An Accessible Ocean - Core Event

PROGRAM Core Event

10 May, 2:30 – 5:30 pm CEST

The transformation to sustainability in general as well as a sustainable use and governance of the ocean is a knowledge-intensive process. Although enough knowledge is available to act, in order to achieve international targets such as the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda, it also has to find its way into the political process in order to inform decision-making. This Ocean Decade Laboratory understands ‘accessible’ to mean findable, as well as understandable and usable. It is positioned at the interface between science and policy, and reflects on innovative ways of turning knowledge into action.

MODERATOR

Monika Jones, International TV and Conference Host, Germany

2:30 pm CEST

OPENING

Jens Schiffers, Scientific Officer, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany

— Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, France

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director, The German Development Institute (DIE)/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Sebastian Unger, Head, Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

2:45 pm CEST

SESSION 1: WHAT KIND OF KNOWLEDGE IS NEEDED TO SUPPORT KEY OCEAN GOVERNANCE PROCESSES?

Panel Discussion

This session will reflect on the knowledge needed to guide implementation of global ocean goals and policy instruments such as 2030 Agenda, biodiversity, climate change, pollution, and multiple stressors from human activities.

Co-moderation

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Sebastian Unger, Head, Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

Panelists

Dixon Waruinge, Coordinator, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, Kenia
Joanna Post, Programme Management Officer, Intergovernmental Support and Collective Progress Division (UN Climate Change), Germany
Sheila Heymans, Executive Director, European Marine Board, Belgium
Andrea Weiß, Science Officer, German Environment Agency, Germany

3:40 pm CEST

Q&A with audience/online participants

4:00 pm CEST

BREAK

4:10 pm CEST

SESSION 2: WHAT DOES SCIENCE OFFER IN SUPPORT OF SUSTAINABILITY TRANSFORMATIONS?

Panel Discussion

This session will present important showcases, processes, platforms etc. Problems will be considered that would need input from the policy sphere, e.g. ICOS for marine carbon observations, GOOS or the EU Marine Board.

Co-moderation

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director, The German Development Institute (DIE)/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

Panelists

J. Murray Roberts, Professor, University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences & Head, Changing Oceans Research Group & Coordinator, European Horizon 2020 iAtlantic Project, Scotland
Karen Evans, Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Tasmania
Anya Waite, CEO & Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute, Canada
Jacqueline Uku, President, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), Kenya
Daniel Dunn, Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland, Australia

5:00 pm CEST

Q&A with audience/online participants

5:15 pm CEST

OUTLOOK AND EXPECTATIONS

Summary/Closing and outlook on Satellite Activities and Wrap-up

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Anna-Katharina Hornidge
, Director, The German Development Institute (DIE)/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

Co-Chair of the Laboratory “An Accessible Ocean”
Sebastian Unger
, Head, Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany