranean Sea research for developing actions in the long-term?, Sigi Gruber, Head of Unit - EC-DG RTD & Co-chair, BlueMed GSO WG   
-How to foster cooperation between disciplines, sectors, and communities of knowledge, including local communities, in the Mediterranean Region? , Laura Giuliano - CIESM  
-How to promote increased private sector participation in the Mediterranean Sea research and innovation processes?, Fabio Ventoruzzo - AXA
-What policy instruments are required to promote more inclusive and interdisciplinary Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) settings in the Mediterranean?, George Petihakis - HCMR  EuroGOOS    

Segment 2: How to foster co-designed, co-production, co-delivery in ocean research in the Mediterranean Sea?
Identification of the capacity-development, education and training needs in the Mediterranean Sea

-Marine Spatial Planning, Vera Noon - MSPglobal International Youth Ambassador
-Underwater Cultural Heritage, Arturo Rey da Silva -  ODHN & ICOMOS-ICUCH  
-Med Ocean Literacy for engaging schools and young, Melita Mokos - UNIZD & EMSEA   
-Summaryand discussion between the panellists about next steps in the process, Francesca Santoro - IOC-UNESCO
Next Steps and closing
-Closing remarks by Rosalia Santoleri, Italian Oceanographic Commission

Margherita Cappelletto
Italian Research Council, IOC National Committee


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