OCEAN DECADE LABORATORIES

The Ocean Decade Laboratories are a creative, interactive platform to support action for the Ocean Decade around the globe. 

They are a virtual catalyst of action for the Ocean Decade.

OCEAN DECADE LABORATORIES

The goals of each Laboratory are as follows:

Catalyse action for the Ocean Decade

Assemble diverse actors across generations and geographies to catalyze co-design processes and initiate development of Decade Actions.

Showcase Ocean Decade Actions

Present already endorsed Ocean Decade Actions, including programs, projects and contributions, to inspire new engagement and commitments.

Strengthen dialogue

Create opportunities for exchange, collaboration and the catalysis of partnerships in the context of the Ocean Decade.

Communication and outreach

Raise visibility and awareness of the Ocean Decade and attract new partners and stakeholders to engage the Ocean Decade.

Each Laboratory focuses on one of the seven Outcomes of the Ocean Decade. Laboratory participants leverage the opportunity for exchange, collaboration and the creation of sustainable partnerships. It is a self-standing event and encompasses a Core Event that will be complemented by a diverse range of Satellite Activities during a maximum time slot of 48 hours. The Core Event will be hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in partnership with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). Satellite Activities can be proposed by any institution interested in engaging in the Ocean Decade via two Calls for Online Sessions. Both calls will be launched globally to ensure that a diversity of time zones, languages, and regional and local contexts are represented in the Laboratories.

Examples of Satellite Activities could include:

  • “pitch sessions” for new Ocean Decade programs or projects that are looking for partners
  • announcements of Decade Actions or commitments
  • Decade Action design workshops or networking forums – interactive Decade Action “incubation” or “match making” sessions
  • skills training via short “Master Classes”
  • virtual exhibitions or launch of videos or art initiatives
  • competitions or hackathons

In a final virtual Wrap-up taking place at the end of each Laboratory, the outcomes of Satellite Activities and Core Event will be summarized and follow-up actions identified.

OCEAN DECADE LABORATORIES

7 – 8 JULY 2021

AN INSPIRING AND ENGAGING OCEAN

An inspiring and engaging ocean where society understands and values the ocean.

15 – 17 SEPTEMBER 2021

A PREDICTED OCEAN

A predicted ocean where society has the capacity to understand current and future ocean conditions.

17 – 18 NOVEMBER 2021

A CLEAN OCEAN

A clean ocean where sources of pollution are identified and removed.

23 – 24. FEBRUARY 2022

A PRODUCTIVE OCEAN

A sustainably harvested and productive ocean ensuring the provision of food supply.

MARCH 2022

A HEALTHY AND RESILIENT OCEAN

A healthy and resilient ocean where marine ecosystems are mapped and protected.

APRIL 2022

A SAFE OCEAN

A safe ocean where people are protected from ocean hazards.

MAY 2022

AN ACCESSIBLE OCEAN

An accessible and transparent ocean with open access to data, information and technologies.