Explore the Decade



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Our first Ocean Decade Laboratory will be held on 7 July and 8 July 2021 offering valuable insights around the Ocean Decade Outcome: “An Inspiring and Engaging Ocean”.

During this event we will investigate the key elements required for the change we need to see over the course of the Decade. You are warmly invited to join us! 

REGISTRATION: If you have not registered yet, please click here

The day before the Laboratory, you will receive an additional e-mail with check-in details for the event platform. Our Core Event will be live-streamed there, offering panel discussions and interviews on 7 July from 2:30 pm to 5:15 pm. Directly following the Core Event an hour long interactive workshop entitled ‘Creating an Inspiring and Engaging Ocean’ will be held for a limited number of participants to allow a deep-dive exploration of potential Ocean Decade Actions and partnerships that are needed to achieve the ambition  of the Decade. Registration for this workshop will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration link for the interactive workshop will be sent to you in the additional e-mail with check-in details for the event platform on the day before the Laboratory.

Both during and after the Core Event, you will be able to interact and network with other participants and speakers via matchmaking or direct chats (text and video).

What else is planned? Short answer: A lot! Slightly longer answer: A total of 15 Satellite Activities, hosted by a diverse range of experts from several fields and targeting various goals. These will be made up of workshops and panel discussions along with interactive lectures around topics as diverse as ocean science, coastal protection, awareness and education, fashion, Early Career Ocean Professionals, diversity and plenty more besides! You can take part in surveys, quizzes and Q&A sessions as well as broader networking possibilities. 

  • Satellite Activities

Programme 7 July 2021

OCEAN RISING: The Quest to Inspire the Public (5:30 - 7:30 pm CEST)

Co-Developing an Ocean Literacy Research Program for the Decade (6:00 - 8:00 pm CEST)

WE ARE OCEAN Vancouver: Cease Wyss’s Ocean Botany

Fashion for the Ocean (6:30pm CEST)

Enabling Conditions for the Implementation of Successful Coastal Marine Policies in Chile Using Learning Curves from California (7:00 - 8:00 pm CEST)

Women Leadership in Marine Technology and Science (7:00 - 10:00 pm CEST)

ECOPs: Empowering the Next Generation of Ocean Leaders (9:00 - 9:45 pm CEST)


Programme 8 July 2021

 Ocean Literacy Design Jam 12:00 - 3:00 pm CEST

Scientists for Ocean Literacy 2:00 - 3:30 pm CEST

Multi-stakeholder monitoring evaluation in Tokyo Bay "Waters Takeshiba" to helpunderstand the interaction between land and ocean 2:00- 3:30 pm CEST

 The People We Need for the Ocean We Want 3:00 - 4:30pm CEST


Deep Sea to Desktop: The iMirabilis2 Expedition 5:15pm CEST


Co-Designing Solution-Oriented Research for Sustainable Development 16:00 - 17:30 (CEST)


Vaka Moana: A Journey to an Inspiring and Engaging Pacific Ocean We Want 5:00 - 7:00 pm CEST


 A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to Promote Gender Equity in Ocean Science 8:00 - 11:00 pm CEST



The final Wrap-up on 8 July from 5:30 pm to 7 pm will also be live-streamed on our platform and will reflect the Core Event and Satellite Activities while offering valuable insights and interviews with several participants. 

Take a look at our program to find out more about our first Ocean Decade Laboratory: “An Inspiring and Engaging Ocean”. 

Register here: https://bit.ly/2Us4VQ1 

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  


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