An Inspiring and Engaging Ocean

The ocean is a place of wonder. It engages and inspires all those with an interest in and connection to the ocean, including current and future generations of scientists, policymakers, government officials, managers and innovators, to realise the Ocean Decade’s vision. 

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A change in society’s relationship with the ocean is needed to catalyse changes in behaviour and ensure the effectiveness of Ocean Decade solutions. Ocean literacy approaches, formal and informal educational and awareness-raising tools, and measures for ensuring equitable physical access to the ocean can all achieve change. When implemented in concert, they will expand society’s understanding of the ocean’s economic, social and cultural value and illuminate the diverse roles the ocean plays in supporting health, wellbeing and sustainable development. This outcome will showcase the ocean as a place of wonder that inspires the next generation of scientists, policymakers, government officials, managers and innovators.

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Ocean science’s latest findings show how our oceans are changing. “From knowledge to action – from action to impact” is an innovative, agile undertaking to bridge the science-policy gap. The Laboratory uses an inter- and transdisciplinary approach to address society’s need for healthy, sustainable oceans. Looking ahead to the positive impacts of diversity and inclusivity, it empowers participants to tap the Decade’s full potential by taking sustainable action. The Laboratory highlights the key roles of co-design and innovation in moving from science to solutions, and ultimately catalyses behavioural change for a healthy, resilient and productive ocean.


Registration/ Event

7 July, 5:30 - 7:30 pm CEST

OCEAN RISING: The Quest to Inspire the Public

Join us for motivating talks and breakout discussions on how to inspire the public by engaging popular culture in ocean sciences and storytelling.

7 July, 6:00 - 8:00 pm CEST

Co-Developing an Ocean Literacy Research Program for the Decade

This collaborative design workshop is the first in a series of three to co-develop an Ocean Literacy Research Program for the Decade. In this initial session, we will co-identify what research has been done.

7 July, 6:00 - 8:00 pm CEST

WE ARE OCEAN Vancouver: Cease Wyss’s Ocean Botany

Cease Wyss’s private lesson on ocean botany brings the ocean of British Columbia, Canada, to the curator Anne-Marie Melster, teaching her all about the interconnection of medicinal plants of British Columbia and their impact on ocean health.

7 July, 6:30 - 9 pm CEST

Fashion for the Ocean

Fashion has been blamed for ocean pollution. But fashion can also help save our waters. This session will entail an interesting mix of art, ocean advocacy and nature-based solutions in fashion to save our seas.

7 July, 7:00 - 8:00 pm CEST

Chile California Council: Enabling Coastal Marine Strategies to Reach International Commitments

Discussing the enabling conditions to establish a coastal strategy for Chile using learning curves from California on the implementation of science-based and participative processes for the design of effective coastal marine policies.

7 July, 7:00 - 10:00 pm CEST

Women’s Leadership in Marine Technology and Science

Please join us for a two-part session discussing challenges and opportunities for women in marine technology and science.

7 July, 9:00 - 9:45 pm CEST

ECOPs: Empowering the Next Generation of Ocean Leaders

The objective of this session is to introduce the world to the ECOP Program. It will provide an overview of how the program began, its achievements and vision. 

Meeting ID: 881 2213 8315

Passcode: 701409

8 July, 5:00 - 7:00 am CEST

Vaka Moana: A Journey to an Inspiring and Engaging Pacific Ocean We Want

The program will use a participatory approach to develop a futures triangle to map the future we want for our Blue Pacific Ocean. 

All Satellite Activities

Speakers & Moderator


Julian Barbière

Head of Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section, UNESCO/IOC


Anne-Cécile Turner

Sustainability Director at The Ocean Race


Dr. Katy Croff Bell

Founder and President of the Ocean Discovery League


Richard Vevers

Founder and CEO of the Ocean Agency


Dr. Easkey Britton

Marine Biologist, Big Wave Surfer and Author


Dr. Antony Firth

Co-Chair of the Ocean Decade Heritage Network (ODHN)


Dr. Diva Amon

Marine Biologist and Director of SpeSeas


Sir Peter Gluckman

 President Elect of the International Science Council

ALL Speakers

CORE EVENT – Program (Draft)

8 JULY, 2:30 PM – 5:15 PM CEST


Monika Jones

2:30 pm


- Welcome and introduction to the Ocean Decade: The journey ahead - What are the outcomes of the Ocean Decade?
- Introduction to the Ocean Decade Laboratories
- Overview of the program
- Video presenting the ocean as a place of wonder and inspiration

- Monika Jones, event moderator
- Julian Barbière, Head of Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO
Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck, Head, Research Unit „Physical Oceanography”, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel University, Germany

2:40 pm

DRIVING THE CHANGE: The relationship between society and the ocean

- Are we ready to change?
- How to drive the step change required for sustainable behavior changes
- How to anchor science in policy frameworks for long-lasting changes
- How to create empathy, ensure inclusivity and inspire action throughout the Ocean Decade?


- Leila Ben Hassen, Founder and CEO of Blue Jay Communication Ltd


- Sir Peter Gluckman, President Elect of the International Science Council and President of the International Network for Government Science Advice
- Dr. Emma McKinley, Research Fellow at Cardiff University and Chair of the Marine Social Sciences Network
- Dr. Gerald Singh, Assistand Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Deputy Research Director at the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center
- Dr. Antony Firth, Co-Chair of the Ocean Decade Heritage Network (ODHN), Technical Advisor for the Honor Frost Foundation and Director of Fjordr Ltd.


- Dr. Easkey Britton, Marine Biologist, Big Wave Surfer and Author

Q&A with audience

Challenge 10: An Inspiring and Engaging Ocean (video)

3:25 pm

INSPIRING TO CARE: The power of communication

- Innovative approaches to scientific communication
- What is the role of changemakers, influencers, innovation and coalition in various sectors, including food, fashion, sport and art, in changing the narrative and fostering action in the Ocean Decade?


- Dr. Diva Amon, Marine Biologist and Director of SpeSeas


- Richard Vevers, Founder and CEO of the Ocean Agency
- Mirella Leis, Founder of the Fish Market
- Dr. Katy Croff Bell, Founder and President of the Ocean Discovery League
- Anne-Cécile Turner, Sustainability Director at The Ocean Race

Q&A with audience

4:10 pm


- The role of ocean literacy, media, education and citizen science in the Ocean Decade
- Empowering indigenous and local knowledge holders through the Decade
- Supporting early career and young ocean professional communities to create a legacy for the future via the Ocean Decade


- Captain Londy Ngcobo, Ship Navigator, Dredge Master and Maritime Speaker


- Nikita Shiel-Rolle, Founder and CEO of the Young Marine Explorers and the Cat Island Conservation Institute
- Anissa Saudemont, Founder of
- Dr. Jonatha Giddens, Fellow at National Geographic and Chief Scientist DSRP at the National Geographic Society Exploration Technology Lab
- Prof. Dr. Xianfeng Zhang, Professor at the Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Q&A with audience

Retrospect V.ECOP Day (short video)

4:50 pm


- Wrap-up and next steps
- Virtual Dive
- How to stay engaged in the Ocean Decade

- Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO
- Maya Gabeira, 2x World Record holder and Oceana Ambassador
- Dr. Erika Woolsey, Co-Founder and CEO of The Hydrous, Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at Stanford University and National Geographic Explorer

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

EMPOWERING TO ACT: Innovation workshop

Interactive breakout sessions – pre-registration required. Please note that numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first come –first served basis!

After having registered here you will get the check-in details on 6 July to the event platform. There you can register for the workshop.


8 JULY, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CEST


Monika Jones, Event moderation, studio
Fiona-Elaine Straßer, ECOP Co-Moderation

5:30 pm


Introduction and goals
Overview of program

5:40 pm

Summary of Core Event

Documentation film of Core Event

Results and impressions of innovative workshops

What else happened on the event platform?

Impressions and examplary insights in Satellite Activities


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